By: Eric Hewett
Size:Â Â 4.33 x 52 ring
Country of Origin: Â Cuba
Price:Â $7 â€“ $8CDN
Behind The Stick:Â Montecristo is arguably the most popular & recognizable Cuban cigar brand in the world today.Â Â Â Â Â Originally introduced in 1935Â the brand itself is 76 years old & predates the Cuban Revolution by 24 yearsÂ Â Â Â A rich history makes the Montecristo brand a favorite amongst many classes of cigar lovers.Â Â Â Even the Terminator & current California Governor himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is rumored to have a deep affection for the Montecristo #2’s.Â Â Â Â Â No wonder California’s budget is blown to bits, the Guvna has expensive tastes!
The Montecristo Petit Edmundo was released in 2007 and is the shorter brother of the Montecristo Edmundo (5.25 x 52 ring, released 2004) whichÂ was christened in honor ofÂ the heroÂ Edmond DantesÂ in Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 adventure novel “The Count of MonteÂ Cristo”.Â Â Â Â I know you are dying to hear more about the dashing hero Dantes & his quest for revenge and redemption but alas, I have another story to tell.Â Â Â Â One of a short, fat Cuban named Petit Edmund……..say hello to my little friend!!!!!
Construction:Â The Montecristo Petit Edmundo is a very attractive specimen for such a stout fellow.Â Â Â The milk chocolate brown wrapper is near flawless with thin veins andÂ a velvety smooth feeling to the touch.Â Â Â Â The triple cap isn’t perfect but it is charming rather than sloppy.Â Â Â The classic Montecristo band isÂ understatedÂ with thin white lettering on a brown background.Â Â Â It’s a classy look that perhaps more cigar makers should consider……hmmm….less time and money on a flashy band & more time and energy on the cigar itself.
Flavor:Â The Petit Edmundo has one of the better pre-light aromas I have encountered.Â Â Â Â It’s aÂ sweet herbal, hay, barnyard, cubanesqueÂ aromaÂ that I am certain I could pick out of a blind sniff test atleast 4 out ofÂ 5 tries.Â Â Â Â Â The clip of the head is smooth with a double bladed cutterÂ & the cold drawÂ has a slightly sweet graham cracker/dried dates thing going on.Â Â Â Â Â Â The foot takes fire and blazes to life very nicely and evenly with a single wooden match.Â Â Â It doesn’t take long for the Petit Edmundo to set the tone right out of the gate.Â Â Â Smooth & balanced is the order of the day for this gentleman.Â Â Â A slightly sweet wood and coffee bean beginning is accompanied by a light spice that makes me think nutmeg…..maybe even light ginger…..very light.Â Â Â Â By the midpoint a wonderful nut & bread profile step in and carry the show right until I remove the band and work on the last third.Â Â Â The last third tends to heat up if you aren’t patient, so give Petit Edmund some rest near the end.Â Â Â You will be rewarded with a favorable finish that culminates with a cream and light herbal combination that leaves a clean feeling on the palate.
The burn is nice and sharp and non of the five samples I smoked required any help.Â Â Â The draw on each sample was good but that did not surprise me considering the girth of this particular vitola.Â Â Â Plenty of smoke on each draw made flavors easy to sample but as I mentioned earlier, the Petit Edmudo will get hot if you refuse to take your time.Â Â Â Why rush you might ask?Â Â Â Sometimes even the most disciplined cigar nut can be tempted to overwork this Cuban when the flavors start to dance.
Overall:Â What a great smoke!Â Â Â The shortened profile provides all of the flavor you could ask for without cutting too much time out of your day.Â Â Â You won’t need more than 40 or 50 minutesÂ to enjoy this guy.Â Â Â As Cuban cigars go the Petit Edmundo is reasonably priced and it offers a great flavorÂ experience from start to finish if you areÂ willing to rest between mouthfuls of tasty smoke.
The Montecristo Petit Edmundo is a good addition to any humidor at $7 CDN per stick.Â Â Â Â Go ahead and treat yourself to a fantastic short Cuban with a world class pedigree.Â Â Â Â Â You can even afford to make them part of your regular rotation without liquidating the kids college fund.