Montesino Maduro Robusto – Cigar Review
Today I am reviewing the Montesino Maduro robusto which is made in the Dominican Republic by the Fuente Family. Montesino is one of the first brands produced by the Fuente’s when they moved to the Dominican Republic. The Fuente Family is one of the most well known cigar manufacturers in the world. They produce well known lines such as Opus X, Ashton, and Diamond Crown. Montesino is a value priced cigar produced by the Fuentes. The maduro in the line features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a mix of Dominican fillers and a Dominican Binder.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Montesino Maduro features a light oil gloss with a bit of veins. It is a dark brown, nearly milk chocolate in color, which is slightly mottled, with a reddish tint. The band sort of reminds me of an Italian flag with the mix of green, red, and white, yet there is some added gold tracing as well. It has a very generous cap which is well applied. The Montesino Maduro I smoked for review was evenly packed with no flaws.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Montesino Maduro has notes of coffee, cocoa, and some oak. The foot also has notes of oak and cocoa along with a bit of hay. Since the cap is so generous I clip about a 1/4 inch down, and on the cold draw there is a blend of light spices, cocoa, coffee, and earth.
Smoking Characteristics: The Montesino Maduro opens up with a bit of oak spice, sweet cocoa, and a light coffee flavor. It starts out very smooth, creamy, and rich. The draw initially is tight and produces only a medium body of smoke, but opens up a little after the first inch or so. When it opens the smoke becomes even creamier, smoother, and takes on a very sweet overall tone that makes me salivate as I smoke.
Into the second third the cocoa flavor develops more, but loses some of its sweetness. The oak builds into more of a spice while the coffee flavor remains consistent. The draw improves even more so allowing the body of smoke to build closer to full on each draw. The smoke is still very creamy, smooth, sweet, and overall, delicious. A mix of oak spice and cocoa powder lingers on the palate long between draws. The strength comes in at just slightly over medium with a razor sharp burn. A snow white ash clings tightly to the end of the stick.
During the final third the oak flavor picks up a bit more and the cocoa shifts to a bittersweet dark chocolate. The coffee note still remains, but becomes more of an undertone at this point. The draw opens completely and the body of smoke becomes full on each puff. The smoke is still very creamy and smooth, but has lost some of the sweetness it had before. This really isn’t a complaint, it actually provides a nice deep finish with some depth to it. The ash still holds tightly, and the burn remains razor sharp.
Conclusion: This was a fantastic stick. It had some great flavors, evolved a fair amount, and for its price point had some complexity to it. The flavor profile and smoke consistency fits what I tend to look for in a maduro. This often overlooked stick will definitely move into my rotation of go to smokes. With a medium overall profile, this smoke is definitely a cigar for a broad range of smokers.