Montecristo cigars

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vista-montecristoMontecristo is the best known and probably the most appreciated brand of Habanos throughout the world. It forms the benchmark for many Habanos smokers against which other brands are judged.

The name comes from the hero of Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel ‘The Count of Montecristo’, which was a firm favourite when read by the Lector to the Torcedores (cigar makers) at the factory where it was founded in 1935.

The original Montecristo range of sizes was composed of a narrow assortment numbered from 1 to 5.  Today it consists of a wide variety of vitolas to cover every level of the cigar enthusiast’s needs.  In 2004 the 52 ring gauge Edmundo size was introduced in recognition of the trend for heavy gauge sizes, and a shorter version, the Petit Edmundo, followed two years later.  Why Edmundo? It is the first name of Edmundo Dantes, the hero of Dumas’ novel.

2009 saw the introduction of a new Series, Montecristo Open, consisting of four sizes blended to a lighter flavour than other sizes in Montecristo’s range and aimed at a new generation of smokers, who enjoy the pleasures of outdoor pursuits.


Línea Open


Línea Clásica


Montecristo Petit Edmundo

Montecristo’s perfectly balanced blends are created exclusively with selected filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone, home of the finest tobaccos in the world. Both its original medium to full taste and medium flavour found in the Open Series offer a distinguished aroma and appeal equally to new and experienced smokers.

All sizes are ,  – long filler, totally hand made.

  • Medium to Full
  • Línea Open: Medium

Long filler. Filler that is made from full-length tobacco leaves.

Totally by hand. A description created in Havana to differentiate between Cuban methods of making cigars by hand from the semi-mechanised metods used elsewhere that can legally be described as "Hecho a Mano" or "Hand Made".

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Montecristo White cigars

  • Ultimate Montecristo 5 Pack Box Selection

    Full House

    Perfect for family get togethers when everyone wants a cigar but everyone has different palate levels. This beautiful 5 pack has something for everyone.

    ByHershal A.


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  • Montecristo White Prontos Petites

    Great for group occasions

    I like to take these golfing, great for sharing especially if some friends arent used to smoking large cigars. I am more of a beginner myself and the taste of monte whites are exactly what im looking for. Nothing too harsh, and super smooth



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  • Montecristo White Toro Cigars Whiskey Gift Set

    Great gift set

    The glasses are great quality. The cigars speak for themselves. Glad I picked this up!



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  • Montecristo White Toro Cigars Whiskey Gift Set

    The right stuff

    Bought this as a little gift for myself, absolutely turned my week around.

    ByMick Dave


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  • Montecristo White Toro Cigars Whiskey Gift Set

    Perfect for long winter nights

    I've found that when I have trouble sleeping, a good cigar and a stiff glass of whiskey really soothes me. Five stars.



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  • Montecristo White Toro Cigars Whiskey Gift Set

    Worked like a charm

    Dad loved it! We smoked a couple together, best Father's Day ever.



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  • Montecristo White Churchill 10

    good golf cigar

    In my humble opinion, this is the best cigars to accompany you for 18 holes of golf. It's my go to because of the quality and for it's endurance, lasting between 12 & 15 holes. Keeps it's shape and smokes to the very end.

    ByCIGAR 1


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  • Montecristo White Toro


    I really enjoyed this cigar and have it as one of my favorites!



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  • Monte Romeo Classic Box Assortment


    This looks so similar to the five box selections habanos offered years back. But I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery. It offers a wonderful cross-section of some of the greatest classic brands fairly produced. Definitely something that can be enjoyed by any and every smoker.

    BySmitty J.


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  • Ultimate Montecristo 5 Pack Box Selection

    Father's Day Home Run

    I'm blessed that both my father and my father-in-law enjoy cigars as much as I do. I decided to pick this sampler up for each of them this year and boy have I been The Golden Boy all summer. Want to make your dad happy or anyone for that matter, grab one of these awesome selections

    ByDennis S.


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    Montecristo White

    Smokers were searching for a milder version of the classic Montecristo brand, and boy did Altadis deliver with the Montecristo White. One of the most renowned Cuban brands, which came over to produce Dominican cigars in the early 90s, is an amazing example on how to keep innovating a classic and still provide smokers with just as much quality and flavor. To make a mild cigar with this much flavor is a hard task, but Montecristo’s White Label pulls it off. A flavorful blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos are bound by a Nicaraguan binder. The beauty of this stick comes from the Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper leaf. Pale, creamy, and perfect are three words which would describe it.

    A simplistic white band is all this cigar needs since the beauty of the wrapper leaf speaks for itself. A razor sharp edge and perfect smooth draw was present from beginning to end. Montecristo White had an extremely tasty note of spice on first light but quickly mellowed into very creamy smoke.

    Sometimes when a smoker sees a mild cigar it can be at the expense of flavor, but the Montecristo White is a wonderful exception. The creamy plethora of smoke which this stick provides is a perfect companion to a morning cup of coffee. Great to wake you up and get you moving on your day. If you are seeking something with just a little more oomph, the classic Montecristo line will be right up your alley.

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    Montecristo is one of the most recognizable cigar brands in the world. Even nonsmokers are able to identify the brand's iconic logo—six golden rapiers that form a triangle around a centered fleur-de-lis. Like many Cuban cigar brands, there is both a Cuban version and a non-Cuban version of Montecristo sold in cigars shops throughtout the world. (Read "What's In A Brand Name?" for more.) In 2015, Montecristo turned 80 years old, a milestone that was honored with special cigars from both Cuba and the Dominican.

    Whether or not you enjoy lighting up the Cuban or non-Cuban version of Montecristo, the brand has an interesting history. Here's a list of nine facts you may (or may not) know about Montecristo:

    It’s not that old.

    Compared to brands like H. Upmann (created in 1844), Partagás (1845) and Romeo y Julieta (1875) Montecristo is a relative youngster. The brand was first rolled in 1935 in Havana. Today, it’s one of the world’s most popular cigars.

    It was born via acquisition. In 1935, Alonso Menendez acquired Cuba’s Particulares Factory and created a new cigar brand. Cigar rollers would be read books and stories by a lector while they were working, among them the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. As legend goes, Menendez named his new brand after the book—turning Montecristo into one word, rather than two—and decorating the box with a triangle of rapiers, an homage to the swords referred to in the novel. 

    Montecristo No. 4 cigar

    When in doubt, buy a Montecristo No. 4.

    The Montecristo No. 4, a petit corona that measures 5 1/8 inches long by 42 ring, was the most popular Cuban cigar for many years. (It has been overtaken by Partagás Serie D No. 4s, but it remains immensely popular.) You can find them just about anywhere, and they’re remarkably good despite being produced in immense quantities, and in more than one factory. Going back five years in our ratings, the cigar has not scored lower than 89 points, and has scored as high as 93. You can buy them in boxes of 25, or in handy five packs. They’re reasonably priced: $6 in Cuba, and £13.20 ($17) in London. 

    They used to be made exclusively at the H. Upmann factory.

    About one year after creating Montecristo, Menendez created Menendez Garcia y Cia., which quickly bought the H. Upmann factory (and the brand with it). They turned it into the largest in Havana, with more than 1,100 workers. The factory rolled Montecristo and H. Upmann cigars. 

    There was an intentional knockoff.

    When the Menendez family lost the brand to Cuban nationalization in September 1960, they left Cuba, virtually penniless. In 1961, Benjamin Menendez (the son of Alonso, who owned Menendez Garcia) opened Compania Insular Tabacalera S.A. in Las Palmas, Canary Islands and began making Montecruz. Alonso was an investor in the company. It was a near-copy of Montecristo and became one of the better-selling cigars in the United States.

    The 1972 lawsuit Menendez v. Faber, Coe and Gregg Inc.—the latter an importer of Cuban cigars—was the landmark case that established the right of the cigarmakers in exile to market their versions of the brands they used to make in Cuba. The lawsuit led to the creation of Cuban Cigar Brands NV, which owned the trademarks H. Upmann, Montecristo and Por Larrañaga. The 1970s saw the creation of the non-Cuban Partagas and H. Upmann brands. In 1990, Consolidated Cigar Corp. (which eventually became Altadis after mergers) began making Montecristos for the American market.

    It has a dizzying array of varieties.

    The Montecristo brand has at least 15 sub-brands made in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. In Cuba, you can choose from the core Montecristo, plus the Montecristo Open (which went on sale in 2009) and Montecristo Línea 1935 (a brand-new version that began shipping last year). Some consider Cuba’s Montecristo Edmundo cigars (Edmundo, Double Edmundo and Petit Edmundo) as a brand within the brand. For non-Cuban Montecristos, there are at least a dozen versions, ranging from the mild Montecristo White to the strong Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez. 

    Montecristo A cigar

    It’s the only Cuban brand with a surviving “A” size...

    Romeo y Julieta Fabulosos, Sancho Panza Sanchos and Davidoff 80 Aniversarios are long-gone “A” sizes from Cuba, but the Montecristo “A” remains. The 9 1/4 inch smoke is the longest made in Cuba today on a regular basis.

    …But it was slow to get on the robusto bandwagon.

    The most popular cigar size in the world is a robusto, and it has been for decades. But up until quite recently, the Cuban Montecristo brand didn’t have a regular-production robusto size. The Montecristo Robusto appeared first in 1998 in a limited-edition Millennium jar, then as an Edición Limitada in 2000. For regular-producton smokes, the new Montecristo Línea 1935 Dumas (5 1/8 inches long by 49) is the closest to a robusto format. It hit the market last year. The non-Cuban line has long had several robustos, including the Montecristo Nicaragua Robusto, Cigar Aficionado’s No. 10 cigar of 2018. 

    Old ones can be quite valuable.

    There once was a Montecristo B, a cigar that was discontinued years ago. It measured 5 3/8 inches by 42 ring. A box that was only partially filled (it had 30 cigars) once sold for £6,500 ($8,500) at a Christie’s auction, or £216 pounds ($284) per cigar. There were also a Montecristo No. 6 (4 7/8 by 36) and Montecristo No. 7 (6 7/8 by 28), but they are long gone.

    MontecristoMontecristo (Non-Cuban)


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