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#nowsmoking: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Maduro Toro

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#nowsmoking: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Maduro Toro Cigar Review

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Cigar Review – Toro 

Factory: San Lotano – Ocotál, Nicaragua 
Size: 6” x 54 
Strength: Full 
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano  
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua 

Presented in Boxes of 10, 5-packs and singles (as available) 

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The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Back Story 

Given its rich Cuban cigar history, some may assume that Montecristo cigars have been around since the late 19th century like many other Cuban brands. Actually, the first Cuban Montecristo cigars arrived on cigar store shelves in 1935 Those original Montecristos used a signature blend of tobaccos created by Alonso Menendez,  which became the standard for the brandThe smoke was very rich, balanced, and very refined.  

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary cigar and box

Now, 85 years later, the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua selection reveals a first-ever interpretation of the original 1935 blend that made Montecristo the iconic brand it is today. That’s quite a challenge – especially when you’re attempting to recreate a vintage Cuban puro with Nicaraguan tobaccos.  

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary cigar and drink pairing

To accomplish this, Tabacalera USA assembled a cast of some of the world’s leading tobacco expertsRafael Nodal, the Grupo of Maestros, and AJ Fernandez. The goal: Find a precise and proprietary blend of aged tobaccos that pays homage to the original tobaccos used in those first MontecristosAfter digging through a forest’s-worth of tobacco leaves, the final blend was not a literal recreation of the Cuban version; rather, it convincingly reflected the classic characteristicsconstruction, and balance of the original 1935 Montecristo. 

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary box pressed cigar

“To honor the age-old tradition of box-pressing cigars, the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua will be introduced as a soft-pressed series in four sizes,” said Rafael. “The cigar offers a luxury showcase from seed to smoke that combines classic craftsmanship and extra-aged estate tobaccos from Nicaragua’s best growing regions.”  

In addition to the Toro reviewed here, Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua cigars are also available in the following sizes:  


Montecristo 1935 Anniversary cigar review by Gary Korb
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Toro offers a full-bodied smoke teeming with dark tobacco flavors augmented by notes of earth, nuts, sweet spices, charred oak, and black coffee. 


The Basics At a Glance 

Construction: Beautifully rolled, box-pressed, and sealed with a seamlessly applied triple seam cap. The fine-toothed wrapper has a very rich, oily appearance, and is virtually blemish-free. The box pressing helps the cigar feel comfortable in the hand. No soft spots or protruding veins were present. 
Cold Draw: Clipped with a double blade cutter, the draw had just the right amount of pull, issuing flavors of cocoa, coffee, and some tobacco sweetness. 
Toasting and light: Not a problem. Foot takes to flame fairly easily. Smokers should toast this cigar slowly to caramelize the flavors. First few puffs were mostly earthy and peppery. 
Base flavors: Earth, nuts, sweet and peppery spices, charred oak, black coffee. 
Aroma: Sweet. 
Retrohale: Very smooth and lightly spicy.  
Burn & Ash: Just about perfect. The burn required no touch-ups, and the ash was mostly grey and impressively firm.   



Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Toro cigar review part 1

The first several puffs offered a flash of earthy-peppery smoke that went right up my nose. After that very dark, earthy start, the cigar rounds out fairly quickly, transitioning to a much sweeter flavor with a combination of sweet tobacco and a little terra firmaOnce you hit the one-inch mark, the cigar finally settles down even further to a mediumbodied mix of earthiness, nuts, pepper and sweet spiceNear the end of this section, the pepper subsidies for a smooth, refined smoke laced with flavors of earth, nuts and an underlying sweetness. 

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary burn and ash

The burn is excellent so far, too, revealing a pretty firm grey ashNice aroma, too. 



Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Toro cigar review part 2

Almost a mirror image of Act I, except the pepper has left the building, but for a little remaining on the finish. At this section the cigar reveals some additional sweetness and spice, while the layers of nuts and earth remain intact. Yet, here some charred oak chimes in. I’ve also begun to notice how much rich, dark tobacco flavor this cigar has. (If this is what the 1930s era Montes tasted like, they must’ve been mighty fine.) The body is more mediumfull, but the strength is tilted toward full. We have now reached the proverbial “sweet spot.” 



Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Toro cigar review Part 3

Still very smooth, and much more savory.  The body and strength are now full, but not heady. The smoke is still very tastynot peppery or bitter, while the core flavors remain fairly well-defined. hint of black coffee sneaks in, too. Add in the sweet spices, oakiness, nuts, and earth and you’ve got a stealthy, well-balanced cigar  


What can I pair with this cigar besides coffee?  

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua cigar and Zafra 21 rum pairing

Our whiskey expert suggested Blanton’s Original Single Barrel for its caramel sweetness and notes of citrusoak, and baking spices. We also like Willet Straight Rye cask strength shown in the video. Willet is a robust rye with dark cherry, burnt vanilla, spices, and a weighty mouthfeel. But I tend to like rum with such “Cubanesque” cigars. Zafra Master Reserve 21 has a pleasant fruity aroma with a hint of wood. The flavor has just the right amount of sweetness with a hearty oak taste. You can’t miss with any of these.  

(Find more cigar and drink pairing combinations here.) 


Final Thoughts. . .  

ns Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Toro cigar review summary

What we have here is a juggernaut of flavor and complexityIt’s pretty obvious that Rafael, the Maestros, and AJ went all out on this anniversary cigarTrying to recreate a profile similar to the 1935 original Montecristos had to be excruciating. It’s one of the more outstanding aspects about this cigar, and a testament to the kind of tobacco growing, fermentation, and aging they can do these days. This Toro also had a certain character I haven’t found in many other “domestic” Montecristos. So, it’s a winner. The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Toro may be a little bold for some since I think this cigar requires some cigar smoking experience to truly appreciate it. All-in-all, a well done and humidor-worthy cigar, since it will improve even more with a little added rest.

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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