Cigar News: Altadis Announces Montecristo Crafted By A.J. FernandezSmokers will soon be able to smoke a cigar as imagined and interpreted by cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez. In a collaboration with cigar distributor Santa Clara Inc., Crafted By A.J. Fernandez is the newest version of the heritage brand.

Altadis U.S.A. owns the U.S. trademark for . Both Santa Clara and Altadis U.S.A. are run by Tabacalera U.S.A., which is an arm of Imperial Brands PLC.

Cigar News: Altadis Announces Montecristo Crafted By A.J. FernandezMade in Nicaragua at the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, Fernandez worked with Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros to develop this new , which consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Crafted By A.J. Fernandez will come in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Figurado, at 4 by 52; Gordo at 6 by 58; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 50. The Montes, which are all box-pressed, are set to retail from $9.95 to $12.50 and come in 10-count boxes.

Although offered through Santa Clara, the cigars will also be available in brick-and-mortar shops like the Casa de retail stores across the country. Other retail shops can purchase the cigars through Santa Clara’s wholesale division.

This would be the second time that Altadis has collaborated with a third-party producer to make a . In 2014, Nestor worked with Altadis to create the Espada by line. Other recent collaborative releases include the Henry Clay Tattoo (with Tatuaje Cigars) and the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room (with Boutique Blends).

This would also be the second time that A.J. Fernandez has the opportunity to interpret a heritage brand. The Hoyo La Amistad is his version of the storied Hoyo de Monterrey brand, which is owned by General Cigar for sale in the U.S.

The cigars should be widely available later this month.

Source: Cigar Aficionado

Cigar News: Altadis Announces Crafted By A.J. Fernandez