I won a tin of four of these as part of golf package during a silent aution Friday night. I also won a box of Los Blancos Diplimaticos in that package, thatI don't know anything about. It was a good night.
I smoked one of the Robustos late Sunday afternoon with some Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fouise from 2002 (a damn good white wine), while I grilled some chicken and watched the sun set.
First let me say, I had never smoked a non-cuban Monte and really didn't know what to expect.
First impression is that this cigar is so well made that is hard to believe it is hand-rolled (and it may not be, I don't know either way). Beautiful natural wrappers on all four were flawless.
Pre-light draw and aroma were mild and instantly reminded me of some Ashton churchills I have in my big box (those are very good cigars, but too mild for my tastes so I hand them out to friends and/or guests who are just starting out with cigars or who like a mild smoke). So I was a little disappointed as I fired it up.
First few puffs were very mild and continued to remind me of the Ashtons. I smoked it down about an inch and half without much more thought as I was preparing the grill. But then I noticed the ash. It was remarkably stil there and perfectly shaped. In fact it stayed that way till about 2/3sof the way through, till I set it down. Light grey ash.
To me the most (and VERY) remarkable aspect of this cigar was it's construction. It may be the most perfectly made cigar I have ever seen, and certainly the most perfect cigar I have ever smoked. Maybe too perfect.
It provided lots of smoke and my wife thought it was more pleasant than the "nasty ol' dark ones' I usually smoke.
But, having said all that, it is also a very mild and meek cigar to smoke. I would not ever buy these for myself, but I will keep the other three in the milder Ashtons for guests and friends.
Anyway, that's my take. Thanks for reading,
PS: Any one know anything about the Los Blancos Diplimaticos?