Montecristo Pilotico stands out among other Montecristo cigar lines with a unique box design reminiscence of the brand founder Pepe Mendez journey to Dominican Republic. A journey that started the Dominican stage in the history of Montecristo cigars that eventually brought to the relocation of the entire company to the Dominican Republic.
In the 1960s, Pepe Mendez traveled the world for two years, seeking the perfect conditions to grow tobacco. He finally found the perfect place in the Dominican Republic, where he fell in love with both the soil and the climate.
Mendez was a knowledgeable, determined, and passionate pioneer. He brought his tobacco heritage along with those Cuban seeds, introducing to the Dominican Republic the classic Cuban methods for processing premium tobaccos that included:
1. Special selection and grading of tobacco: Pepe Mendez established more than 20 different grades based on specific criteria of tobacco leaf uniformity and quality.
2. Fermentation: Pepe extended the fermentation process that enhanced the richness and complexity of Dominican tobaccos.
3. Curing and Aging: Don Pepe established strict controls over the environmental factors during the curing and aging processes, which yielded tobaccos of better consistency and cleanliness of flavors.
The cigars feature a rare Dominican Pilotico seed that has been rebirthed by Pepe Mendez’s family-owned operation, Jose Mendez & Company, and the Grupo de Maestros. This rare and prized tobacco is the result of the very special relationship they have. The Dominican Pilotico’s complex and robust smoke features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican binder, and both Nicaraguan and Dominican Pilotico filler, all of which give this cigar a nutty, leathery, and sweet-tasting profile, as well as a robust aroma and a slow burn that aficionados can truly savor and appreciate.
All in all the cigars are deliciously flavored, full of nutty flavores and creamy, robust aroma.