There’s a new Montecristo coming from yet another Nicaraguan factory.
This time, it’s Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A., the Nicaraguan factory of Abdel Fernández. The new Montecristo Crafted by A. J. Fernandez is a five-vitola line using an Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.
It’s offered in Churchill (7 x 50), Figurado (4 x 52), Gordo (6 x 58), Robusto (5 x 52) and Toro (6 x 50). All vitolas are box-pressed with pricing between $9.95-12.50.
“We are extremely proud to deliver to the market this collaborative project between two exciting entities,” said Rob Norris, president of Santa Clara, Inc., in a press release. “The blend they put together really makes a statement for both companies and I can’t wait to hear the customers reaction.”
The cigar will go on sale on Dec. 1 at JR Cigar. It will then be offered through Santa Clara, Inc., the wholesale distribution company associated with JR Cigar. Both companies are part of Tabacalera USA, which also owns Altadis U.S.A., the company that holds the trademark for Montecristo in the U.S. and sells most of the Montecristo brands directly through its sales force.
This is the second time in three years that a Montecristo has been produced in Nicaragua at a non-Altadis U.S.A. factory. In 2014, the company launched Espada by Montecristo, a brand produced at Plasencia Cigars S.A.