The latest release from Habanos to arrive in the UK is the Montecristo Wide Edmundo. The Wide Edmundo is an entirely new vitola (size) within the Habanos portfolio called the Duke No.3 and measures 4 7/8” (125mm) x 54 ring gauge. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that makes it the heaviest ring gauge among the Edmundos.
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 adorned with a second band bearing its name.
Popular Vitola: Duke No. 3
Factory Vitola: Duke No. 3
Ring Gauge: 54
Cigar Length: 125 mm / 4.9 inches
The Petit Edmundo is Edmundo's little brother. Exactly the same ring gauge just a little smaller and brimming with enhanced flavors. A nice 20 minute trip into the classic Monte trademark tastes of sweet and bitter creamy smoke.
Popular Vitola: Petit Edmundo
Factory Vitola: Robustos
Ring Gauge: 52
Cigar Length: 110 mm / 4.3 inches
About this Cigar: Inaugurating the new embossed Montecristo band, the freshly released Double Edmundo is a very elegant and trendy cigar which feels good in the hand. Rolled with the smoothest wrapper, this medium bodied 'Dobles' is full of Cuban creamy & woody flavours which develop considerably throughout the 1st and 3rd third.
Popular Vitola: Dobles
Factory Vitola: Dobles
Ring Gauge: 50
Cigar Length: 155 mm / 6.0 inches
Body: Medium - Full
About this Cigar: Surprisingly mild for its size this Montecristo has all the recognizable traits of its family, bitter sweet flavors attained due to the blend-master's melange of sugary ligero tobacco and medium seco tobacco. The Edmundo is named after Alexander Dumas's character Edmondo Dante in the novel The count of Montecristo and displays all the qualities of it's namesake being constant, elegantly constructed and diverse in smoke. A great foil for coffee or creamy cocktails containing Kahlua.
Popular Vitola: Edmundo
Factory Vitola: Edmundo
Ring Gauge: 52
Cigar Length: 135 mm / 5.3 inches
About this cigar: 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.
Popular Vitola: Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Petit Coronas
Ring Gauge: 44
Cigar Length: 90 mm / 3.5 inches