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The history of the Montecristo brand is quite eventful. The company bears the name of the main character of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, which was much beloved by cigar rollers who listened to the lector while rolling the cigars.
It was established in July 1935 when its founder Alonso Menendez purchased the Particulares factory. Pepe Garcia became his partner soon after that, and production was moved to another factory, H. Upmann Factory.
Though Menendez and Garcia fled Cuba after the Revolution, the factory remained in operation. Jose Manuel Gonzalez, one of the top cigar rollers, received his promotion to floor manager and reanimated the brand.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the product line of the Montecristo brand was broadened by five new sizes - the A, the Petit Tubo, the Joyita and the Especial No. 1 and 2. Three other new vitolas, the Montecristo B, No. 6 and No. 7, were launched but later discontinued, though you can find them in very small quantities in Habana every year.
Since the 1970s, Montecristo's popularity has continued to grow, becoming the best-selling brand of Cuban cigars. For instance, the single best-selling cigar in the world is the Montecristo No. 4.
In 2004, another Montecristo cigar was added to the regular line as Montecristo released the Edmundo, a large Robusto cigar, inspired by Edmond Dantes, a character in Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo'.
You are welcome to try regular Montecristo vitolas as well as special-edition ones at our store My-Cuban-Cigars.com!