The latest release from Habanos to arrive in the UK is the Montecristo Wide Edmundo. It is the fourth cigar in the brand’s portfolio to bear the Edmundo name, following the launch of the original in 2004. However, uniquely among its stablemates, the Wide Edmundo is dressed with a second band bearing its name. The Wide Edmundo is an entirely new vitola (size) within the Habanos portfolio called the Duke No.3. It measures an impressive 4 7/8” (125mm) x 54 ring gauge.. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that makes it the heaviest ring gauge in the Edmundo range.
Montecristo is the benchmark brand for many cigar smokers. Its perfectly balanced blends are all created exclusively with selected filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone, home of the finest tobaccos in the world. All sizes are ‘tripa larga, totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade.
If ever one brand has come to dominate a particular vitola, this is it. The classic Pirámide or ‘torpedo’ size. Easy burning with a controlled release of faithful Montecristo flavours; many devotees look no further than this.
VITOLA: Pirámide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 inches - 156 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Named after Alexandre Dumas’ hero Edmundo Dantes in ‘The Count of Montecristo’, the Edmundo was one of the first extra heavy gauge, parejo sizes produced in Cuba in the 21st century. Big and rewarding.
VITOLA: Edmundo RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 5 1/3 inches - 135 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Perhaps this cigar would have been better named Epicure No.3 as its presentation and style of taste are identical to the Epicure 1 & 2. Introduced in 2004, it was a timely anticipation of what smokers would face with smoking bans.
VITOLA: Petit Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 inches - 102 mm FLAVOUR: Light
This cabinet selection cigar tied in a silk-ribboned bundle first saw the light of day in the mid 1980s. It revitalised the traditional image of the brand with its elegant light to medium taste in a girth that rewards the palate. far.
VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches - 143 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
*please note EMS is current to the year and not what is shown in the images