Sunday, April 19, 2009

Montecristo No. 5 - Cigars from Havana, Cuba

Size: No. 5 - 4" x 40 (102 x 15.88 mm) Perla, a tres petit corona
My experience: Not the mildest of petit cigars, with a lingering after-taste. Puffing time was about 30 minutes ;-) whilst sipping Famous Grouse.

Pay in the region of RM$100 for five No.5s, at duty-free prices.

Montecristo is the name of two brands of premium cigar, one produced on the island of Cuba for Habanos SA, the Cuban state-owned tobacco company, and the other produced in La Romana, Dominican Republic for the Franco-Spanish tobacco monopoly Altadis SA.
The Montecristo brand was created in 1935 by Menéndez, García y Cía,[citation needed] then the owners of the popular H. Upmann brand of cigars. Having just purchased the H. Upmann marque from J. Frankau & Co., Menéndez and García decided to produce their own subset of the regular H. Upmann line, called the H. Upmann Montecristo Selection.
The name for the brand was inspired by the Alexandre Dumas, père novel The Count of Monte Cristo, which was supposedly a very popular choice among the torcedores (cigar rollers) in their factory to have read by the lector on the rolling floor.

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