I don't have to point out that my writing on this blog is pretty much exclusive to whiskey. My friends know that whiskey isn't the only thing that I have a passion for. Good BBQ, craft beer and cigars make there way into my normal consumption routine.
During the winter it's tough to sit down and enjoy a good cigar because the weather pretty much sucks here in the Mid Atlantic. I won't whine because my neighbors to the north have had it far worse. That being said, I make it a point to travel to my local cigar lounge where they allow clients to "bring their own".
This last week I settled in to enjoy the Monte by Montecristo Jacopo #2. This has got to be one of the nicest box pressed cigars I've seen as well as being a little unusual in that it had 4 equal sides; not something you see in a typical box press. The construction of this torpedo looked to be spot on and the wrapper was a typical colorado brown. Using a Xicar cutter, I clipped the end and used a torch to toast the foot and then light. Initial draw was nearly perfect with just the right amount of resistance.The one thing lacking with this cigar was noticeable flavor transitions as I smoked through the stick. This is not necessarily uncommon but something I experience when smoking an aged Cuban. Overall, this was a medium strength cigar with a good flavor profile.
From a flavor perspective, this cigar had some good things going on. Initial profile consisted of honey sweetness with light citrus on the back end; a combination I like in cigars. Added to that I got some espresso, cocoa and moderate wood notes. As I continued to smoke the stick down, the citrus influence dropped off and the coffee and wood notes became more pronounced with the honey sweetness still lightly in play. Taking my time with this cigar avoided any bitterness from popping up toward the end due to tar build up. This was a pleasant smoke and one I'll come back to as the weather becomes more favorable.
This cigar was featured in the Cigar Aficionado Magazines top 25 cigars of 2014 coming in at #9.
I got this cigar from Famous Smoke Shop where it runs about $9.25 a stick. From their website, they say this about the Jacopo:
"Monte by Montecristo is a modern twist on the classic cigar. The Monte features a double binder, composed of a Dominican Olor and Nicaraguan Corojo which encases an aged Dominican filler, all wrapped in a rich Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. With the name of Montecristo, you can be assured you will get the same flavor, complexity, and enjoyment out of this cigar that you have come to expect from all of Montecristo's offerings. In a word, this smoke is exquisite."
Size: 6 1/8 x 54
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
Wrapper Leaf Type: Habano
Price: $9.25 (per cigar)