The Montecristo White was a cigar I picked up from a grab bag of
random things from the folks at Casa De Montecristo by Tampa
Humidor. It came along with the Partagas Black, and Alec Bradley Prensado (5X50).
I was rather surprised. For starters, I’m not a huge Monte fan as a rule, I’ve outgrown the traditional big brands. It’s like drinking Budweiser (if you like pain) and then realizing there is locally brewed IPA. But since I paid for this, figured, what the hell.
The surprise came in that the cigar was fairly flavorful. Honestly, it was creamy, with good solid wood notes and a touch of pepper. The draw was good, construction solid. I’d expect that though from General Cigar. Good flavor overall, with a medium finish, this cigar is one for those who would enjoy a mild cigar but still want plenty of flavor.
I first had this cigar at Highland Cigar Company last year when it was a newer release. Chai had me give it a whirl and see what’s what.
The short version about the RP Sun Grown Maduro is that. A Broadleaf wrapper is draped over dual binders and Nicaraguan filler. I expect some sweetness to come through, depending on Patel treated his Broadleaf wrappers.
The mainstay of this cigar is that the flavors start off with cocoa and spice. Construction is pretty spot on for this6X52 vitola. Hints of creaminess come through, along with pepper and cinnamon. The cigar feels light in my fingers but it’s well constructed enough that the ash hangs on for a good quarter inch. This is a more medium to full bodied cigar with a very eye appealing wrapper. Continuing on the simplicity, the band is also lacking in intricacies but that’s not a strike. Sometimes, simplicity is king.
This is a cigar I first tried at Highland Cigar Company back several months ago as it was a release from 2017’s IPCPR. The line, inspired by hotrods and muscle cars, came out from CAO as a tribute to the hot rod craze, as even the boxes come with pinup girls and artwork attributed to the engines.
Created by General Cigar’s Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna, the Flathead 660 is a bulky, jet black box pressed cigar with no veins, a simple red and silver band with the frontmark present. A quick cold draw from punch at the cap gives us dried plums and dark fruits.
Lighting up the cigar presents us bittersweet cocoa and chocolate notes, a touch of pepper. As the cigar smokes, the flavors intensify and I start to taste the dark fruit, though I’m unable to identify it. (My problem, not the cigars) Closing with a medium finish, the spices increase in intensity, making this a great value cigar that definitely lives up to the hype.