Cigar Review: Monte by Montecristo

Basic Information:

Name – Monte by Montecristo Cigars

Size – Toro

Wrapper – ​Ecuadorian Habano

Tobacco Blend – Nicaraguan and Dominican

Pricing – $8.87 – 9.80

Body – Medium +

Construction/Appearance:

​The cigar is milk chocolate brown in color. There is a slight dark marbled look to the wrapper. This cigar has slightly visible seams, a few stretch marks and couple obvious veins. It is finished with a double cap.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Rich cedar and prune.

Type of Cut – V-Cut

Cold Draw – Cedar and prune

After Toast:

First third – ​Rich nutty flavor mixed with a slight creamy spice starts right out of the gate. A little bit into this stick the spice begins to pair with a nice chocolate flavor. Almost like a soft serve ice cream. Slight citrus notes on the finish mixed with a light red pepper. Burn is wavy. Ash is white.

Second Third – ​Real strong cocoa in this portion with some spice and anise. Those flavors eventually blend into a rich caramel. Burn remained wavy. Ash fell off at the 2.5-inch mark.

Final Third – ​ ​​Caramel begins this third holding consistent from the prior. The citrus shows up to finish the cigar out.  Burn was consistently wavy but no touch up was needed.

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Macallan Double Cask

Wine – Chandon Blanc de Noir

Overall Experience:

​The Monte by Montecristo Cigars definitely is medium plus bodied cigar experience. Lots of rich flavors with the refreshing citrus component. Overall the cigar was more complex in the beginning than the end, but the end was really pleasant after stimulating your taste buds earlier in the smoke. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good hour and half stick.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – Various sizes – 89pts – 93pts.

About Montecristo –  http://altadisusa.com/cigars/montecristo