Continuing Montecristo’s increasingly frequent partnerships with the Plasencia family and their Nicaraguan-based factory, the company has now announced the latest such release—Montecristo Espada Oscuro.

The original Espada by Montecristo first debuted in 2014, being blended by parent company Altadis USA’s Grupo de Maestros (a collection of master blenders with more than 300 years combined experience), in collaboration with the famed Plasencia family. When released, the cigars marked Montecristo’s first Nicaraguan puro blend.

Montecristo Espada Oscuro is likewise a Nicaraguan puro, but the blend is bolstered by a special, well-aged Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. This leaf is said to have been discovered by Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA, while searching through the Plasencia’s vast library of vintage tobaccos.

I am honored to have worked together with the Grupo de Maestros and the Plasencia family on this project. 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.Rafael Nodal

Nodal has worked alongside Grupo de Maestros member Pedro Ventura, as well as members of the Plasencia family, to establish the final Montecristo Espada Oscuro blend. The cigars have been rolled in three sizes and are expected to arrive at retail shelves in May.

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Montecristo Espada Oscuro Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A. (Costa Rica)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $13.27–$14.60 (MSRP)
  • Release: May 2019
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