Origin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras and Nicaragua
Price : ~$15 each
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Hello all. The Tollaficionados are back to review one of the most consistently excellent brands on the market. Let’s see if this member of its elite family holds true to its siblings standards. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Montecristo 75th Aniversario.
Our good friends at Altadis, USA recently released these celebratory sticks, and Nick, Sr. and I were able to get our hands on a few. Not an easy get, I assure you! These babies have been anticipated and talked about for some time now, and to obtain them, especially this early takes connections or a great deal of luck. The 75th is of limited release, so put your backorder in now so that you can sample a few yourselves. Now on to the review…
Due to the availability of this brand, Nick, Sr. and I sampled different sized sticks. Sr. with the 6 1/8 x 52 #2, and Jr. with the 5 ½ x 52 Edmundo. Similar in size and experience.
At face value these cigars were flawless. A smooth unblemished wrapper of chocolatey hue and an aroma that whispered premium. (Take that!) The habano wrapper leaf was stretched smoothly around the rugged binder and a fan fold of Honduran and Nicaraguan long filler in these cigars. This gem of tobacco goodness could not be mistaken for anything but what it is. Top shelf.
On the light we both agreed, on a medium flavor and perfect draw. The volume of smoke filled our food holes with thick plumes that swirled out and around the area that we sat, dancing in the mild breeze of a warm spring afternoon. Both cigars had a solid roll with no soft spots. A great start with hopes of even greater things to come.
These cigars began to build in body at about the two inch point. Somewhat slower than expected, but the flavor was very pleasant and lingered on the palate. We agreed that as much as we were enjoying the experience of the 75ths, we were hoping for more to come out of this very special cigar.
At the half point, and about 25 minutes into the smoke, the draw, flavor and aroma remained unchanged but absolutely pleasant. A solid performer to this point, and with the finish approaching, the excitement began to build. We could no longer contain ourselves, and had to get up and run around in circles in the backyard while never letting the white ash fall from the tip of the Montes. My Father did a back flip and three tumble saults, while I chose the ever popular jumping jack arm-pit fart combo as my way of releasing the built up excitement created by this cigar. OK, I’m being silly. It’s my way. Back to the review… :)
This cigar was in fact a very satisfying smoke moving into the final third and beginning of its finish. A subtle sweetness and a touch of spice made it presence known, adding to the experience. As a matter of fact, after a nice long draw I burped up an orange peel and Dad found himself with a mouthful of café mocha. (I couldn’t resist goofing on some of the terms I see being used to explain a cigars taste. Expect more of this in the future. I can’t help myself.)
Throughout the entire smoke the cigar made its flawless construction known. No cracking, a perfect draw and no heating up – even when down to the nub. This was definitely a cigar that we did not want to put down until we absolutely had to.
And the final ranking is…
An 8. We both agreed that with a more potent finish this cigar could have been a 9. Don’t get me wrong, the Montecristo 75th Aniversario series is fantastic! If you can get your hands on one, you will love it. But it could have been stellar with a better finish and not just fantastic. Just Fantastic – I guess we had very high expectations.
Here’s wishing you a long ash!