Cigar Review: Montecristo 80th Anniversary No. 2 Limited Edition

Cigar Review: Montecristo 80th Anniversary No. 2 Limited Edition

Altadis USA
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Binder: Dominican Republic (Olor 2010)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: medium
Price: $22.00

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Overall Rating: 8.9

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Montecristo brand, two special cigars are being released, one Cuban and the other Dominican in origin. The Dominican cigar from Altadis features an Ecuadorian Sumatran over a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The elegantly packaged Monte Cristo 80th Anniversary is limited to a total production of 40,000 cigars, released in boxes of 12 or humidors of 80. The occasion of the release alone will make this one of those cigars sought by collectors.

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Pre-Light: The packaging of the Montecristo 80th screams “this is something special”. There’s both a classic gentlemanly appeal and a modern elegance to the black and silver box. The Montecristo 80th Anniversary is a beautiful box pressed torpedo. A light Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper really sets off the cigar’s double band and foot band. This has the appearance of a special cigar.

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Scents of earth and cocoa can be detected from the unlit wrapper of the Montecristo 80th Anniversary. The unlit foot has a mix of sweet chocolate and dark cherry aromas. An easy cold draw allows through a mix of nuts, earth and cherry notes.

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Burn: The draw on the Montecristo 80th Anniversary is perfect, and allows through a good deal of smoke. Throughout the cigar the burn is even.

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Flavor: The Montecristo 80th Anniversary cigar begins with a strong nuttiness to the flavor profile, with background notes of cedar and caramel. While the first inch of the Montecristo 80th is very smooth and mellow, it is after that where the flavors really begin to morph and change into something more interesting. The cedar that has been in the background becomes more noticeable, and is joined by notes of earth, dark cherries, prunes, wheat bread, oak and herbs. On the retrohale there is a mix of cedar and black pepper. As the second third of the Montecristo 80th begins there is a return to the solid nuttiness that started off the cigar, yet soon afterward the flavors again begin to develop into something more. Oak, nutmeg, natural tobacco, cedar, dried herbs and mild coffee notes round out the flavors during the second third of the cigar. Heading into the final third of the Montecristo 80th, coffee and nutmeg become more and more prevalent. A leather note begins to join the coffee and nutmeg that are in the forefront of the flavor profile. Oak, herbs, prunes, unsalted peanuts, cashews, earth and subtle hints of spice round out the flavors of the last third of the cigar.

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Overall: The 80th Anniversary of the Montecristo cigar brand is a big deal, so obviously it called for a special cigar to mark the occasion. The Montecristo 80th Anniversary is definitely a special cigar. Altadis’ recent rebranding that began in 2012 has led to some pretty impressive cigars, and I’d put the 80th in that category. There’s a whole lot of complexity to the Montecristo 80th. While not solely a woodsy/nutty cigar, fans of those kind of medium bodied cigars will find the Montecristo 80th Anniversary to their liking. While the novice will easily enjoy the Montecristo 80th, this is a cigar that can provide a rich experience for a more seasoned cigar enthusiast. Personally, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed the Montecristo 80th Anniversary. While the price (which is not taken into account in the Overall Rating) is steep the, the cigar’s flavor, collectibility and packaging make the price seem in line with other similar releases from other companies. (Although, those offerings tend to be fuller bodied in general.) The Monte Cristo 80th is worth picking up and adding to your collection if budget permits.

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Pairing: The Montecristo 80th pairs extremely well with a glass of Pinot Noir, such as the Elegancia, Tandem Winery Sangiacomo Vineyards, or Fess Parker Pinot Noir. The red wine drinker will get a lot from pairing a good vintage with the 80th.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)