Thursday, March 13, 2008

Montecristo Edmundo

Size: 5 1/3" (135 mm)

Weight: 15.00 grams

Vitola: Edmundo
Country of Origin: Cuba
Procedence: Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Rio)

Factory: H. Upmann

: This is one nice looking Cuban puro. A bit toothy but very well constructed, evenly packed and a joy to behold. There was a tiny chip on the foot of the cigar but but that was no issue because by the end of lighting the blemish was gone.

Pre-Light: The clip was easy and the pre light draw was free and easy. Much like the other Montcristos I have had, the pre light notes were of that trademark habano earthiness and some great peppery spiciness.

Burn/Draw: The large ring gauge of this cigar did concern me a bit. I have been trending toward smaller cigars as of late and hoped that the cigar would not be uncomfortable to smoke, or have burn problems. In general, it did not. The burn was a little funky (but I seem to get that in all Montecristo cigars) but it really never got horrible, so I could tolerate it. The draw on the other hand was great, and yielded volumes of beautiful blue grey, flavorful smoke. the ash, while mottled, was very firm and held on forever.

Flavors: This cigar was very similar to the Montecristo No. 2, but kicked up a notch. I figure this has to do with the larger cut of this cigar compared to pyramid shape of the No. 2. The first half of the cigar had notes pepper, damp organic earth, and french roast coffee on the middle of the tongue, contrasted with an interesting tangy note around the edges. This contrast is probably what I would consider the defining aspect of the cigar, what makes it different for the No. 2. Over the last half of the cigar first became sweeter and the smoke took on a real creamy feeling, then became more spicy during the last quarter, first with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, then finally more powerful like the pepper that started the stogie off. Overall this is a great cigar, and while I think I prefer the N0.2, this one is quite worth having around. RECOMMENDED.


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