Montecristo 75th Aniversario

    In 1935, Montecristo, one of the world’s most iconic cigar brands, was born in Havana. But with the Cuban embargo the "Monte" disappeared from American humidors. However, between 1993 and 1994 a new Montecristo emerged in the United States, this time from the Dominican Republic. It has since been made in various offerings, but the newest, the Montecristo 75th Aniversario (www.altadisusa.com, $10–$18.50), is by far the best. With the spice of a silky Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and the medium-full heft of a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler, this unique blend can be smoked down to its distinctive band. The one-year-only celebratory cigar is available in five shapes: the 5 x 44 No. 4, 5 5/16 x 52 Edmundo, 6 1/8 x 52 No. 2 pyramid, 7 x 54 Churchill, and 40 x 7 1/2 lancero. All are available in five- or 20-cigar cedar presentation chests with a sliding drawer, or in a handsome 150-cigar tabletop humidor.

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