Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Montecristo Edmundo - Robusto (slightly longer) 5.3 X 52




Named for the hero Edmundo Dantes in the 'Count of Monecristo', this cigar can be your hero when you get a good one.  Over the last few years these are supposed to be great and it has been about three or so years since I have had one.  I remember a rich soil earthiness with touches of cocoa and coffee but it is something I can't wait to try again.  The box code on this ARG Jul 14 and is said to be a great box code.  Add that to 20 months of aging and they should be ready to smoke!


Look and Feel: 

Seams are very tight and veins are present but minimal.  The wrapper has an oil sheen with a tobacco and slight earth aroma to it.  Construction on this cigar looks awesome although some in the box had some green marks, most likely some water marks.  Overall this cigar is in excellent condition and ready to be smoked.


Foot Third:

At first light you taste earth, walnut, and some white pepper.  The finish is fairly long with aged tobacco, white pepper, and walnut notes.  The draw is perfect and the flavors are well balanced.  Milk chocolate comes in to join the other flavors and adds a nice subtle sweetness to the draw. The body of this cigar at this stage is medium and it is not very strong in nicotine. 


Body Third:

The second third morphed into milk chocolate flavors with aged tobacco and light white pepper.  The draw is great and the burn is solid.  The aged tobacco has a slight charcoal note to it which is typical to Cuban cigars.  Cream is becoming part of the profile which leaves this a relaxing and rewarding experience.  The retrohale keeps the white pepper and earth present throughout this third.  The flavor body is medium full and the strength is medium at most.  The smoke output is fairly full but has a medium body to it, not super thick.

 

Head Third:
The last third transitioned into a coffee profile with aged tobacco and light cream.  The pepper notes have come back a little more in this last third especially on the finish.  The burn is straight but the draw gets a little hot toward the end but was cool until the last part of this third.  The Walnut notes are almost gone and the chocolate notes are barely there.  This last third was not as good as the rest of the cigar but did not disappoint. 


Summary:

This was an amazing cigar and with only 20 months on them now, these will likely get better over the next two years.  I enjoyed this cigar so much that I didn't want this to end and hope I can control myself and not smoke the box too quickly.  Overall the three thirds all had different transitions and all were distinct and are well balanced. The smoothness of the chocolate, cream, and coffee kept you wanting more and I can't wait to smoke the next one.  Pair this with a nice dark coffee or sweeter brandy and you'll have yourself a heavenly experience. 


Look & Feel:
95


Construction:
96

Flavor & Balance:

98

Value:
95

Overall Rating:

96


 

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Montecristo Double Edmundo - Toro 6.1 X 50




Montecristo has so many cigars in the Cuban line and tend to offer the flavors of cocoa, creamy coffee, and sweet spices.  I am a big fan of the Edmundo and these tend to have similar blends.  That said, the day we smoked these they were a little too young and later performed much better.  The box code is UME NOV 2013.


Look and Feel: 

Tight seams and moderate veins with a medium brown wrapper which has a waxy sheen to it.  The weight of the cigar is light for its size but seems like it is packed fairly tight.  A nice triple cap finishes off the silky smooth looking cigar.  The aroma is light and gives you a little wood and musty barnyard earth.  The draw seems normal..Prelight provides a sweet natural tobacco and a little of cedar.  Can't wait to fire it up. up!


Foot Third:

Starting off you taste a toasted sourdough bread with a mix of sweet paprika and cinnamon with some black pepper on the finish.  Through the nose you get a little bell pepper and some sweet spices.  It moves to a milk chocolate and then became a cream flavor.  The bell pepper mixed with cream is what you get through the nose with mild spices.  The finish is smooth with a mix of cinnamon and cloves but is very clean.  


Body Third:

The second third was creamy and still vegetal but the cream became more of a sour cream.  There was a few burn issues and is performing well...not great.  The body is medium and the strength is mild but the flavors have not shifted much at all.  I do miss the milk chocolate which is what I look forward to with a Montecristo.  Let's hope the cigar kicks up a bit in the last third.

 

Head Third:
The last third didn't do much other than more of the same with less cream.  The chocolate is gone and mainly all you get is tobacco, vegetal and earth.  The last third become muddy and hot half way through this third...  I wanted so much more!


Summary:

This cigar did not perform well and I will say some of the others from this box performed much better.  This cigar was average and it is not supposed to be an average cigar.  This cigar provided good flavors in the first third but it continued to go down hill and became muddy slowly over the next two thirds.  I would say these are good cigars but clearly need a while to acclimate as the first good one out of the box was in my humidor for about 6 months.  From that point on they were consistent...purchase but take your time smoking them as they need time down and time to acclimate. 




Look & Feel:
92


Construction:
88

Flavor & Balance:

86

Value:
89

Overall Rating:

88


 

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Montecristo Petit Edmundo - Short Robusto 4.4 X 52




The Petit Edmindo is known as a top performer over the last few years and I can say we have had some good ones.  This was the time to review this cigar and provide the profile and performance info for our Cigar Audit community.  This cigar is a spinoff of the Edmundo and the blend is said to be nearly identical but smaller...more of the sweet-spot so to speak.  .  The box code is MUL DEC 2014.


Look and Feel: 

The Petit Edmundo is a tightly packed cigar with tight seams.  It gives a nice smooth leather feel, partly waxy.  The cigar had moderate veins with a chocolate brown color finished with a nicely done triple cap. Mine had a little rustic notes to the look... Prelight draw offers woody and natural tobacco mixed with a little sweet earth...perfect draw! 


First Half:

At the start you get some cedar and toast with a mix of dried fruit mixed (figs and raisins) with the binding coffee flavor.  Very little spice and the smoke is nice and full.  You get hints of that Cuban twang at the start... Creamy milk chocolate comes in and is powerful and amazing!  The coffee flavor is a very creamy sweet coffee mixed with chocolate, mocha baby!  Draw is perfect, ash is firm and long (LOL) helping to keep the cherry nice and cool.  The burn is even, smoke is plentiful and smells very Cuban, what else could you ask for?  Great first half!!!

 

Second Half:
During the second half the milk chocolate stepped back and moved to a vegetal and floral flavors.  Through the nose you get coffee and white pepper and then moves to floral.  On occasion you still get the creamy coffee with chocolate and some bell pepper sweetness.  About half way through this half it becomes more straight floral with rose water notes.  The finish moves from a white pepper to a nutmeg mixed with the coffee flavors and very clean.  This cigar performed well with many transitions even though it is a small sized cigar. 


Summary:

This cigar is a medium full in flavor, mild in strength, and very complex regardless of its small size.  These also tend to burn pretty slow and you tend to get over an hour.  The prices are lower due to the smaller size and it is well worth the money!  Construction, flavor, aroma, look, and price...you name it and this one hits a home run!  If you like a cigar providing flavors of milk chocolate, creamy coffee, sweet spice, and floral notes this is the cigar for you...DO IT!


Look & Feel:
93


Construction:
97

Flavor & Balance:

97

Value:
95

Overall Rating:

96


 

Review By: Matt

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Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Montecristo (Cuba)

Montecristo cigars date back to 1935 and were named after Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel 'The Count of Montecristo'.  Starting with a lineup that was numbered 1-5, Montecristo has been known for its earthy, cocoa, coffee, and spicy notes.  The newer additions to the line have not been as popular and tend to be less complex.  Anyway you slice it, these cigars, especially the higher end, are awesome!

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Montecristo No 2 - Belicoso 6.1 X 52




Montecristo is one of the standards of Cuban cigars and this is the staple of the line.  The number 2 has been one of the most popular Montecristo cigars for a long time.  Typical Belicoso vitola, the torpedo style shape helps to provide fairly powerful flavors with some kick in strength.  I have had these many times but let’s see how this two-year-old cigar does. The box code on this OLM Aug 14 and is said to be a good box code.  At two years age, I'm hoping for a nice performance!


Look and Feel: 

Tight seams with minimal veins with a nice oily wrapper.  A slight barnyard aroma with a perfect draw!  The prelit draw is woody and leather flavors.  My draw is nice with maybe slightly towards the open side of the scale.  Overall this cigar looks like a great example of a Monte No 2!


Foot Third:

At first light I got strong leather and mixed nuts even mixed with some white pepper.  Smoke is plentiful and moderate in thickness.  Through the nose I get mixed sweet spices and bell pepper notes.  A few draws into it I get a white pepper and citrus mix with the nuts and leather flavors…great start! 

Spice notes moved around throughout and black and white pepper are the main spices.  Leather was the binding flavor later mixed with milk chocolate with a little Cuban twang.  The burn is good with solid ash while providing very good smoke output. 


Body Third:

Complex flavors with coffee, milk chocolate, and vegetal notes.  The finish is leathery with sweet spices and the retrohale offers roughly the same flavors.  The balance at this point is perfect and complex.  The finish late in this third becomes more of black pepper with more kick to it.  It is important to note that even with these amount of changes, this is still a very smooth cigar to this point! 

 

Head Third:
This third was a little bit of a letdown for me.  The draw became mainly leather with vegetal and black pepper through the nose.  The burn did become too warm in this third but likely due to age and my slightly open draw.  There were bitter notes here and there which were a little off-putting.  I found myself wishing this to go back to the previous flavors.  I miss the complexity and wish I didn't get those bitter notes but not a poor performance by any means.


Summary:

This cigar is a great one with a little loss in the last third.  I think the youth of this cigar came through with bitter notes popping up now and then towards the end.  The first two thirds of this cigar was awesome with leather, nut, chocolate, and mixed pepper notes.  The finish is smooth yet complex and the balance of this cigar was high 90s for the first two thirds.  Overall you can’t go wrong with this box code and in time, this will be awesome! 


Look & Feel:
96


Construction:
94

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
90

Overall Rating:

93


 

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

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Montecristo No 3 - Corona 5.6 X 42




Montecristo is known for the number two but the brand has many great cigars in its offering.  The Montecristo No 3 can be a great cigar as long as the construction is up to par.  (Cubans can suffer from bad construction but as of late it has become much better)  This vitola is one of my favorites and tends to provide typical Montecristo flavors so let's see how this one goes.  The box code is BUM JUL 2015.


Look and Feel: 

Tight seams with a nice wrapper with a slightly waxy feel to it.  The aroma provides a nice musty earth, cocoa, and hints of hay.  The pack seems pretty full but does feel packed evenly.  The color is a nice chocolate brown and is very even in color.  The prelight is a little tight of a draw but you get some woody and sweet earth flavors with cocoa present.  Time to light it up!


Foot Third:

To start you get a toasted sourdough bread with earth and some woody notes.  A sweet spice mix on the retrohale with the similar draw flavors.  The draw is a little tight but is not impacting the performance any.  The finish provides a black pepper mixed with the sweet spice mix and is moderate in length.  The body picks up throughout this third with more black pepper but is better balanced with a nice creamy coffee.  Hints of wood and nuttiness surprises you from time to time.  The body is medium-full with a medium strength in nicotine.  The cigar is very smooth and blended well so it is performing well.


Body Third:

The flavors are similar provides a stronger creamy coffee which is a very plesant flavor.  Through the nose the black pepper has moved to a smoother white pepper mixed with that creamy coffee.  The Cuban twang is there but not much but it is nice that you get hints of it throughout.  (typically at the front of the draw.  The finish is moderate and provides the same flavors.  The nuttiness and woody notes are no longer present.  Good performance in general so far but I have had better from this same box.  Some relights have been needed (3) so far, that is disappointing. 

 

Head Third:
The last third moved to more earth added with similar flavors to the first two thirds.  The creamy coffee has gone away and I miss that greatly.  (not typical to the others I have had from this box)  The flavors are good and balanced but the coffee is missing and is needed.  Cocoa is not really there any more either but you do get hints of that Cuban twang.  The black pepper is fairly strong during the finish which had gotten longer in this third.  Others reviewing this cigar at the same time (see video) had cleaner flavors throughout vs. me and my tight draw. 


Summary:

The number 3 provides a profile of creamy coffee with earth.  Black pepper, cocoa, woody notes, and some of that Cuban twang.  The complexity is moderate as the first third is the most complex and then the cigar moves to an enjoyable smooth smoke.  The cigar I had during this review did perform less than expected since I had smoked about 8 or so from that box already but was still pretty good.  The Monte 3 is a good Cuban creamy cigar that is a good go to but on the occasion when you get a tight draw you may not have as clear of a flavor profile.  (9 out of 10 usually perform very well) 


Look & Feel:
90


Construction:
90

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
91

Overall Rating:

91