Altadis U.S.A., maker of world-renowned premium cigars, announces the release of the Montecristo Espada Oscuro, a follow-up cigar to the Montecristo Espada, which earned a top-20 honors from Cigar Aficionado in 2015.
Once again, the “Grupo de Maestro’s” (Montecristo’s highly-regarded group of Master Blenders) were given access to the Plasencia’s library of tobaccos. The goal was to pair the world’s best blenders, with the premier tobacco growing family, creating the ultimate adult cigar smoking experience.
Like the original Montecristo Espada, the Montecristo Espada Oscuro is a Nicaraguan puro. However, in addition to the excellent Nicaraguan tobaccos used for the binder and filler, it also includes an extremely rare and well-aged Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. This special wrapper was discovered in the vast Plasencia library by Rafael Nodal (Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA). Nodal, along with Grupo de Maestro member Pedro Ventura, and the Plasencia family worked together to find the perfect final blend.
“I am honored to have worked together with the Grupo de Maestros and the Plasencia family on this project,” Nodal said. “I not only feel that we created a blend that is worthy of the Montecristo Espada name, but also added a new dimension to the smoking experience, with the addition of this special Habano Rosado Oscuro Wrapper.”
“We are extremely excited about the Montecristo Espada Oscuro,” said Eddy Guerra, Senior Brand Manager of Altadis U.S.A. “The success of the original Espada we felt gave us mandate to push the envelope, to give our customers another great blend that can proudly sport the Montecristo Espada band. This cigar will give the Espada adult smokers a nuanced smoking experience that will deliver on flavor and richness.”
The Montecristo Espada Oscuro will be available in May and will be expressed in three vitolas:
Ricasso: 5 x 54 – $13.27 MSRP
Guarde: 6 x 50 – $13.80 MSRP
Quillon: 7 x 56 – $14.60 MSRP