May 8, 2018
Origin : Cuba
Size : 6″ (153) x 53
Size : Sobresalientes
Brand Strength : Full (linea 1935)
Price : $20 – $25
The long awaited Montecristo Linea 1935 is finally appearing slowly on different markets. As previously describe this new line will be characterised by its strength, the first full body cigars of the brand but also its Vitola. The Maltes is a very nice sobresalientes size. The last characteristic of the Linea 1935 is the double band being placed on the foot of the cigar indicated its name and highlighting the Marca’s logo. It is only the second time we can see this foot band in Cuba, the first one was the Cohiba Grandiosos which only 2500 cigars were rolled to commemorate cohiba’s 50th anniversary.
Draw : [rating:3/6]
Burn : [rating:4/6]
Flavour : [rating:4.5/6]
Aroma : [rating:5/6]
strength : [rating:4/6]
As already previously described in the review of the pre release (find it here), the Montecristo Maltes is a heavy ring gauge cigar. Very trendy size, long and robust in the hand.
This one has a very oily and silky wrapper. Its maguro Clara wrapper is just stunning. The golden notes are matching well the new bands.
Sadly as I pre draw my cigar I release the draw will be a bit tight. hopefully it will change and evolve.
The very first notes are fresh and on the menthol side of it. As expected the density of smoke is low.
The Maltes is nice and woody, really balanced from the beginning, flavours and aromas all melting together. A medium velvet structure stays on the palate. A great roasted coffee finish stays on the palate. One of this strong coffee with high intensity.
The Montecristo Maltes get stronger half way with a longer finish on the palate. But still not as strong as expected due to the well balanced feeling. Some nice peppery notes are coming to bring a bit of complexity therefore the blend becomes less easy and round as the first sweet part.
The great thing is the cigar starts to really open and the density of smoke is finally high because of the draw being good by now.
Very warm feeling on the palate richer flavours, lots of muscle if I had to put an image on the feeling now.
I like the complexity brought by this slight freshness. The cigar is well constructed even though the draw was tight at the beginning. As I tap my ash I can see a piramide shape burning, always a good sign.
Starts very woody, a true montecristo woodiness. Got stronger and now we really feel the strength expected.
The earthiness and grassiness present previously really increase and become a main flavour component. An amazing touch of cardamon came out of the blue.
It finishes on some black tea notes that I never experienced before and this really took the cigar to another dimension at the very very end.
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