Origin : Brazil
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Brazil Mata Fina
Filler : Brazil Mata Fina and Mata Norte
Binder : Brazil Mata Fina
Price : $190.00/Box of 25
It is very cold and snowy here in New England, so it is appropriate that the featured cigar comes from warm and beautiful Brazil. Monte Pascoal (Tabacos Mata Fina Ltda) is a business unit of the Orsi Family Group which detains other businesses related to wine (Italy), steel (Brazil) and real estate (Brazil). Brazil is not typically considered one of the top tobacco producing countries of the world, but this is certainly changing. The factory is located in Cruz das Almas - Bahia in the middle of the Recôncavo Baiano area. I learned about this brand from listening to Bob and Dale from Dogwatch Cigar radio, and since I am a big fan of the country (having visited twice), I am quite excited to provide my thoughts about this brand. The Monte Pascoal comes in six vitolas, and today’s featured size is the 5.5 X 52 in. Belicoso.
The wrapper color resembles that of the inside of a walnut, and it appears to have many short veins. The cigar does not ooze any oil and has a rugged appearance.
One soft spot was felt at about 2 in. from the foot. Two caps appear to hold the wrapper in place. The pre-light draw was tough. The ash was very packed; it was very white with charcoal grey spots. The cigar was also very smoky, with the smoke rising quickly.
The wrapper has a sweet floral scent to it. The foot smelled sweet with some light notes of dried grass. The little pre-light draw that I got had a hint of chocolate. The cigar was very salty on the tongue. It gave me the impression of being at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Lots of spice came out right out of the gate with the first puff. The flavor had also quite a bit of nuts, maybe hazelnut. The retrohale also featured lots of nut flavors. About an inch into the cigar, wood notes became apparent (oak). The finish was long, and it was felt all the way in the back of the throat.
The cigar comes with a price tag of around $8.00/stick. Maybe this is a bit steep for some, but I think this price tag is worth it. There are cigars in the market with a lower price tag with a similar flavor profile; but these are very enjoyable cigars.
Overall Rating :
I am becoming a fan of the Mata Fina wrapper from Brazil; I personally like the Mata Fina wrapper/Ligero leaf blend as a filler. That, to me, would be the ideal cigar. If one is looking for a strong cigar, this is not for you; this is a good medium strength smoke. My major concern with it is the very restricted draw; I had to struggle to get a good amount of smoke to the mouth. I think this cigar should be enjoyed with a good cup of Brazilian coffee or Brazil’s national drink - a Caipirinha. This would be a perfect pairing as the sweetness of the cigar will pair well with the drink. What a way to spend a cold, winter evening!