It’s really hard to recommend this cigar even if deep down we want too. Out of the 3 samples tested, we continually ran into construction flaws, burn, and relight issues, almost making this cigar unsmokable. It's clear that there was almost no quality control when this cigar was being constructed. You could visibly see the sloppiness. That being said, the flavor was absolutely on point even with the difficulties we experienced. At an average price of 7.50 per stick, we still think it’s worth rolling the dice. We are going to give it another go soon, because the flavor was that great. We just hope next time around the flaws are minimal.
In 1935, Alonso Menendez purchased the Particulares cigar factory in Cuba with hopes of creating a new premium cigar brand. During this time, it was common among torcedores (cigar rollers) to have the famous Alexandre Dumas novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" read by a lector on the cigar rolling floor. Inspired by this tradition, Menendez gave life to one of the most well know cigar brands today - Montecristo.