The Average Cost Of A Montecristo Cigar
Of the questions which we are most commonly asked by new smokers looking to broach into the world of cigars, one of the most common we hear is focussed around the cost of cigars themselves. With Montecristo having such a diverse portfolio of products this can be somewhat difficult to quantify as a flat average, as the full range of prices from all of the product lines within the brand (as of the date of writing: 02/07/22) extends from £11.20 for a small Panatela like the Montecristo Joyita all the way up to the monolithic Montecristo ‘A’ at £71, whilst passing along by other higher end outliers like the Montecristo Leyenda at £57.70. All of these data points end up skewing the overall average of the entire brand’s vitolas combined all the way up to £30.70, which doesn’t give a fair representation of the pricing or what you can get for that money, and even extracting these from the calculation leads us to a nebulous figure of £25.06, which at current pricing falls into the ballpark of the Especial No. 2, No. 1 & No. 3, Petit Edmundo, Petit No. 2 and OPEN Master. Each of these cigars are wildly different vitolas from each other, which doesn’t give a particularly fantastic sense of scale either. Which behoves the question, “how can we better quantify this information into something more useful?”
For two of the product lines, i.e. the OPEN range and Linea 1935, where there are only a small handful of vitolas we can quite happily break them down into a flat average and it WILL give a generally fair representation of the range’s average cost with the average cost of a Montecristo OPEN vitola working out at £25.20 and a Linea 1935 vitola at £49, but with ‘Linea Clasica’’s selection of more than a dozen highly varying vitolas the flat average sits at £28.35 overall. To get a better read on the average price of the cigars across the board, we should ideally break them down into several camps, starting with:
For the purpose of this calculation, we’ll be looking at the Montecristo No. 3, the Montecristo No. 4, Montecristo No. 5, the Media Corona and the OPEN J. The combined average price of these sticks at today’s pricing works out at £17.83, which sits almost exactly in the middle of the pricing of the No. 4 and No. 5 at £17.83, making either of these sticks a great option for your money, with the choice to be made hinging entirely on whether you’d prefer a longer Corona like the No. 4 or something quick and easily tackled like the No. 5!
Next up, we’ll take a look at the world’s current most popular vitola style:
This is a much easier average to find, as it comprises simply of three vitolas and one from each of Montecristo’s product lines; the Montecristo Edmundo, the Linea 1935 Dumas and the OPEN Master. For the purposes of this section, we’ll omit the Petit Edmundo, as whilst it is a Petit Robusto adding it to the calculation will unnecessarily skew the final figure. The combined average of these vitolas works out at £31.50, which is eerily just £1 lower than the current price of the Montecristo Edmundo, a little on the high side compared to many other robustos found within the Habanos portfolio at large, but the Edmundo stands as a tremendous monument to the excellence of Montecristo’s beautiful blend of tobaccos, with many enthusiasts declaring it one of, if not the definitive, best ways to enjoy the brand’s offerings!
Keeping with the theme of growing in size, we’ll move ahead and take a gander at:
The Large Vitolas
Going even larger than the aforementioned robustos brings us to one of the most iconic cigars housed within the Montecristo brand, along with some absolutely stunning newcomers which have been carving out a name for themselves in the last few years, namely the Montecristo No. 2, Double Edmundo, OPEN Eagle, Linea 1935 Maltes and the Linea 1935 Leyenda. Working out at an average of £43 between the five vitolas, the optimal choice on either side of the average gives the choice of the iconic and beloved Montecristo No. 2 and the barnstorming newcomer in the Linea 1935 Maltes. Both of these sticks are phenomenal in their own right, and there are certainly worse options you could choose between with an icon of the cigar world, and a beasting new vitola which has been improving in leaps and bounds since its release!
Smoking cigars can be a pricey hobby, so we hope that with the above advice you can put your money in the right place and subsequently maximise your smoking experience.
And as always, thanks for reading!