Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

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montecristocabinet1It’s Hump Day and we have two superb cigars to review today.  Keep reading to see what the Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion and the Aging Room M356 have to offer.


Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion Churchill

The Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion is a line that comes to us via Altadis USA.  Montecristo is an extremely popular brand, and with good reason, as it has seen many quality cigars carry its name over the years.  The Cabinet Seleccion is a limited edition cigar that consists of quite the interesting mix of tobaccos from various nations.  It’s described as having an alluring aroma as well.  To see what the Cabinet Seleccion has to offer, I will be sampling one of its Churchill formats for this review.

Measuring in a 7 x 54, the Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion Churchill is just one of five sizes in the line.  The other four include the 5 x 52 Robusto, 5 1/2 x 44 Corona, 6 x 52 Toro, and the 6 1/8 x 52 Belicoso.  As for the cigar’s interesting composition, it begins with a filler blend of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Peru.  The binder is Connecticut Broadleaf, while the wrapper is Ecuadorian Sumatra.  In terms of strength, the Cabinet Seleccion is listed on Altadis’ site as being a fuller-bodied blend from the brand.

The Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion exudes an aura of quality with its nearly impeccable appearance.  The white decorative band displays the Montecristo logo and name, as well as the Cabinet Seleccion moniker.  The mostly gold and white color scheme of the band blends in perfectly with the chocolate brown wrapper.  The wrapper is oily and very smooth.  There are a few minor veins but no major imperfections of note.  The cigar appears to be well-packed with tobacco and is quite heavy.  Construction seems to be as good as one would expect from a name like Montecristo.  Before lighting, I notice an earthy taste and a grassy aroma with a little bit of spice mixed in.

After lighting the Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion, the cigar burns very well.  The draw is a bit tight at the beginning but it soon loosens up.  Plenty of pleasant smoke fills the air and the Churchill’s ash is solid and gray in color.  Only one touch-up is needed near the midway point to correct the burn.  Beyond that, it’s all smooth sailing.


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