is one of the top premium brands from Cuba - its biggest in terms
Rudman wrote: "Brands success has a lot to do with unique
tangy flavour. This partly created by storing ligero leaves for
filler in special type of cedar wood boxes, partly because of unique
technique of arranging filler leaf. Generally slightly milder than
Cohiba with less ligero leaf in their blend."
of sales and best known;
the benchmark of Cuban cigars
for size and flavour.
read in one of our copies of Cigar Aficionado: Enrique Mons, one of Havana's
great cigar aficionados and the head of the humidor room at La Casa de
Habano, the city's most prestigious tobacconist, could smoke anything
he wants, considering the vast selection of cigars in his shop - all the
sizes and shapes of Cohiba, Hoyo de Monterrey and Punch, among others
- but when he decides to smoke a cigar he usually picks a Montecristo.
"I have always smoked a Montecristo", says Mons. "It's
a unique cigar with unique character. The blend is rich, but more importantly,
the wrappers are very special."
our Montecristo evening will offer some "very special" smokes:
On arrival you will be offered a Montecristo Mini
(Mini cigarillo) (80mm x Ring 20)
Machine made using all Cuban leaf this has a smooth, light Cuban taste
with an unusually easy draw for such a small cigar. Ideal to start the
evening, preparing the taste buds for the richer flavours to follow.
(If you're early, you may have time for two.)
you are seated you can select your Montecristo Especial No.2
(Panatella, 152mm x Ring 38)
The Ring 38 panatella is the size which Castro preferred. The narrow ring
gauge means that the draw is a little tighter than usual and it requires
a slightly different smoking technique. If you draw too hard in order
to get a full mouthful of smoke you may cause the cigar to burn hot, which
will ruin the delicate flavour. Draw softly - and if you need a larger
volume of smoke, take a slightly longer draw and/or draw a little air
alongside the smoke. A gentler smoke - suitable for sipping between courses.
The batch we'll be smoking at the dinner has a light claro leaf with a
lovely glowing wrapper.
for "ta da"- the Montecristo"C" Edición
(Corona Extra, 143mm x Ring 46)
In 2000 the Cubans started production of their limited-edition cigars
I am indebted to James Suckling's articles in Cigar Aficionado for the
"The concept behind the smokes was to produce a small number of cigars
in a shape normally not found in a particular brand using aged filler
and wrapper. According to Fernando Lopez, the head of all Cuban cigar
factories, the Limitada range was never designed to be a Maduro line of
new smokes, like many Cuban cigar lovers believe. Rather, he said, it's
always been the aim to make the limited sizes with an aged wrapper of
two to three years that shows a slightly darker brown colour than the
The leaves come from the upper part of the tobacco plant (the corona),
which get the most sun and are picked last. This makes the leaves richer
and riper - not Maduro, but Colorado Oscuro or Oscuro (dark brown to very
dark brown). The cigars have a richer, slightly more spicy flavour than
normal Montecristo cigars.
This sumptuous cigar will round off the evening.
Cigar Aficionado articles we refer to can also be read online: