Monte Pascoal Double Corona (7 5/8 x 49)
Wrapper: Brazil Mata Fina
Binder: Brazil Mata Fina
Filler: Brazil Mata Fina and Mata Norte
Video review here.
I received this cigar from Wes Gensel, Managing Partner of Monte Pascoal. This was my first experience with his cigars. They are the "new kid on the block" in the U.S. cigar market and are eager to get the word out about them. Their cigars are a puro using all Brazilian tobacco. Cigar makers have been using Monte Fina tobacco as part of their cigars for some time but these cigars use it almost exclusively.
Monte Pascoal is available in several sizes, as seen on their website.
The test draw was a bit firm. The first flavors were raw almonds. I gave the cigar some time to settle in.
About an inch in the ash was tight with alternating black and white ash. The cigar is still very much one of raw almonds. The cigar had earthy flavors; nuts and wood. The finish was one of almonds.
About 3 inches in the cigar made a change. There are now some light vanilla and cinnamon notes. The finish has light vanilla notes mixed with the almonds. The pepper is subtle but nice.
At almost the midpoint the vanilla developed a richness. This was a nice improvement. The vanilla took the lead in flavors followed by the cinnamon and then almonds.
Just past the midpoint the cigar has reached a new high. The vanilla has good richness followed by the cinnamon and almonds. The finish is long with a vanilla flavor. The pepper is still nice.
With about an inch left the cigar was still consistent. The cigar sums up with almond notes in the beginning transitioning to one of rich vanilla and cinnamon. The finish went from almonds in the beginning to a mix of vanilla and almonds. The pepper was nice on the draw and on the finish.
The cigar was nice but not exactly one that I typically reach for. I wish Monte Pascoal much luck with their venture into the U.S. market.