Montecristo Petit Edmundo 2010
Date Reviewed: March 1st, 2011
Cigar Date: March 2010 (PTO MAR 10)
After a couple of long weeks of work, I decided to wind down in style! The night started off with a great prime delmonico steak and a sampling of fine liquors:Yamazaki 18, Glenrothes 1992, Laphroaig 15, a taste of Balvenie 21 and Macallan 18, and 1982 Laberdolive Armagnac:
After thoroughly stuffing myself, I was left to contemplate the perfect after-dinner cigar – and my thoughts led me to a Montecristo Petit Edmundo.
One of my favorite qualities of this cigar is the incredible volume of smoke. After the foot takes a quick light, the smoke starts billowing. The draw is just slightly loose – so slight it is almost not worth mentioning, except that the ease of pulling just effectuates more and more smoke. Combine this with the relatively easy burn, that required no touch up, and you have a great example of a well constructed cigar.
The initial note is predominantly dark cocoa. Shortly after the start, a nice milky quality combined with coffee melds together to form a quality latte flavor. The cigar immediately delivers on the expectations placed upon Montes.
The start of this cigar was quite impressive considering it only had a year on it. Aging, at times, is more art than science, and I was wondering if dumb luck had led to the perfect timing of lighting this cigar up. Around the halfway point, though, I was corrected for getting ahead of myself, with notes of dried tall grass and a mild bitterness joining the profile. The bitterness was not overpowering, making the smoke still enjoyable, but it was clear that the 2010 Petit Edmundo was just not quite 100% of what it could be with a bit more time.
Almost in a laughable twist, I finished writing my notes about age when the nub approached, and brought with it a bit of mature tobacco flavor, as if it had been aged perfectly. Notes of thick creme picked up significantly!
While I enjoyed this after dinner, it would work well as an after lunch cigar as well. The medium body doesn’t overwhelm with a nicotine kick, which I’m sure is also helped by its shorter stature.
Final Thoughts: What mixed signals! Strong notes of cocoa powder, creme, and coffee, start the cigar, blending well into a nice latte flavor. While hints of bitterness join the palate, a defined maturity hits as the nub approaches. At only a year of age, this cigar is already hitting its stride.
Aging Thoughts: This cigar is already smoking well, although a bit more age is likely to only improve the smoothness and flavor profile.