Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante Grande - 2023 #17 Cigar of the Year

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Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante Grande Cigars | Selected by Cigar Aficionado 2023 #17 Cigar Of The Year – Rated 93

During the long and exhausting process of putting together blends that would potentially become Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua, AJ Fernandez and Rafael Nodal settled on two final candidates. One of those went on to become the targeted cigar, but the other just “needed a bit more age.” Fast forward a few years, and the one that needed to age further would become one of the finest cigars to ever wear a Montecristo band: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edicion Diamante Grande. Translated as “Diamond Edition,” this Nicaraguan puro is made by hand at Nicaragua’s own San Lotano factory under the supervision of AJ Fernandez himself. The recipe contains all Nicaraguan leaves—wrapper, filler, and binder. The wrapper is the star of the show, a low-priming hybrid wrapper grown in Jalapa, one of Nicaragua’s richest growing regions. Patience proved to be a winning strategy with this one, as the extra few years of aging indubitably transformed good tobacco into incredible tobacco. So incredible, in fact, that this blend promptly earned a pair of respectable 93 ratings in Cigar Aficionado, along with a spot on the famed magazine’s Top 25 Cigars of 2023.

The packaging is classic Montecristo style mixed with some special edition flare. The brown and gold bands feature a diamond logo, making it easy to differentiate between Edition Diamante and the original 1935. Each and every vitola is lovingly constructed and checked over multiple times to ensure an easy draw, a sharp burn, and plenty of voluminous, thick smoke with every puff. This cigar starts off with a heavy dose of spicy Nicaraguan pepper, soon smoothing out to an array of cocoa, nuts, and cedar. Leathery, earthy flavors seem to be the main theme of the flavor profile, while touches of dark chocolate and bakers’ spices adorn the retrohale. The finish is smooth, spicy, and rich, and overall, this stick finishes at the very strong end of medium-full-bodied. The 6” x 60 Grande size is the one that made the Top 25 list, known for its cool and mellow take on the flavor profile.

Like its predecessor, Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edicion Diamante is meant to be enjoyed by the most seasoned connoisseurs only. A well-developed palate, plenty of patience when it comes to enjoying a cigar puff by puff, and a good understanding of complexity and balance are all necessities for truly appreciating a cigar of this stature. It pairs well with bourbon or cognac and is ideal as a special occasion cigar. If you loved the original Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua, this stick is a must-try. Compare the two and let us know which one you like better! If you are an experienced aficionado that takes cigars seriously, or if you are a long-time fan of Montecristo or AJ Fernandez, don’t hesitate to take the plunge and experience what people are calling the most luxurious Montecristo cigar to date: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edicion Diamante Grande.

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Additional Information
Strength ●●●●○ Medium-Full
Brand Montecristo
Size 6 x 60
Wrapper Nicaraguan Jalapa
Binder Nicaraguan Ometepe Criollo
Filler Nicaraguan Esteli
Origin Nicaragua
Shape Gordo
Rating filter No
Weight 0.00 lb


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