In its first collaboration with Crowned Heads, Altadis U.S.A. is expanding its portfolio with the release of Montecristo Ciudad de Música.
“Ciudad de Música is a contemporary take on classic Montecristo selections, reflecting the creative ideology and artisanal quality of the Crowned Heads brand,” Altadis U.S.A. said in announcing the new release. “This exceptional offering displays the archetypal levels of craftsmanship and an explicit attention to detail that’s made both brands highly revered among a myriad of modern-day aficionados.”
Each Montecristo Ciudad de Música cigar is handcrafted of filler tobaccos grown in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, a seasoned Nicaraguan binder and a Habano wrapper from Ecuador. The cigars are dressed in oversized bands displaying three tokens that call to each brand’s logo, as well as giving a nod to the cigar’s inspired namesake.
Ciudad de Música – “The Music City” in English – was spurred by the lively spirit of Nashville, Tennessee, the soulful and storied city tied to both the exuberant roots of the Crowned Heads brand and a longstanding connection to some of the most prominent musicians to ever perform.
“Montecristo Ciudad de Música is a benchmark of two very distinct cultures,” says Altadis U.S.A. VP of Sales, Brad Winstead. “This extraordinary premium release profoundly captures the committed expressionism of the Crowned Heads brand, while displaying the elegance and delicacy of a Montecristo cigar. We’re pleased this exquisite blend is the first offering in what we hope will be a lengthy and successful partnership – for both our labels and adult cigar enthusiasts as well.”
“The challenge for us,” says Crowned Heads’ co-founder, Jon Huber, “was in taking such an iconic brand as Montecristo and putting our fingerprints on it all the while respecting the tradition and legacy that’s existed in the Montecristo brand since 1935.”
Crowned Heads’ co-founder Mike Conder adds his take on the challenge. “Ciudad de Musica is really our somewhat new-world homage to the old-world eminence of the Montecristo brand.”
Montecristo Ciudad de Música’s current production will consist of 100,000 premium cigars in four vitolas: Robusto, Sublime, Corona Gorda and Piramide, the latter of which will be exclusively sold at all domestic Casa de Montecristo cigar lounge locations. A circulation of 25,000 cigars per size will begin release late 2017 with full distribution to trade channels.
Montecristo Ciudad de Música
Filler: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Sizes: Corona Gorda (46 x 5 5/8), Robusto (50 x 5), Sublime (54 x 6), Piramide (52 x 6 1/8, exclusive to Casa de Montecristo locations)
Packaging: Boxes of 20 cigars
MSRP: $11.95 – $16.00 USD
Availability: Late 2017