Cigar Review: Montecristo Petit Edmundo (BUT MAY13)

Montecristo is a brand I tend to have a love hate relationship with historically.  I gave a lot of praise to the No 2 in the past on one of our shows, but I also was not much of a fan of that vitola for quite some time.  I also have not had great experiences with the smaller ring gauges.  However, one vitola has always been a humidor staple, and I figured it was time to finally review it, the Petite Edmundo.  When I first got into Habanos, I was all about small ring cigars, and really did not enjoy many robusto sized cigars.  So I guess maybe my bad experience with the smaller rings of Montecristo led me to this petite robusto, and from first puff I was hooked.  Granted, I am probably giving away the final thoughts of the review up front, but I would rather preface with my opinion then string you along with some bullshit.


Dry Draw: cinnamon, bready, peat

First Third: I fired this badboy up right after work, and normally that means an espresso pairing, but I resisted temptation for the sake of review.  Of course, right up front I got coffee acidity with a citrus hint, very similar to Ethiopian beans.  Most Montecristos have a signature woody finish, and the Petite Edmundo delivered.  The peat from the dry draw arrived as oak on the finish.  The finish was smooth with power and body from the oak, complimenting the coffee and citrus acidity.


Second Third: The Petite Edmundo is proud to be an Oakie from Muskogee.  A place where even squares can have a ball.  Really I cannot think of anyone I would not recommend this to at that moment, as the body of the oak was full enough to cater to any palate.  The coffee faded, making way for a dark cocoa note, very full in nature.  The oak seemed to coat my entire palate, like I could scrape it off the roof of my mouth, along with the tongue and filling the front o mouth.  The dark cocoa really crept up the tongue on the intake, with the oak flavors dropping everywhere else on the exhale. 


Final Third: We have arrived at oak bomb status; Stabler is going deep to the Ghost in the Post. I mean really the only downfall to how strong the oak flavors are the sheer dominance.  I did get some corojo notes towards the end, arriving with brown sugar through the nose.  Some of the sweetness form the middle came back as well, and I really wished I had an espresso drink of some kind.  To say the finish is long is an understatement. 

Construction: perfect


Final Thoughts: Yes, I already stated that the Petite Edmundo is a humidor staple, but I do not think it has quite reached its potential.  The problem with these cigars are they smoke well fresh.  Full in nature, the finish is smooth enough to appeal to a discerning palate, while the body will appeal to the Nicaraguan fan new to the game.  My experience with the Edmundo that is well aged, and the Petite Edmundo that is semi aged has been much more complex than this one.  I think this cigar is in a dead stage of sorts, where the oak flavors really dominate, and the blend needs more time to settle and become more delicate in nature.  That being said, I love smoking these, and believe it is a multibox buy.  This is the type of cigar that warrants the trifecta; one for smoking and two for aging!

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