Montecristo Monte

Montecristo Monte

MOntecristo monte

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican Olor and Nicaraguan Corojo

Filler: Aged Dominican

Size: 6×60

Acquired:  IPCPR Trade Show Sample

I’ll start off by saying that I don’t normally smoke cigars from the Montecristo line.  Now, I have nothing against them, but they are generally just too mild for me.   When I first started smoking I smoked them all the time, but as my tastes evolved, I leaned toward other offerings.  I do have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what the new Montecristo Monte had to offer.  I smoked this with my friend and owner of Big Star Cigar, Scott Partridge.  Scott told me before I fired it up that he liked it as well and was stronger than he thought it would be.

Looks:  As for the looks of this cigar, it sports the traditional brown, white, and gold Montecristo band, with a secondary band that reads “MONTE” in black and red  with gold trimming, this secondary band really pops.  The cigar itself is medium brown in color, with minimal veining.

Taste wise, this cigar opens upon initial lighting with a unique peppery flavor as well as a subtle sweetness.  The sweetness of this tobacco grows through the first half and is joined with strong wood flavors.  The pepper in this cigar becomes more and more faint as you smoke it and is very mild about three fourths of the way in.  The cigar held a nice creaminess throughout the entire smoke as well.

The smoke of the new Montecristo Monte was thick and abundant.  The ash of the cigar was a light gray in color, thick, and held fairly well.  I did require a couple relights during my smoke to keep the burn on track.

Buy it again?  Yes, I definitely would.  It is nice to see a new line being offered by Montecristo that appeals to the more medium to full bodied smokers.  I would say that I would like to see how it smokes in it’s other size offerings, because as many of you know, I am not a big ring gauge cigar fan, so for me to be complimenting this cigar is a pretty big deal.

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