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Montecristo Espada by Altadis USA cigar review “Finest tobacco leaves”

Brand History:

If you have ever enjoyed a premium cigar, there is a good chance you have enjoyed a cigar crafted by Altadis U.S.A. Responsible for many of the world’s most renowned brands including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, and Trinidad, Altadis U.S.A. has been crafting great cigars since 1918.

Over the years, Altadis U.S.A. has grown into one of the largest cigar manufacturers in the world and has gained access to the finest tobacco leaves from growers worldwide. This allows them to fulfill their mission to provide the highest quality products at the fairest prices. Across all of their brands, connoisseurs have come to enjoy the consistency and well-made construction that signify Altadis U.S.A. cigars and that make them some of the finest time and time again.

Today, Altadis U.S.A. operates production facilities in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Virginia and has production affiliations in Mexico and Nicaragua. In addition to handcrafting premium cigars, Altadis U.S.A. established the Montecristo Relief Organization in 1999 to raise funds for charities to bring renewed hope to victims devastated by hurricanes and other natural disasters. To date, the millions of dollars raised by the organization has helped build homes, schools, and medical facilities, and provided scholarships and economic opportunities to victims of natural disasters in the Caribbean and the United States.


The cigar has an attractive and evenly colored brown wrapper with an oily sheen.  An earthy pre-light smell was present at the foot.


Journey Profile:

1st quarter: The Espada starts off with a very smooth and effortless draw that provided plenty of smoke through to the palate. There were some spices present through the nose with a good texture on the palate.   2nd quarter: There was plenty of oaky aroma with some bean texture and then a subtle sweetness with more smoky earth flavor developed. It started to open up nicely as the burn progressed – rich characters bloomed with a light creamy texture in the smoke and an underlying sweetness.   3rd quarter: Its spices mellowed out and a greater earthy flavor continued to come through. Sweet dense tobacco notes began to join the profile.    4th quarter: There was a full flavored smoke and its outstanding construction allowed the cigar to keep a dense, dark gray ash. Some light spice developed back through the nose.



Final Thoughts:

The Montecristo Espada is a medium-full body that is loaded with consistent flavor. It had an even and slow burn with flavor characters that are not overwhelming the palate. It is fairly complex with a good build in body and intensity – an effortless cigar to smoke and enjoy.



Myron Gooch Sr.

Reviewed at: The Man Cave.

Time Smoked: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Cost: Mailed Sample.

Wrapper: Habano Jalapa Vintage 2010

Binder: Habano Jalapa Vintage 2009

Filler: Habano Jalapa Seco Vintage 2008, Habano Jalapa Viso Ometepe Vintage 2008 and Habano Condega Ligero Vintage 2008 fillers.

Size: 6” x 50.

Rating: 91.

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