I recently took a drive out to our latest sponsor Atlantic Cigars to put together some cigars for a cigar event I was running. Having come across the cabinet seleccion cigars in Philadelphia a few months back, I decided to make this stick part of the package of cigars I gave out to those attending the event. After smoking one I am so glad I did. Thankfully there were a few no shows and I got to keep some of the sticks for myself to smoke.
Cigar: Montecristo Cabinet Seleccion
Size: 7 x 54 (Churchill)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Appearance and Construction (20/20): When you take the time to look at this stick you can’t help but be in a state of awe. The cigar looks like a Cuban with its flat triple cap. The rustic looking wrapper has minimal veins and significant tooth that is simply outstanding. The seamless roll of this heavy cigar with no soft spots is the grand-daddy of all cigars. In the past I have awarded a 20 in this section, but this one sets the bar that I don’t think any will be able to touch. The Sumatra wrapper is glistening with oils and begging to be smoked.
Flavor & Notes (30/30): Prior to sparking the beauty up the prelight draw offers wonderful notes of nutty molasses. While the foot of the cigar offers that same wonderful sweetness with just a touch of pepper thrown in for good measure. So far, so good. Where you first light up the cigar there are some distinct notes of black pepper. While the notes are strong, they are no over powering to this seasoned cigar smoker. As the pepper slowly begins to subside there is nice well defined nuttiness to the cigar. The second third of the cigar reminds peppery and nutty, but there is a slight sweetness beginning to emerge from the Peruvian tobacco. The sweetness begins to fade as we finish out this part of the cigar and it will be missed. The final third of the cigar was very rich and nutty with some spice on the finish. Outstanding!
Burn/Ash/Draw (20/25): The cigar falters some here in this category. The burn is jagged at times and needed to be touched up once. The ash is a bit weak which surprised me some. I wound up with a lap full of ash on numerous occasions. The draw had a resistance slightly more then I would want from a cigar, but it was passable at best.
Overall (24/25): I am not a fan of mass produced cigars, so I always stay away from General and Altadis smokes. However, since these cigars are produced in limited quantities using only the best available tobacco these cigars smoke like different then I have come to expect from Altadis. Next time I order some smokes from Atlantic Cigar I’m gonna get me some more of these!
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