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Friday, 30 July 2010

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montecristo1 Today's cigar review menu has two tasty offerings from two quality cigar brands. Kicking off the review party will be the Montecristo Edmundo, and finishing it off will be the CAO La Traviata Radiante.

Montecristo Edmundo

The ultra-popular Montecristo brand of cigars gets its name after the classic novel “The Count of Montecristo.” You may be wondering what is so special about that particular book and why was it chosen as the brand name. Well, back in the 1930's when the brand was established, the factory rollers would be entertained by people reading the book aloud. It became a favorite of the workers and eventually stuck as the brand's moniker. The Edmundo is named after Edmundo Dantes, a protagonist in the popular book. When the Edmundo hit store shelves in 2004, it came as a bit of a surprise to some cigar followers, as it was the first new size added to the brand's main stable of offerings since 1971.

The Montecristo Edmundo measures 5 3/8x 52 and has a Robusto shape. The cigar is made from Cuban tobacco. More specifically, the tobacco comes from the nation's Vuelta Abajo region in the Pinar del Rio province. This handmade stick is said to fall somewhere between medium and full-bodied.

There is not too much flash when it comes to the Edmundo's appearance, although that may not matter to some. Its wrapper has a slight tinge of redness, and does not appear to have much of an oily sheen. There are a few fine veins visible throughout the body. Patting down the cigar reveals that it is well-packed, yet not too stiff. A simple decorative band lies near the head, which displays Montecristo Habana and has a dulled red and white color scheme. It's hard to detect any real scent from the cigar before lighting it, but it gives off a slight cold taste of cedar.

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Once lit, the Edmundo burns well for the most part with just some imperfections. The occasional touch-up is necessary, but no re-lighting is required. The draw is excellent, and solid white ash is produced.






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