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Montecristo A Cigar - Cab of 25

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Description Ref # MO0001

Flavour: Medium to Full
Length: 9 1/4" (235mm)
Ring Gauge: 47
Packaging: Cabinet of 25
Box Code: RPO LEOO

EMS Hunters & Frankau Vintage Selection

Tasting Notes

Simply incredible cigars. Beautiful colorado smooth wrapper on this enormous 9 1/4" length and 47 ring gauge "gran corona" sized cigar. Now aged for over 10 years and sure to be a splendid smoking experience.

Taste Test

Reviewed by Joe Gellman ( 22nd October 2001)

The entire Montecristo line is somewhat new to Cuba, first begun in 1934 by the Menendez and Garcia families who began the line with five vitolas. It was first known as the H. Upmann Montecristo, but that lasted only for a year. The family needed distribution for their cigars and approached what is now Hunter & Frankau. The brand was renamed "Montecristo" and the logo was designed by a director of H&F. Thus, we have the crossed swords associated with Dumas' The Count of Montecristo, from which the name originates. The Dunhill company started a marketing push on the brand and is responsible for its wide distribution, even in todays market.

The "A" is a mighty cigar, and as far as most Cubaholics are concerned, the paradigm of what a Gran Corona ought to be, with good reason. Since this cigar is unique in size, it is important to understand the process by which its leaves are selected.

The wrapper of the cigar is called the âeregazo', and are graded on their size and quality. The best leaf is classified as a #10 Regazo. The individual who handles this classification are called rezagadoras and the best can discern over 40 types. It is said that only the best of the best go into making the "A".

The cigar measures 47 x 19 ½, and is usually presented in a varnished box of two layers of 25. The cigar is also sold in an individual 'coffin'. In either case, the container should be opened to allow the cigar to breath and age properly. I am luck to have saved an "A" from the original shipment, which I found in my father's humidor after he died; a present from the grave, so to speak. This is not one of the cigars I smoked for this review. I intend to keep it until my daughter marries and, if she remains single, pass it on to a friend.

The cigars I tested were from two sources, MO and a gift from Kelly Kimura. Both were firm but not overly so. The wrappers were perfection, akin to the Trinidad's I recently reviewed. The color of both cigars were âemaduro' and did not have a flaw. The one from MO was gifted when one of his clients complained that the foot was broken as was part of the head. Frankly, I did not care since the foot quickly goes up in smoke and the head was easily fixed with a dollop of saliva (mine, of course). There were no soft spots on the 9 ½ inch shaft and the cigar was somewhat hefty. At 18.6 grams it ought to be heavy, and each cigar weighed the same. The cigar had a rich, smooth feel to it with very little oil showing.

The cigar lit well and produced a very heavy aroma, in the room. The initial taste was quite earthy and rich, yet not overpowering, at all (sorry, Vahe Gerard, you are wrong!). The cigar smoked very cool and did not lose any flavor nor become tedious to smoke. All through the smoke I was able to get just the right amount of smoke with a very easy draw. The cigar never ran and the ash showed a complete and even burn.

I was unable to point to the exact taste and can only say that there was a hint of exotic spice for the first half which became more pronounced in the last half. I cannot say that this cigar was spicy though it did have ample spiciness to it which did not overshadow the undertones of wood and a creamy, light, sweetness. I kept thinking of sweet peas whenever I got a hint of the sweet aroma, but this might just be my mind playing tricks on me. At the last three inches the cigar's flavors became more pronounced but never too strong to handle. While many "experts" on the subject tell us that the cigar is for the experiences smoker and can make one dizzy, I did not find this to be the case. Frankly, I would be happy to suggest this cigar to anyone. The fact is, the entire Montecristo line is of medium strength, and can be enjoyed by all who can get one.


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