Altadis U.S.A. is ready to release its latest premium cigar offering, one that comes directly from the master blenders who create some of the company’s biggest and most well-known brands.
The Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch uses a full-bodied and spicy Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper from the 2010 crop of the Oliva Los Rios farm, while the binder is Dominican Olor from the 2010 crop of Villa Gonzalez, known for its natural sweetness. The filler comes from Nicaragua, a blend of 2010 Jalapa Criollo ’98 vis and 2012 Jalapa Corojo ’99 ligero, giving the cigar a strong, robust and aromatic core.
The cigars are being released in a single 6 x 54 toro vitola with an MSRP $15 per stick. They come packed in 100-count boxes, of which only 250 are being made for a total production of 25,000 cigars. The boxes are made from the cedar shelves upon which the cigars were aged and show the natural wear of the shelves and giving each box its own unique character. Each box is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The cigars were made at Tabacalera de García in the Dominican Republic.
Several retailers who have Montecristo lounges have already announced the cigar, including Smoke Inn and Corona Cigar Co., both of which are in Florida. Jeff Borysiewicz of Corona Cigar said the cigar was a new arrival in an Instagram post today:
#nowsmoking New Arrival at #coronacigar Montecristo Groupo de Maestros Private Batch. Really liking this new #cigar. Well aged Nicaraguan filler, Ecuador Sumatra wrapper and Dominican binder. Made in the Altadis factory in the Dominican Republic. Medium bodied, full flavored and solid construction. $15 a stick or $1,350 for a box of 100. #cigars #cigardave #cigarlife #cigarsnob #cigarsociety #cigaraficionado #luxurylife #luxury #botl #sotl
A company spokesperson told halfwheel that shipping will begin to all retailers on Monday, Jan. 12.
The Grupo de Maestros is headed up by Javier Elmudesi, the Manager of Tabacalera de Garcia, and includes Victor Avila, Carlos Travieso, Nestor Rodriguez, Candido Rosario and Pedro Ventura. Collectively, they have over 150 years of cigar blending and manufacturing experience.