Origin : Cuba
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 20.6 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 11 g
Price : ~$11 each
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When I want to treat myself, I reach for a Montecristo Petit Edmundo. Masculine, powerful and complex, this is one my favorite Cubans. In response to Karen's review of Partagas SdC No. 2, I can say that it feels so much better to hold and smoke this fat 52-ring gauge monster, even if the flavor richness is probably on the same level.
This may very well be one of the best-looking cigars out there. The wrapper's quite oily, not really flawless (a few discolorations) but it only adds to its charm. When I hold one in my hand, I always feel the urge to light it.
The construction is top notch, with a slow, self-correcting burn and an impeccable draw. The pre-draw is spicy and sweet & sour.
Perhaps a bit less complex than the full-version Edmundo, I can still say that this cigar delivers. After a wave of spice in the beginning, subtle notes of dark bitter chocolate make their way in. There are loads of dry cedar flavors as well. After about 25 minutes, the cigar reaches its peak - at that moment, all these flavors are there mixed in a bitter-sweet, salty taste, pleasing your palate. In the last third, the complexity fades away and the finish is dominated by woody creaminess with a hint of black pepper. I think it's better to smoke it after a heavy meal, and - of course - very slowly to avoid the harshness in the end and extend the pleasure.
It's a no-brainer for me. Great value.
Overall Rating :
Montecristo Petit Edmundo is one of the best from the Montecristo family and is in my top list of Cuban cigars. If it feels a little young, a few months in the humidor will make it wonders. And if you have the patience to keep it there for a few years... I don't even know what it would feel like, since I never managed to let it rest for such a long time.