Montecristo New York Edition

Montecristo No. 2 New York Edition

Origin : Dominican RepublicMontecristo
Format : Square-pressed Torpedo
Size : 6.1 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican Olor and Nicaraguan Corojo
Price : $110 for a box of 10

Just to keep up with what is out there, I have been known to stumble across a diamond in the rough. Such is the case with the Montecristo NY Connoiseur Edition. This stick is available in the US market at quite reasonable prices. If you want to see what all the commotion is about regarding fine Cuban cigars, this smoke is just about as close as you can come to the “real thing” without going through the risk and expense of ordering from overseas and paying through the nose to do so. Were the bands removed from this smoke, I would have been hard pressed to distinguish it from its Cuban cousins. That sealed the deal for me in regards to this issue.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★½☆
This cigar is well crafted with a blunt tip and well oiled chocolate brown wrapper. There were no spines nor any signs of blooming or any other obvious defects. Cigars come packaged in single layer hinged box with individual dividers between each smoke and a ribbon loaded in each slot to help lift and remove each cigar for smoking. A nice touch indeed.

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
Cigars are well crafted with no construction errors that I could find. Lighting is effortless, and so is the draw. For the most part, these sticks burned very evenly from foot to head. No wrapper separation was encountered AT ALL. A small drawback would be that the stick was quite spongy. It is possible that the stick would firm up a bit with some aging, but straight out of the box, this stick performed quite well.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.75)
Here is where the cigar scores its worse. Yes, the Montecristo New York Edition delivers billows of peaty like earthy taste, but the overall flavor profile seemed to be rather one-note-like. The cigar tastes the same when you put it out as it did when you light it, and that, to me, limits overall enjoyment of this smoke. Maybe with some aging, there will be some improvement here, but as it stands, the smoke tastes a bit on the “green” side.

Value : Rating: ★★★☆☆
Price point on this cigar is quite reasonable, considering the size of cigar you get for the price you paid. Worth the time and effort should you wish to go to the effort of finding them.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★☆☆
As I mentioned in the opening of this review, I was impressed how close this cigar measured up to its Cuban cousins. A lot of people think Macanudo when they think Dominican, so maybe, just maybe this smoke will expand the palates of those of us that cannot openly get their hands on a fine Cuban cigar, but want to enjoy a fine smoke. This cigar definitely fits that bill. If you can afford to let these age a while, I have a feeling the rewards will be worth the effort!!