Cigar Review: Montecristo Texas Connoisseur Edition

Cigar Review: Montecristo Texas Connoisseur Edition

Montecristo Cigars / Altadis
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6″ x 60
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $13.95

Overall Rating: 8.7

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Anyone who has ever been to Texas knows that this is definitely true. Even the Montecristos are bigger here. The Montecristo Texas Edition is one of four regional connoisseur editions that includes New York, Las Vegas and Chicago. Each of these cigars is only available in locations they’re named for or in a commemorative gift set that includes to of each cigar. The Montecristo Texas Edition is a big Texas-sized Montecristo that is full flavored and medium bodied.

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Pre-Light: A secondary band that says “Texas Edition” sits just below the standard brown Montecristo band. There are a lot of veins to this wrapper that has the color reddish leather of tanned hide. An effect that I’d call “marbling” on the wrapper makes the Texas Edition look extremely appetizing.

The Montecristo Texas Edition has a coffee and leather aroma to the wrapper. Off the unlit foot feature a strong sweet chocolate aroma. The cold draw is very easy and allows through flavors of mild cocoa and sweet natural tobacco.

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Burn: The Montecristo Texas Connoisseur Edition has a great draw that lets through a lot of smoke. From beginning to end this cigar burns even with no need for correction.

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Flavor: A strong leather flavor hits the palette right away. Soon a black pepper and spice become noticeable (especially on the retrohale). There is a chewy meatiness to the smoke that is normally associated with much stronger cigars. During the first third of the Texas Connoisseur Edition the main flavors are leather and cedar while mild spice, grass and cocoa remain in the background. There is a lot of leather, spice, beef jerky and mild black pepper flavor to the second third of the cigar. At the transition to the final third a natural tobacco flavor takes over the starring role. The final third has a lot of flavor to it. Cedar, spice, leather, herbs, coffee and cocoa all mingle together in the final third go the Montecristo Texas Edition. The cedar, natural tobacco and spice dominate the final inch and a half of this cigar.

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Overall: The Montecristo Texas Edition is a very good medium bodied cigar that shares some similarities to the H. Upmann Banker and Monte by Montecristo. There is a good deal of leather, cocoa, mild spice and coffee flavors to this medium to medium-full cigar. Personally, I enjoyed the Montecristo Texas Edition, but it’s not a cigar that I’d be smoking regularly. Of all the regional edition Montecristos the New York and Texas Editions are, by far, my personal favorites. If you’re in visiting Texas I’d suggest picking one up and trying it just for the novelty.

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Pairing: A glass of sipping rum pairs really well with the Montecristo Texas Edition such as a Zafra 21. Being as it’s a Texas themed cigar it does pair well with a beer, but a darker ale will pair best with the Texas Edition.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review provided by Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, TX. Although the generosity is appreciated it in no way affects the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews. However, I would like to plug the Big Damn Cigar Jamboree & Wingding October 18th, 2014 at the No Label Brewery. Tickets are available online now.