October 06, 2012

Montecristo Epic Premium Selection '07 Toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.
The task of creating Montecristo Epic was assigned to a special team of our most skilled and accomplished cigar makers – Grupo de Maestros – artisans with centuries of combined experience. It is a true handmade luxury, a masterpiece of complexity and full-bodied smoking pleasure made of the finest aged tobaccos – Vintage 2007.
Every step of the process, from hand selecting the ultra-premium tobaccos to each cigar’s flawless construction is performed with meticulous attention to detail and obsessive devotion. Each cigar is hand inspected and every box includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the artisans at every step.
Wrapper: Select Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Special Selecttion of Vintage Nicaraguan & Dominican Tobaccos
Production Team: Grupo de Maestros
Vintage: 2007
Sizes: Churchill (56X7’’), Toro(52X6’’), Robusto (52X5’’)
Packing: 10 cigars/box
RSP: $15, $14, $13/stick
The cigar is very well made and obviously oily. It shines beautifully. The cigar is triple capped and very dense.
The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were leather, coffee, cedar and some sort of citrus with a nice amount of pepper. I would say the pepper rating is a 6. I decided to let the cigar sit for a minute. 
About 3/4" in the flavors settled down into a sweet pink grapefruit, toasted cream, leather, and coffee with nice pepper. At this point the flavors are balanced in intensity. The finish is one of a sweet cream at first then changing to a semi-sweet raw almond with a touch of lingering pepper. I would call the cigar medium bodied at this point and I expect that to change.
About 2 inches in I noticed something. The flavors seem to change almost every other puff. You get the citrus notes on one puff, then cedar on others. You even get a cherry flavor at times. The cigar is showing some signs of richness and it has a buttery flavor about it. The leather notes are more prominent. The coffee notes are still there but fading. The finish is primarily a sweet cream. Depending on your definition of a complex cigar this could be it. It makes regular changes. The cigar is now medium to full bodied and working it's way to full bodied.
After removing the lower band the cigar has settled into one of cedar and leather. The coffee has gone away altogether. There are still some buttery notes on the cedar. The pepper is still about the same. The finish is pretty much one of cream but I still get those raw almond notes from time to time.
The cigar ended just as the last segment. It also reached full bodied status. This cigar has made numerous changes throughout the smoke, ranging from a sweet pink grapefruit to cedar to cherry. It settled into one of cedar and heavy leather with some buttery notes and nice pepper. It had periods of richness but not throughout the life of the cigar. I found this to be a good Montecristo and one that leather lovers should try.
Score: 90

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