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Could really use your help on these , I've searched and tried but all I can ever find is pictures of empty boxes .. can you guess the year and maybe point me to where I can get more info?  Much appreciated!! Have more pictures I can send I have to never opened boxes from a death been in my humidor for years and always wondered

ANSWER: Hi Chad,

There should be an ink stamp or sticker underneath the box that should have a production date or distributor/retailer stocking date and that can give you an idea of how old the box is. Not all distributors and retailers will have a stocking date on the box but you might be lucky and find one. The brand itself came into production in 1977 but it is impossible to determine the age of the cigars if there is no date stamp on the box and unfortunately, many cigar manufacturers didn't date their boxes in the 1970's and 1980's. (Some brands today still don't date their cigars.)


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bottom of box
bottom of box  

QUESTION: I thought it maybe older just because I thought Montecruz had moved from the Canary Islands by the early 1970s. Here is a pic much appreciated

Hi Chad,

Oops, I didn't notice you originally mentioning Canary Islands. My mistake, sorry about that. Yes, the Canary Islands version was launched in 1964 so your box was made sometime between 1964 and 1977.  The underside of the box doesn't have any information regarding the date which was fairly common at the time as box codes wasn't very important to cigar smokers back then.

Does the warranty label have a year printed on it? It won't be specific to when your cigars were made but if there is a year on it, it could narrow down the date of when your cigars were made. (For example, if the label had a declaration year of 1972, you would know the box was made no earlier than 1972.)



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