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Monday, 16 April 2012

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monteny2 Limited edition cigars are the focus of today’s two reviews. Are the Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition and the Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 4 worth their hefty price tags? Yes, they are. Keep reading to find out why.

Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition

The Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition was released at the end of 2011. As you can tell from its name, it’s a cigar dedicated to New York. Unfortunately, the cigar’s release was also limited to the great state, making it difficult to obtain one for those out of the area. Just like New York’s image, the Connoisseur is quite large. Luckily, I have a whole afternoon free to enjoy it. Now, let’s get on with the review…

The Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition measures 6 x 60. It’s the only size in the line, and coincides with what seems to be a popular trend of cigars with big ring gauges. So, if you are not too keen on big, fat cigars, this is obviously not the stogie for you. Moving on, the New York Connoisseur has a Dominican filler and a Nicaraguan binder. The wrapper is of the Ecuadorian Habano variety. In terms of strength, the Connoisseur is listed as being medium to full-bodied.

The New York Connoisseur is impressive to look at. The size is definitely its most noticeable attribute. There are hardly any veins visible on the medium-brown wrapper, and it seems to be very smooth in its square-pressed shape. Some slight oil is present under direct light. A simple band sits near the head with the Montecristo name and logo in brown, gold, and white. Just beneath it is another band that displays the New York Edition name in black and gold. The cigar feels very firm to the touch, indicating that it is well-packed with tobacco. Before lighting, there is a rich taste of cinnamon, while the aroma is sweet.

The solid appearance and construction of the Montecristo New York Connoisseur follows through in its excellent burn. The burn stays even throughout, making touch-ups unnecessary. No re-lights are needed. The ash hangs on strong and is white in color. The highlight of the burn is its superb draw. Plenty of smoke is produced. Smoking time is well over 90 minutes, so if you are in a rush, save the Connoisseur for when you have time to kill.

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