Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Slim Panetela (Delicioso)
Size : 6.3 x 33
Price : ~$125 for a box of 25

I got this cigar in a trade on r/cigars and, to be honest, wasn’t expecting much out of it. Not my favorite brand, not my favorite format (although Montecristo Especial No. 1, a slightly thicker panatela, is a fine smoke!). These cigars used to be machine-made back in the days, but now proudly bear the hand-made tag. Besides, they are rather cheap… Let’s see how the Por Larranaga Montecarlo fared?

Appearance : Rating: ★★★½☆
The Por Larranaga Montecarlo has a narrow appearance with a dark brown wrapper. A few veins are visible, and there is also a “spotty” look to the tobacco leaf, though it’s obvious that this isn’t a flaw. The plume makes me eager to light this up!

Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
I was rather pleased with the construction. Just as I’d have expected from the beautiful appearance of the cigar, it performed decently with a nice, even burn and a comfortable draw, just slightly tight, but not so much so that it caused any problems. The ash holds nicely. The duration of the smoke lasts around 50 minutes.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★½☆
There are a lot of different flavors present here, even though it’s a relatively mild cigar. You get honey, vanilla, cedar, and tobacco in the beginning, with just a hint of something floral. Continuing into the middle third, banana and spice emerge (nutmeg or cinnamon, maybe both), cooled down with a bit of mint. There’s also something of whiskey in here, which makes me think this would pair great with alcohol. The last third is dominated by cedar once again with some pepper on the back end.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
At around $5-7 a stick, this cigar isn’t too expensive, although it’s not the easiest in the world to hunt down. You get quite a unique smoking experience for the price, and these mild but flavorful cigars fit nicely into any occasion or are perfect for everyday.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75)
Aside from a slightly tight draw, the Por Larranaga Montecarlo offers beautiful construction and an interesting flavor profile. Mild cigars are sometimes avoided by smokers who prefer stronger smokes because they associate mild cigars with a lack of complexity, but this panetela proves that it doesn’t have to be the case. This mild smoke, accessible to beginners, wouldn’t disappoint a veteran either.