The Montecristo Monte cigar is a really well-received rework of a classic blend. For a company with this much history, it can be hard to break out of old patterns. The traditional way has been working for so long, why change things? But then again, it’s possible to get bored even with something as reliable as a Montecristo.
So you have to take a chance every now and then.
Fortunately, Montecristo has a brain trust of tobacco men who can pretty much do anything. The Group de Maestros responsible for many great blends from this company have decades of combined experience. They’ve been in the game for ages and can put together the right tobacco leaves to match nearly any desired blend profile.
This time, the goal was to go bolder.
The standard Montecristo blend is a fairly smooth Dominican long-filler mix, often topped with a Connecticut-seed wrapper. Montecristo Monte cigars are quite different. There’s a filler blend of aged Dominican leaf. That’s nothing new. The surprise comes next, with not one, but two binders. There’s a spicy Dominican Olor leaf and then a “vintage” Nicaraguan Corojo to join it. This is all wrapped in a toasted almond-colored Ecuadorian Habano cover leaf.
The smoke itself is quite robust. It would be tough to find a Montecristo on the level of this one in those terms (a few come to mind, but this ain’t a “standard” Monte). Aficionados found that Montecristo had knocked it out of the park on this one. It was the #9 cigar of 2014, with an impressive 93-point rating. The flavors are along the lines you might expect for a punched-up Dominican blend. Cigar Aficionado said, “The cigar has plenty of leather and spice on the palate, with a note of chocolate on the finish.”
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Montecristo Monte FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Leather, spice, chocolate.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Montecristo Monte cigars are for anyone who wants to taste a high quality robust offering that departs from the usual smooth Dominican Montecristo profile.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
What’s a good pairing with it?
A nice little bourbon would be fine here, but a dark beer to double down on the flavor profile would also be delicious. Try a frosty can of Denver Beer Co. Graham Cracker porter.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
When you love Montecristo but want something a little different in your next stogie.
A small percentage of people mentioned that the draw might need a little loosening.