The third and final of Habano’s S.A.’s 2016 Edición Limitadas has begun to arrive at retail, as today the Swiss distributor Intertabak AG announced that the Montecristo Dantés EL 2016 is available for sale at La Casa del Habano stores in the country.
The Montecristo Dantés (6 3/5 x 48) comes in the Hermosos No.1 vitola, a grand corona that indicates that the Cuban cigar conglomerate hasn’t completely forgotten about fans of sub-50 ring gauge cigars. It’s also the first 48 ring gauge cigar released in the Montecristo marca, and its name is a nod to Edmond Dantès, the main character of Alexander Dumas’ book The Count of Montecristo, from which the marca gets its name.
It comes in 10-count boxes and sells for 250 Swiss Francs per box, or roughly US$248.33. Intertabak AG said that the cigar will be available in Habanos Specialist stores in the country on Feb. 22.
The release of the Montcristo Dantés completes Habanos S.A.’s 2016 Edición Limitada program, as it joins the Romeo y Julieta Capuletos and the Trinidad Topes in the market. The Edición Limitada program was launched in 2000 as a way to release cigars from the company’s global brands in new sizes that aren’t regularly available and using tobacco that has been aged for a minimum of two years. While the aging requirement originally only applied to the wrapper, in 2007 all of the tobacco used in the Edición Limitada releases gets the minimum amount of aging.