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I have to admit right off the bat that this review will be biased. It’s not because I had any preconceptions about the Montecristo White… this was my first time trying it. Nor was there any ulterior motive in smoking this cigar for review. But it just so happened that this was my victory cigar for finally breaking 100 on the golf course this weekend, and my elation was only fed by the delicious aroma of this top-shelf smoke. That being said, I was so proud and excited that a Black & Mild probably would have tasted OK at the moment.
The Montecristo white is not just the perfect golf cigar — it’s the perfect anytime cigar. Sitting slightly on the tamer side of medium-bodied territory, it’s light enough for the morning while being complex and flavorful enough for the evening. The fat 54 cm ring gauge took a good dose of flame to get started, and the first few draws were tight and uninteresting (might have been the humidity). However, once the burn took hold, this cigar became instantly delicious and easy to smoke.
The flavor is unabashedly toasty, generating a light mouth feel but with plenty of nuance to taste. The spice is subdued but ever-present, leaving a nice subtle kick on the ultra-clean finish. I got huge hints of nuts and vanilla, along with a sweet cedary note here or there. I remember thinking about how well this cigar would pair with a cup of coffee.
I have been smoking a lot of medium- to full-bodied cigars recently, and as such the Montecristo White was perfectly timed. Even though the temperatures were still up in the 80s, this cigar was downright refreshing. I really felt like I was “drinking in” the smoke, and puffing out creamy clouds of sweet, silky smoothness. Deep draws produced a nice amplification in body with no harsh flavors at all, while more shallow draws were very mellow yet still subtly spicy and flavorful.
Though the flavor itself was complex, the cigar did not change drastically as the burn progressed. Some coffee hints appeared in the middle third, as well as a slight caramel note. By the time the burn had nearly made its way to the cigar band, the toastiness was beginning to fade a bit, replaced by a more leathery foundation. I took the band off and continued to smoke but the stick began to lose a bit of steam, and finally went out when I put it to rest for a couple of minutes.
Though the beginning and end left a little bit to be desired — that was about 2% of the actual smoking experience. The middle 98% was fantastic, and I could see myself buying a box. We sell the Montecristo White Toro for $212.95 per box of 27, which works out to $7.89 per stick, though you’ll pay $10 and up at your local B&M. It ain’t a cheap cigar but damn is it worth every penny to this cigar reviewer. I will check back in with you when I break 90!