Origin : Cuba
Format : Mareva
Size : 5 x 42
Box code : BUE NOV 07
Price : ~$8-10 each
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This cigar is basically just a tubed Montecristo No. 4, which is the best selling Cuban cigar in the world. However, some say that the Petit Tubo is generally of higher quality. This cigar is from a box of 10 that I got about 2 years ago.
This Montecristo had a nice dark oily wrapper that had a slight marbled look to it. It had a nice triple cap and appeared to be very well constructed. It had a rich slightly barnyard like prelight smell. A very aesthetically appealing cigar.
A very well made cigar. Draw was fine, but the burn was a little uneven at times. There were no problems with keeping it lit.
This cigar began with a core of espresso, pepper, and earthy flavors. It was fairly creamy, but a little harsh at the same time and produced thick plumes of smoke. A slight bitter grassiness crept in toward the middle, but quickly left as the cigar approached the last 1/3. The peppery notes and some of the cigars harshness left at this point as well, leaving espresso and earthy flavors behind. I would describe this cigar as medium bodied.
The Montecristo No. 4 itself isn't a bad value, but the premium that you have to pay for the tubed version is a little ridiculous. The Petit Tubo pushes Cohiba Siglo II territory with regard to price point, which I think is too steep.
Overall Rating :
This was an enjoyable cigar to be sure, but it didn't knock my socks off. I've never really been able to get into the Montecristo marca. This particular cigar just seemed to be missing something. I think that a touch of sweetness or vanilla could have meshed with this cigar's espresso taste well... I kept hoping for it, but never got it. I can definitely see this cigar benefiting from a couple more years in the humidor. So far, it has kept well in the aluminum tube. As is, this was a nicely complex smoke that is worth a try.