Distributed widely throughout the world and sold originally by Dunhill New York, the Montecristo brand cigar currently accounts for almost 50% of all Cuban cigars exported each year, making the Montecristo the most popular Havana cigar in the world. The Montecristo was originally branded in 1935 under the name "the H. Upmann Montecristo Selection".
When appointed the British distribution agent, the John Hunter firm shortened the brand's name to Montecristo. The John Hunter firm also redesigned the brand's logo to its distinctive red and yellow box with the triangular crossed swords.
Montecristo forms the benchmark for many Habanos smokers against which other brands are judged. The name comes from the hero of Alexandre Dumas's famous novel 'The Count of Montecristo', which was a firm favorite among the Torcedores (Cigar Rollers) at the factory in Havana where it was founded in 1935.
Today the range, which was originally composed of a narrow assortment strictly numbered from 1 to 5, covers every level of the cigar enthusiasts needs from the majestic Montecristo A to the tiny Joyitas.
Montecristo's perfectly balanced blend is created exclusively with selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region, home of the finest tobaccos in the world. Its distinctive medium to full flavor and distinguished aroma, appeal equally to both new and experienced smokers. All Montecristo sizes are now and always have been 'totalmente a mano, tripa larga', totally hand made, long filler.