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21
Aug

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Romeo (large double figurado)
Size : 162 mm (6″4) x 52
Ring : 52
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 12,50 / $ 14.00 each
More info about purchasing Cuaba cigars…

Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 6 out of 6 stars

Cuabas are easy to recognise as the brand only produces double figurados cigars. The port folio now holds 5 different sizes. The smaller one may be challenging in terms of draw as they require more skills and attention due to the complex shape. The bigger sizes too but a minor mistake won’t plugged completely the cigar. The distinguidos is the second largest size still in production. The bigger one being the Salomones.

Cigar Tasting

Like for all the double figurados out on the market the first part, where we light the cigar is so thin that the surface of draw is very little. Something you can have the feeling of being plugged because it is hard to pull. It is normal for be patient to reach to widest part of the cigar where the blend will fully express itself.

To start the feeling is very fresh, the first few puffs are tight as expected and a very cool smoke come out. Not much flavours to it, this is because we burn mainly the wrapper and the binder.
It takes quite a lot of time to get to the wide curve to get the cigar to open.Once there, a slight saltiness appears. Straight away you can appreciate the great strength for an after dinner cigar. The cigar has a medium length on the palate. No bitterness so far but a slight acidity reminding you of a citrus notes.

The draw is impeccable. The high density of smoke is very enjoyable, round and thick on the palate.

I really enjoy the aroma, expressing a good quality Cuban. On the palate it’s a bit more shy but we are still at the beginning of the first part. Very citrusy and slightly salty.
So far the ash looks good and solid as you can see on the picture below.

Great burn so far. Sometimes the double figurados can burn funnily right after reaching the widest point because we have puffed too hard to get there. The draw is still great with the right balance between loose and a bit of resistance.

The flavours turn a bit green and the smoke remains very fresh in its feeeling, less round and longer in the palate.

A slight bitterness appear toward the end of the first third. The Cuaba distinguidos is very slow to consume. I am still in the first part after like 35 minutes. Really packed of tobacco.

Arriving half way it is getting very strong. What a powerful cigar! A bit of bitterness appears and the flavours remain herbal.

Nice creaminess and nuttiness arrive in the second part. However still this back of the tongue bitterness persist. The Cuaba distinguidos is definitely what we call a very rich tobacco blend. This is the strongest cigar I smoked in a while.

Towards the end of the second part, a slight nuttiness comes and no more herbal notes. Flavours are rounder and the smoke is felt out to the throat due to the power it develops.

The Last part is very surprising:
Roasted nuts feeling and slightly sweet. Not easy to get the flavours toward the end as the strength increases. Clearly a cigar to enjo after dinner.

Very high density of smoke the blend is much more balanced. Almost no more bitterness and only the nice vegetal notes coming up.
It gets stronger and stronger!

As I was just thinking on leaving the cigar die on the ashtray I blew in it hard and had a puff and a whole new flavour profile appeared. Sweet creamy soft and velvety…

What a complex smoke!!

Cigar Review – Cuaba Distinguidos

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18
Aug

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 165 mm X 55
Size : Montecristo 80th Aniversario
Brand Strength : Full (linea 1935)
Hand-Made
Price : $30 – $35
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The larger format of Montecristo’s new line has the exact same dimension as the Montecristo 80th Aniversario which was supposed to be released in 2015 but came out last year!

Draw : 6 out of 6 stars
Burn : 6 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Appearance
As the Maltes and the Dumas, previously reviewed, the Leyenda wears a third band on the foot, a second band below the Marcas’ mentioning the name of the Line, Linea 1935 and the cigar’s name.
All cigars from the Linea 1953 come in a box of 20 stogies.
We have seen many shades of brown on the different boxes opened. Therefore we cannot say the Linea 35 are all Maduro or Colorado Maduro. Do not be surprised to have a shade difference between a box and another

Tasting

1st Part

The pre draw is perfect, not too loose not too tight, this is already very exciting and promising.
As soon as I light the Leyanda the burn is as good as the draw and loads of sweet woody notes to Start. I love the long module as the first flavours a very fresh and soft “almost” cold when they reach the palate.
Intensity comes very quickly and the full strength of cigar is already present with a nice woodiness and reach texture. The density of smoke is medium.
Some nice touches of earthiness added to the woodiness develop a very good Montecristo flavour profile with a high intensity.
Very low acidity, don’t feel that the cigar is young. The flavour complexity shows you this is a great cigar with a massive potential already felt during the first part. Cocoa and roasted coffee bring the Leyenda to sweet flavour profile.

2nd Part

During the second part the strength soften a bit. The density of smoke is very high the cigar just keep on bringing flavours reminding you of a great Montecristo with some age. The flavours are very well balanced. At the same time you can enjoy a powerful cigar but yet its development is so smooth that you just appreciate the flavours and don’t feel overwhelmed by strength.
The ash is long and strong. Beautiful shape and grey. The combustion is very even, you do not need to light your cigar 10 times during the tasting even if you leave it on the ashtray for 5 minutes you will still have a great combustion.
The aroma is great as well. I start realising this Leyenda is my favourite out of the new 1935 lines. So rich and complex.

3rd Part

The last third is pretty similar and doesn’t have a massive change. However towards the very end the Montecristo Leyenda starts to be slightly shorter and the palate this is really to pick something a bit negative in this great hour and twenty minute smoke. Also it becomes a bit dry and looses its grassiness and rich flavours and aroma.

Overall
I enjoyed the three cigars from the Montecristo 1935 Linea, the Dumas, the Maltes and the Leyenda. Out of the three, the Leyenda was really an outstanding cigar with a massive potential of development and ageing a great addition to the Montecristo cigars line. Cuba has done a great job.
My only issue with this new line is the new look and feel of the box not to my personal taste. I love the authentic wood with details on it.

Cigar Review – Montecristo Linea 1935 Leyenda

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17
Aug

Format : Robusto
Size : 5′ (124mm) x 50 ring gauge
Brand strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Cuba
Price : ~ € 12.00 / $ 13.00
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3.5 out of 6 stars

Tasting

Beautifully constructed cigar, wrapper leaf claro, the draw and burn were very consistent.

The first part gave a light floral note with a creamy, sweet and slightly peppery feeling
to the front and middle palate.

The second part was more smoother, rounder with hints of saltiness, mild sweetness and woody characters.
Sometimes slight touches of vanilla would come up from the blend.

The third part was similar to the second part and continuity of the same flavour with a more leathery and fruity profile.

The acidity was present with citrus type of flavours. Towards the end, the Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill become really of medium strength. The strength al throughout the cigar was not very strong and the finish on the palate was overall light and finally ended up medium,

Overall Cigar Experience :

This is a very good and beautifully constructed cigar, with a consistent burn and draw.
It has a complex flavour and delicate taste. Strength wise it’s more of the of light to medium cigar then the actual medium.
I will definitely recommend this cigar for a mid-morning or after lunch.

Beneluxor

Cigar Review – Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill (Robusto)

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09
Aug

El SeptimoOrigin : Costa Rica
Size : 110mm x 38
Hand-Made : 5 Years old tobacco
Price : ~$18
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Cigar Tasting

The stick is of a small size and looks compact and elegant, very comfortable to handle, with a shiny yellow and silver band, suitable for people who prefer small ring gauges, it can be also very attractive for the Ladies Aficionada. The cigar wears a dark, milk chocolate kind of colour, wrapper,soft and silky gives pleasure just by touching it.

The stick is extremely easy to light, it almost does it by itself and you feel the combustion will be phenomenal for the entire smoke, no need to worry about adjusting the burn at any time, just enjoy the smoke.

At the very beginning an explosion of spices will meet your palate, as the wrapper closes the El Septimo Amarillo on both sides. After few puffs a great complexity of flavours appear: roasted coffee, nuts, milk chocolate, hay and cedar wood, spices, it also has a mineral sort of characteristic reminding of rocks, and a small hint of candid orange zest and raisin that gives a small perception of sweetness (more of a feeling rather than aproper flavour).

The draw is great and not efforts at all is required. The acidity is quite present and
is well compensated by a mild bitterness which is very enjoyable overall. As the cigar burns more it gains even more complexity, with some incredible picks, that will give unique experience

The second part of the cigar picks up in strength and delivers hearty and spicy flavours, salty and mineral notes, everything wrapped up by a creamy and mellow texture.

Flavours are very persistent even several hours after having enjoyed the El Septimo Amarillo smoked.

The hash is dark grey with blue hue and sometimes even the smoke gets the most desired
colour, due to the long aging of the leaves that made this masterpiece.

When to smoke it: Being a med to full cigar this cigar is great after lunch or dinner, but it can be smoked at any time really, even at coffee break.

Cigar Review – El Septimo Amarillo Precioso (5 years aged tobacco)

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04
Aug

El SeptimoOrigin : Costa Rica
Size : 110mm x 38
Hand-Made : 5 Years old tobacco
Price : ~$18
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Cigar Tasting

The stick is of a small size and looks compact and elegant, very comfortable to handle, with a shiny yellow and silver band, suitable for people who prefer small ring gauges, it can be also very attractive for the Ladies Aficionada. The cigar wears a dark, milk chocolate kind of colour, wrapper,soft and silky gives pleasure just by touching it.

The stick is extremely easy to light, it almost does it by itself and you feel the combustion will be phenomenal for the entire smoke, no need to worry about adjusting the burn at any time, just enjoy the smoke.

At the very beginning an explosion of spices will meet your palate, as the wrapper closes the El Septimo Amarillo on both sides. After few puffs a great complexity of flavours appear: roasted coffee, nuts, milk chocolate, hay and cedar wood, spices, it also has a mineral sort of characteristic reminding of rocks, and a small hint of candid orange zest and raisin that gives a small perception of sweetness (more of a feeling rather than aproper flavour).

The draw is great and not efforts at all is required. The acidity is quite present and
is well compensated by a mild bitterness which is very enjoyable overall. As the cigar burns more it gains even more complexity, with some incredible picks, that will give unique experience

The second part of the cigar picks up in strength and delivers hearty and spicy flavours, salty and mineral notes, everything wrapped up by a creamy and mellow texture.

Flavours are very persistent even several hours after having enjoyed the El Septimo Amarillo smoked.

The hash is dark grey with blue hue and sometimes even the smoke gets the most desired
colour, due to the long aging of the leaves that made this masterpiece.

When to smoke it: Being a med to full cigar this cigar is great after lunch or dinner, but it can be smoked at any time really, even at coffee break.

Cigar Review – Amarillo Precioso (5 years aged tobacco)

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23
Jul

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Britanicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8 (137mm) x 48
Hand-Made
Price : $25.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars

The Rafael Gonzales 88 is a “perfecto” shape cigar. Not completely straight (or Parejo in Spanish) not completely double figurados (both end pointed like the Cuaba Salamones).
As described in my review of the Pre-Release Gloria Cubana Exclusivo Gran Bretana (click here), this vitola is part of my top three favorite. First introduced in the Regional edition series in 2012 for the Bolivar Britanicas, UK edition. Then for the Ramon Allones Perfectos Swiss and now the first Rafael Gonzales for Asia Pacific.
The Rafael Gonzales 88, comes in boxes of 10 cigars. 8,888 numbered boxes have been produced.

Tasting

Just like all the regional edition (except the first one released) the Rafael Gonzales 88 wears a double band red and silver indicating its market.

I cut my cigar very shallow, as I lit it, it was slightly tight like my Gloria Cubana britanicas reviewed last month. However a great aroma came out of the smoke straight at the beginning.
The first taste feeling was very floral with dried fruits notes on the palate. As expected in rather young cigars, even though this one was part of the 2016 release but came out only in 2017, there is a slightly dry finish to the blend. Talking about the blend the latter is light just like a Rafael Gonzales should be. However due to the tightness of the cigar it is hard to fully appreciate the blend’s potential as the amount of smoke is very low.

The end of the first part is very dry on the palate but a slight creaminess can be appreciated, this shows the blend potential. I like the toast aroma of the smoke. Even-though its density is too low.

The second part doesn’t Start very well, sadly it’s very tight. On top of it the dry feeling from before remains very present and persistent.

The cigar burns funnily and goes off very quickly as there is not much air going through to keep it lit.

It is not my first Rafael Gonzales 88, I had one in the past that was just so lovely and was excited to review this one. You can feel the flavours are interesting but to shy to really give a serious opinion about it.
As soon as I ‘re-lit’ the second part again a warm creaminess comes out very gooood :)

I finally decided to cut a bit more, really to the edge of where it would pill off. And, magic!!! All opened. High density of smoke, great expression, no more dry finish all of a sudden really round and fruity kind of finish.

Complete change of direction towards the end of the second third. Very strong. High woodiness and stone fruits. Mineral on the finish.

The draw is even too loose. But can’t complain after the struggle of the first part.
We always say cut it a bit more but sometimes we are shy to do so. We shouldn’t be. I would have ruined a great powerful cigar. Never thought a Rafael Gonzales could be that strong.

The end turn into almond notes. Very complex as the flavours profile keep on changing and it would be complicated for me to describe it in two words.

The Rafael Gonzales 88 offers a very long finish at the end. A by dry still but nice lingery flavours.

The finish is creamy but still with some bitterness and freshness the blend need some times to be more round and smooth.

Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales 88 Regional Edition Asia Pacifico

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05
Jul

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Perla
Size : 40 x 102 mm (4 in)
Weight : 5.91 g.
Hand-Made
Price : $8.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 2 out of 6 stars

Before you start reading our new quick review of the Rafael Gonzales Perla we want to share with you another review of the same cigar made few years ago by Sean, click here!

Tasting

I was not very excited about this Rafael Gonzales cigar. The main reason is that I have always heard from great collectors this brand needs some ageing before really expression the blend’s full potential.
This cigar comes from a box of 2017.

At first the draw it not completely tight but not slightly resistant, in between these two feelings. The burn is actually very good and impressive for such a little cigar.
We always think this little cigar, forgotten by most of us are being rolled rapidly without care but the first part the construction just improved very quickly and the perfect burnt allowed a great solid ash to form.

The aroma is a bit harsh at the very beginning but loads of smokes are coming out of the puffs. It is very enjoyable. Some surprising notes of burn provençal herbs are coming out of this cloud.

On the palate, some great smoked spices are developing. Quite complex for such a little cigar. The strength is very light and density of smoke high. This makes it such a soft feeling.

The cigar evolves slowly to a woody structure. Sometimes hints of sweetness reminding you a the creaminess we all know in our cuban cigars come out.

The end of the first part shows very Hhigh ammonia taste unfortunately. Hope it will change as the beginning was great. The finish on the palate is extremely short. Almost with the feeling of not having smoked.

The second part doesn’t Strat very well. kind of flat flavours… It is hard to say and almost rude for the great Habanos that we love. Nothing very special slight roasted coffee bean.
The aroma is much more interesting with this grilled herbs notes. I never experienced such an aroma I have to say. Very confusing, in a good way.

The woodiness is well perceived but the finish is very short which makes it a very easy cigar to smoke.

The last third starts well with lots of oriental spices and the one I could recognise easily was the cumin. This is a surprisingly complex cigar.
The creamy structure comes and goes but when it’s here, makes it such a lovely cigar.

Not a bad little cigar, I wasn’t expected this. I have to admit the cigar isn’t really balanced and a bit of age won’t harm it. But having smoked some delicious aged cigar and now this fresh one I understand why they age so well. This Rafael Gonzales Perla is like young racing horse, going everywhere and hard to control.

A bourbon type of flavour appears in the very last part. Still with some bitterness on the back of the tongue though.
the last notes are extremely good, chocolaty and creamy texture, round not aggressive as it felt since the beginning.

Short smoke and getting tastier toward the end.

The problem I encountered with this cigar was 20 minutes after the after taste was really bad and this killed the entire enjoyment I had. Therefore I believe it should be an aperitif cigar before pulling out the big cigars.

Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales Perla

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26
Jun

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Grand Edmundo
Size : 135 mm x 54
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price :12USD-

Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 2.5 out of 6 stars

Cigar Brand Overview

Quai d’Orsay was created in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, asked his minister of economy to create a French cigar. As the former president explained “France is known for its perfume, champagne, foie gras but nothing in the world of tobacco”.
La Seita, company that had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to create a cigar for the French market. Quai d’Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Davidoff and Dunhill.

The marca was present in minor markets only. Over the past decade France was able to enjoy beautiful Quai d’Orsay regional editions that became collector items.

Since last year we can experience a “re-birth” of Quai D’orsay. 2 new vitola, a new look for the brand and a great blend. The n.50, already reviewed here and the No.54.

Cigar Appearance
I personaly love the new branding of Quai D’Orsay. The work Habanos S.A. and La Seita is great. Most of the Quai D’Orsay cigars will be claro to Colorado claro wrapper. The one reviewed has a stunning light shade of brown wrapper. Smooth and very elegant visually, matching perfectly with the new cigar band. I love the attention to detail to the band with the small gold spot in the letters for example. It is a great balance between simplicity and elegance.

Cigar Tasting

The Quai D’Orsay No.54 is a great big size cigar. Slightly shorter than the Behike 54. As described previously their wrappers are amazing. very good looking and of a high quality.
As I cut the cigar, or open the cigar as I sometimes like to say, the I see a great construction. Not to tight not to packed. The pre draw confirmed my thoughts.

The first few puffs were very light in flavours and aromas, very short finish and almost no structure on the palate. The density of smoke is immediately very high and very enjoyable.
As this is the first cigar of the day for me, with a coffee and nothing eaten before, I kind of like the fact that the structure is very weak. The flavours appear slowly with some nice sweet vanilla and a gentle nuttiness. Definitely not the most expressif blend so far but the amount of smoke and the light strength allow the very subtle flavour to stand out and being enjoyed.

During the second part the intensity slowly increase and the cigar vary between light and light to medium. Some moments are not balanced at all and express the ammonia left in the cigar too much. A slight bitterness appears on the palate but the flavours profiles from before increase with the addition sometimes of a Islay whisky finish on the palate. The feeling you have after having had a sip of a lagavulin 10 minutes ago. Very interesting. The structure is a bit more dense and allow the flavour to linger slightly more on the palate.
The aroma is great and intense.

The Last third is probably what you would really expect. Elegant and round would be enough to describe it. The moment of unbalanced is over.
However the blend is sometimes a bit dry on the palate and the flavours are good that we can feel a bit frustrated not to experience them more. It is a very light blend one of the lightest one I have experienced in months. Lighters than the corona claro and the No.50 but makes it a great Sunday morning cigar :)

Overall Rating

I enjoyed the No.54 as an easy smoke without any complexity.
If you are looking for a cigar rich and full of flavours it is certainly not the right one.
It makes it the perfect Brunch companion!

Cigar Review – Quai D’Orsay No. 54

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19
Jun

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 7“ (178mm) x 47
Format : Julieta No.2
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : $25 – $30
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Cigar rating
Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Introduction
The Montecristo Churchill Anejados is the second release of the linea Anejados. The Cigars released under this line are extra matured in the perfect humidity conditions of Cuba for a period of time between 5 to 8 years. This extra aging allow each part of the cigar to really melt together releasing the very full flavor potential of the tobacco leaves.


You can also read the great review of the Partagas Corona Gordas Anejados here!

Cigar Appearance
The Montecristo Anejados shows a double band, the traditional one plus a brown one which proudly said Anejados indicating the extra aging indeed. The size which I particularly like is elegant and its already a pleasure to old it in your hands. The color of the wrapper is Colorado and the quality of it is excellent with not many vein coming out and a crunchy feel which make me hope in a good draw.

Cigar Construction
The cigar is been rolled well, the cup was applied correctly facilitating the cutting procedure and the pre draw announce that is not going to be a tight one. During the smoke the ash was very compact and I almost went half way through before it went down, and when it did I could see the core of the cigar perfectly lit as I never had to use the lighter again.

Cigar Tasting

Like a first date, it is a shy beginning for the Montecristo Anejados, it felt quite light as a start but on the other side combustion and draw were really good. It shows since the beginning that the character of the stick is going to be woody with some spices hints, the classic Montecristo profile.
As we reach the second third the flavor intensity definitely picks up as the smoke gets warmer and denser, we can appreciate the lovely cedar and oak wood, vegetal notes with some cashew nuts feeling as well and a hint of spices occasionally.
Close to the end we can really appreciate the definition of the flavors, which are not changing much since the beginning, the only thing that evolves is the intensity of those, which is totally normal as the burning spot is always closer to our palate and the smoke is hotter; combustion and draw have been great during the entire stick.

Overall
The cigar was a bit lighter than expected, maybe because the extra aging which might have lower down the nicotine level, and make it smoother. It was very well constructed and I have to say that when a cigar doesn’t give any “inconvenient” is already half way to the success. Flavor wise the cigar didn’t show any complexity as the profile was the same from the beginning to the end, what I call a linear stick; but the definition of the flavors and aromas was good. This is a cigar which can be smoked anytime really, I enjoyed it with my coffee during the afternoon, and by the nature of it you can lit it and enjoy it without thinking about it too much.

Cuban Cigar Review – Montecristo Churchill Anejados

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11
Jun

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 165 mm X 55
Size : Montecristo 80th Aniversario
Brand Strength : Full (linea 1935)
Hand-Made
Price : $30 – $35
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars…

The larger format of Montecristo’s new line has the exact same dimension as the Montecristo 80th Aniversario which was supposed to be released in 2015 but came out last year!

Draw : 6 out of 6 stars
Burn : 6 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Appearance
As the Maltes and the Dumas, previously reviewed, the Leyenda wears a third band on the foot, a second band below the Marcas’ mentioning the name of the Line, Linea 1935 and the cigar’s name.
All cigars from the Linea 1953 come in a box of 20 stogies.
We have seen many shades of brown on the different boxes opened. Therefore we cannot say the Linea 35 are all Maduro or Colorado Maduro. Do not be surprised to have a shade difference between a box and another

Tasting

1st Part

The pre draw is perfect, not too loose not too tight, this is already very exciting and promising.
As soon as I light the Leyanda the burn is as good as the draw and loads of sweet woody notes to Start. I love the long module as the first flavours a very fresh and soft “almost” cold when they reach the palate.
Intensity comes very quickly and the full strength of cigar is already present with a nice woodiness and reach texture. The density of smoke is medium.
Some nice touches of earthiness added to the woodiness develop a very good Montecristo flavour profile with a high intensity.
Very low acidity, don’t feel that the cigar is young. The flavour complexity shows you this is a great cigar with a massive potential already felt during the first part. Cocoa and roasted coffee bring the Leyenda to sweet flavour profile.

2nd Part

During the second part the strength soften a bit. The density of smoke is very high the cigar just keep on bringing flavours reminding you of a great Montecristo with some age. The flavours are very well balanced. At the same time you can enjoy a powerful cigar but yet its development is so smooth that you just appreciate the flavours and don’t feel overwhelmed by strength.
The ash is long and strong. Beautiful shape and grey. The combustion is very even, you do not need to light your cigar 10 times during the tasting even if you leave it on the ashtray for 5 minutes you will still have a great combustion.
The aroma is great as well. I start realising this Leyenda is my favourite out of the new 1935 lines. So rich and complex.

3rd Part

The last third is pretty similar and doesn’t have a massive change. However towards the very end the Montecristo Leyenda starts to be slightly shorter and the palate this is really to pick something a bit negative in this great hour and twenty minute smoke. Also it becomes a bit dry and looses its grassiness and rich flavours and aroma.

Overall
I enjoyed the three cigars from the Montecristo 1935 Linea, the Dumas, the Maltes and the Leyenda. Out of the three, the Leyenda was really an outstanding cigar with a massive potential of development and ageing a great addition to the Montecristo cigars line. Cuba has done a great job.
My only issue with this new line is the new look and feel of the box not to my personal taste. I love the authentic wood with details on it.

Cigar Review – Montecristo Linea 1935 Layenda

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