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Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro Review

This is a discussion on Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro Review within the Non-Habanos Reviews forums, part of the General Cigar Discussion category; Cigar: Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro Size: Toro 6x54 Strength: 3/5 Pairing: Spring Water & Some Classic Rock Music ...

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    Don Yeyo Cigar Factory Stubby's Avatar


    Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro Review

    Cigar: Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro
    Size: Toro 6x54
    Strength: 3/5
    Pairing: Spring Water & Some Classic Rock Music
    Start Time: 10:35AM
    Finish Time: 12:30 PM
    No Relights Required
    I would give this cigar a solid 92 rating.

    • Vieny / Toothy Wrapper
    • Moderately Oily
    • Firm, no soft spots
    • No visual imperfections
    • Medium Brown Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper
    • Jalapa Nicaragua Vally Binder
    • Esteli Nicaragua filler blended with Dominican Piloto Ligero

    • Barnyard / Caramel Sweet Aroma
    • Slight earthiness to aroma as well
    • Prelight draw is open, but not too loose
    • Earthy pre-light draw

    Firth 1/3
    • Earth of off light
    • Burn starts even
    • Medium smoke volume
    • Nuttiness and baking spices appear about 3/8" in
    • Slight hints of dark cocoa linger on retrohale
    • Slightly uneven burn towards end of first 1/3
    • Finished with hints of fruit tart and chocolate

    Second 1/3
    • Ash is still intact
    • Slight caramel lingers on palate between puffs
    • Ash fell off slightly over 2" in
    • Middle third brings out rich earthiness

    Final 1/3
    • White gray ash hold very firmly
    • Picking up hints of clove mixed with a very subtle nuttiness
    • Earth is building in strength
    • Fruit picks up slightly in spots
    • Dry baking spices vary in intensity throughout final 1/3

    The Montecristo Epic is a very promising cigar. It will begin shipments August 2nd of this year. I was lucky enough to receive a handful of them from the very generous Altadis rep at the shop I work at. The price point for the cigar with Michigan Tobacco Tax will be in the $12 to $15 range and will be packaged in metal gift boxes of 10 cigars, individually divided by cedar. The first 1000 boxes will be shipped inside a really nice looking cardboard box with the metal box inside of it. Distribution will be limited to premium Altadis accounts which carry 50 or more facings of their product, so availability will be scarce. Only 40 or so shops in Michigan are able to purchase them.

    Overall I would rate this cigar a 92. The construction was fantastic. It never wandered more than a 1/4 inch off in burn, and it corrected itself very well. The earthiness and spices were very well balanced with subtle sweetness throughout and made for a superb smoke. I smoked it until it was too hot to hold, and it never picked up any tarry bitterness.

    I am looking forward to picking up this line at the shop I work at. The cigar is great, as is the presentation box.
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    Explorer of fine things.. Quine's Avatar


    Re: Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro Review

    Thanks, very nice review. Haven't been impressed with NC Montecristo, but none that I've smoked have been bad. I'll keep an eye out for this one next month and look for a 5 pack to try.
    ...and a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke! -- Rudyard Kipling "The Betrothed"


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