Royal Jamaica Cigars are back, and now as a Casa de Montecristo made by Abe Flores of PDR Cigars. The brand was started in 1935 by James Frederick Gore. Post-Cuban embargo the brand saw a lift and was very popular until 1988 when Hurricane Gilbert caused more than $700 million in damages including to tobacco crops and infrastructure.
“I was honored when asked to create a cigar blend which would carry the Royal Jamaica cigar brand,” says Flores. “We placed special attention on the tobaccos used because we wanted the legacy of Royal Jamaica to live on.”
The new Royal Jamaica blend is a medium body cigar. It uses an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper, double Ecuadorian Habano Binder, and all Dominican fillers. It does not contain any Jamaican tobacco. It is packed in boxes of 20 in three size: Toro (52X6), Robusto (52X5) and Gran Corojo (47X6). Pricing has not been released yet.
“At Casa de Montecristo,” said CEO Brad Winstead, “we are always looking for ways to offer our adult clientele the highest quality products. We felt that Royal Jamaica fits in perfectly with our brand and what is expected of us. Master Blender Abe Flores created a rich and unique blend for our modern interpretation of this brand, and we look forward to presenting this exclusive brand to the public.”