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Montecristo 75th Aniversario

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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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