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Montecristo Media Corona Cigar Slide Lid Tin of 5

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Description

Length: 3 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 44
Flavour: Medium to Full
Packaging: Tin of 5 


Medias Corona literally translates as “Half Corona” and the size was first introduced in the UK back in 1907 by an English cigar importer who wanted to stop keeping his wife waiting for him at the theatre while he enjoyed the last of his Corona sized cigar.

However, from one man’s requirements the cigar quickly went on to become the most popular vitolas (sizes) in the market during the 1920s and 1930s. At one point it is estimated that the Half Corona, across various brands, accounted for one in every thirty Havana cigars sold in the UK. However, as tastes changed the format eventually faded from popularity until it was entirely discontinued.

That was until H. Upmann decided to revisit this long forgotten size and, giving it a slightly modern dusting down - it now bears a more modern, stout 44 ring gauge as opposed to the traditional 42 - relaunched it in 2011.

The Montecristo Medias Corona represents the second time that this format has been used and, at just 3 1/2 inches long, it remains the shortest long-filler handmade Cuban cigar you can buy.

The Brand

Montecristo is the world’s biggest selling handmade cigar brand. It also boasts the UK’s best-selling individual size: the No. 4, which provides the benchmark taste for many smokers of handmade cigars.

Last year Montecristo was once again Britain’s best-selling handmade cigar brand accounting for around a quarter of all the Habanos sold in the UK domestic market. The Montecristo name is in dedication to the Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Montecristo, written almost exactly 100 years before the brand was launched and a popular book when read to the cigar rollers in the factories of Havana.

The origins of the name are also reflected in the ‘crossed sword’ motif of the Montecristo badge. This is the design that was first created by Jack Benham, a director of Hunters during the 1930s. An RAF pilot and leading light in the SOE, sadly Benham did not survive the Second World War.

Tasting Notes

The taste that has made Montecristo the world’s most sought-after premium cigar is often described as “tangy”. Certainly the flavour is distinctive.

Other words commonly used to describe the taste include ‘coffee’ and ‘cocoa beans’, ‘pepper’ as well as ‘orange peel’, ‘cinnamon’ and ‘vanilla’, all of which lead to the conclusion that a delicious bitter-sweet, spicy taste lies at the heart of Montecristo’s success combined, of course, with the perfect balance of its tobacco blend.

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