Size: 5 x 42
Binder and Filler: Cuban
Price: About $7.00 usd each
Behind The Stick:
I was lucky enough to receive a few of these from my buddy up north, Mr @Dalamscius on twitter, who sent me a care package of some fantastic smokes, a few of them being these creations. I did my best to let them sit as long as I could but temptation got the best of me and I had to dive in. I was able to do a little research and found out that these are actually very similar (if not the same) as the Montecristo No. 4 with the exception of the packaging where as the tubos naturally come in an aluminum tube. Now, running with this thought the #4 has been toted as one of the top 3 smokes from this company as well as being honored by some as ‘the most solid cigar in the world’ – now if that isn’t some pressure I don’t know what is. How did these stand up when I smoked em!?
Now, I am not sure if I could off the bat agree with that statement, but after years of faithful smokers speaking highly of the stick as well as spending their hard earned cash on them year after year – one has to take a step back and at very least admit they appear to be a viable option when sampling different selections from the Island. Without further interruption, onto the review!
One of the main characteristics that draws me to Cuban cigars (aside from the forbidden fruit aspect) is that I personally have had very little issues with Cuban cigars construction – unlike some of the veterans. That being said, the Montecristo Petite Tubos reinforces this belief with an extremely well prepared cigar. Very well filled from head to foot although there were a few ‘irregularities’, not with firmness but rather the appearance of the cigar had a more ‘knobbly’ feel – again nothing that would make me worry about the burn or how the cigar would smoke but rather it gave it more of the hey, this is a ‘true Cuban’ character. Although a large amount of detail goes into the creation and packaging of these, two of three had some issues when removing the band but luckily had no negative affects to the wrapper.
Simply awesome. Of course the natural tobacco flavors played the major role which I have to admit, I really enjoy the specific taste that Cuban tobacco brings to the table. Light and mellow on the palate, the typical ‘grassy’ and earth flavors coated my taste buds, frickn great. After the smoke warmed up the higher wrapper to filler ratio really kicked into gear, a moderate level of spice adding a small but enjoyable complexity. Another addition comes in near the end but this time, it was a more sweet sensation – not quite chocolate or coco but really one hell of a combination. Throughout the smoke a few flavors seemed to come and go, vanilla, coffee and at the very end a hint of leather although none of them stuck around for long.
If I could find these locally or on a regular basis I would get this as my daily to and from work smoke, that good. They would fit perfectly for this situation being that they lasted just under an hour and were not so overpowering or complex that I would feel as if I was missing something by focusing on the road more than the cigar. Now granted, although these babies hit my flavor profile right on the head, I realize this smoke may not be for everyone. If you get a chance to give a few a shot, I’d jump on the opportunity but at the same time, I wouldn’t pull on a box right out the chute either.
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory