Probably the most well known line/brand in the world, Montecristo, is infamous for its elegant flavors and balance in strength. Almost every cigar smoker has smoked a Montecristo in their lifetime, whether that is Cuban or not, and each one I imagine has been consistent from the previous smoke. I have been a fan of the line for sometime, and while I typically smoke the No. 2 vitola, there are others in the line just as enjoyable. As everyone knows, the line gets its name for the book, The Count of Montecristo, and the line paid more tribute to the story when they released the Edmundo size in 2004. The Edmundo vitola was meant to pay tribute to the main character in the book, and was released in a vitola that has become the foundation vitola for famous Habanos such as the Siglo VI and the Montecristo Grand Edmundo. I have smoked the Edmundo vitola on numerous time, and while it is enjoyable it is not my favorite. The No. 2 is without a doubt the most popular of the vitolas in the Montecristo brand, but probably the second or third most popular size is the Petit Edmundo.
I should note that besides the Edmundo and Petit Edmundo vitolas paying respect to the main character in the story line of the book, Habanos S.A. has also released several limited edition cigars to Mexico bearing the same full name, Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109. That cigar was absolutely incredible, and having the pleasure of smoking that cigar was a privilege I was fortunate to have. Anyways, after the successful release of the Edmundo vitola in 2004, Habanos S.A. decided to release another similar vitola in 2007 called the Petit Edmundo. The cigar would keep the same ring gauge as its predecessor, but would be composed of a different blend, packaged in wooden box of 10, and be much shorter in length.
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Measuring 4.33″ with a 52 ring gauge, the Petit Edmundo truly is the smaller brother to the Montecristo Edmundo. Now the cigar is a Cuban puro, that is obvious, but the blend for this cigar is different from any other Montecristo, and is also stronger. The cigar has a silky wrapper to touch, and it is very firm. The coloring is that of light Colorado, I would say close to Natural, but because of the definite light red presence in the coloring it falls into the Colorado category. There is a nice aroma to the cigar, and it shows some definite Asian spice notes, wood, hay, coffee and earth notes. The cold draw is slightly tight, like most Cubans, but that is how I prefer the draw on my cigars. Since the cigar is fairly short, and a petit robusto, I am going to divide the cigar into halves.
The first half opens wonderfully, and it is showing those great Montecristo flavors, with some strength added on. I have often found Petit Edmundos to be slightly stronger than the average Montes, but it is because of this that I really love the vitola. The cigar shows lots of pleasant wood notes, and there is some definite presence of leather, cream coffee and cocoa. There is a nice finish on the cigar of spices, and the spices are that of pepper and cinnamon. It is definitely stronger than your standard Monte, smoking around medium full in terms of strength, but it is also very flavorful. I am picking up some coconut shaving notes on the finish as well, and in terms of construction the cigar is perfect. I am getting a solid and even burn line, and there is a nice ash on the cigar of charcoal gray.
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I am in the second half of the cigar now, and the cigar is still performing as well as it was in the first half. It is definitely a great robusto, and because of the size, it is a cigar that can be smoked when there is little time on hand. There is definitely more of a spice presence in this half, and it is present on the forefront and the finish. I am getting some soft cream notes present with some cedar and coffee notes, and the cigar is showing characteristics of a milder cigar and a fuller bodied cigar. I would say it is similar to the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012. I’m not picking up any coffee or coconut shaving notes in this half, but it has a nice smooth finish. The cigar is definitely medium full in strength, like the first half, and it has an even burn line and a nice amount of smoke even on the finish.
After smoking the cigar down to the nub, and the cigar remaining cool, it is hard not to think of how great this cigar is. I often discussed with people who smoke Habanos that they either love this cigar or don’t care for it, but I have to agree with in the infamous Paul Segal and think that this is a great cigar. This is a cigar that I buy multiple boxes of because when I get on a Petit Edmundo kick, I get on a big kick. I should say that it is not like your everyday Montecristo, and because of that those who care for milder cigars like the No. 2 would probably not care for this cigar as much. I love the increase in strength in this cigar, and because of that I give it a 94. If you have the opportunity to purchase some of these while oversea I strongly suggest you do.