Written by Paul Shoberg

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

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Being from the frozen north, you don’t always have a few hours to enjoy a cigar.  The fact remains that 7 to 8 months out of the year we are faced with whether that is not conducive to standing outside and relaxing.  That may sound like a bit of an excuse, but I welcome anyone to visit Minnesota in January for full view into what I’m talking about!

Taking that into consideration I don’t always want a thin ring gauge cigar.  I find myself craving something with a bit of a meatier smoke that has a ring gauge in line with many of the more popular robustos.  This wasn’t always easy to find, and then a few years ago it seems Habanos S.A. decided to take care of people like me…and for that I am eternally grateful.  I thought I would take what I’ve learned and rates on short thoughts about some of my “go to” cigars that fit this flavor profile while still allowing me to enjoy them in a relatively short period of time.

One of my primary smokes is the Montecristo Petite Edmundo.  The Monte Petit Edmundo is a 4 1/3 x 52 smoke that satisfies that short but stout framework I was looking for.  Initially I have to admit and I was a little apprehensive about the cigar.  It’s big brother, the Montecristo Edmundo, when first released was nothing short of a dog rocket.  The good news there is that subsequent releases turned out to be spectacular, so I was hoping that lesson was learned before the Petite Edmundo was released.  Having now sampled numerous boxes from numerous vintages, you can rest assured they did not make the same mistake with the Petite Edmundo as they did with its big brother, the Montecristo Edmundo.

When lighting this miniature cannon, you’re not with a very straightforward taste.  The complexity is reminiscent of some of the great Cuban robustos, and truly does resemble its big brother.  While the flavor is straightforward, it’s also complex.  There are sweet and creamy flavors that as you smoke the cigar turn into leathery, nutty, and peppery flavor profiles.  Absolutely packed with copious amounts of smoke, it’s strongly encouraged to avoid any smoke detectors when enjoying this cigar.  If there’s any challenge with the flavor profile, it’s that it doesn’t last long enough.  But I guess that was the reason for smoking a cigar in the first place.

If there are any complaints about the Montecristo Petite Edmundo, it’s that the construction can vary greatly from box to box.  I know you’re not surprise where this comment, as Montecristo has been famous for this lack of quality for many years.  Unfortunately the sheer quantity of Montecristo produced lends itself to these kinds of problems.  The good news is that from vintage to vintage the cigars seem to have stabilized from a construction standpoint.  It’s also important to point out, that the fresh versions have seen to have longer sick periods than other Cuban cigars.  With the Montecristo Petite Edmundo, aging the cigars and for at least six months is strongly encouraged.

Released in the fall of 2004 was another one of my favorite short smokes that packs a punch.  The Hoyo de Monterrey Petite Robusto also fits the bill of a cigar you can enjoy and in a short amount of time and not get ripped off from a flavor perspective.  Weighing in at only 4 inches by 50 ring gauge, this cigars is a hair smaller, and eight touch thinner than the Montecristo Petite Edmundo that we talked about earlier.

Two things to consider right away, the construction and flavor profile of the cigar is much more consistent them after the Montecristo.  For that reason I tend to favor this if forced a choice between the two.  Toasty and fantastic with a strong cup of coffee in the morning, the cigar is absolutely spot on.  I find myself risking burning my fingers more with the cigar than just about any others I smoke.  The cigar starts a bit stronger than expected, but quickly smooths out to a nice cedary, and creamy experience.  In fact they have to mention, when I first heard of the cigar I’d heard some scathing reviews, none of which I found to hold water.  In fact I can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad Hoyo de Monterrey Petite Robusto.  A bit milder overall then the Montecristo Petite Edmundo, you can enjoy the cigar a bit earlier in the day, and not have any regrets.


0 # Fred gruben 2009-08-06 01:44
I like the Petite Edmundo. I agree that it is a perfect size to smoke in the north. I live by Seattle, and being outside with the cold and wet can be a challenge to enjoy a good stick. I also like to take some of the better chuchills and cut them in half. That may be an insult to some of the readers, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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