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12/29/17

Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition - Cigar Review

You see, the price of undershirts went up at Bi-Mart. So I held off till a Walmart trip. Would you believe I then found-out they went up there, too? So long story short, Santa didn't bring me undershirts. But he does make good with the cigars...

NOTES:
Burns outta the gate into a runner which extends the 1/3's most. After correction via rest and expert Bic-flick finaglings, it never don't require retouchings and rolling in phalanges. Some resting too. It's not a cruise-control thing by any stretch of one's imagination. The thing actually goes plum out outta nowhere at its mid-point. Seams widen ahead of mascara-line. Ash builds quite well, all things considered. A decent amount of smoky-smoke, but wispily-so. Construction I'm sure is at least somewhat accountable for the runner at the start. Draw is a nice 'nuff medium tension. Press holds well. Seams which are off the burn hold fast and nigh invisibly-so. Smoke stays cool and shaft firm to the wire.

A docile yet sharp pepper-spice rides tandem with sour notes a-top. Retro-hale is tangy, adding not much to the blend. A salted sweetness lifts them from their nethers. Salt seems to enhance the sours. Bitter notes ebb and flow, failing to entrench themselves into the profile. Smoothly textured in a rather weak manner that is felt in the light-body. Not overly balanced, but whispered notes don't high-light that transgression.
  • Pepper, black
  • Oak
  • Baking Spice
  • Coffee, thin, black
  • Lemon Zest
  • Salt
  • Wine, dry red cooking stuff (1/3, 3/3)
  • Chocolate, dark (in&out then out.)
  • Grains, toasted
  • Barnyard (rising)
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Dominican

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
FORMAT: No. 2 6x54 Box-pressed Torpedo
ORIGIN: Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd., Dominican Republic

FINAL GRADE: B-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

The Montecristo New York Connoisseur No. 2 Torpedo is available over at Cigars City. Your mileage (other than combustion issues, maybe) might vary from mine. I ain't a fan of sour-tangy. The lower than optimal grade is on account'a the burn issues. Not subjectively connected to my palate. Although the lack of balance... yeah.

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