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Cigar: Montecristo Petit Edmundo
Size: 4 1/3 x 52
I was hesitating between the RASS and the Petit Edmundo for this review, because I wanted to tell you about one of the cigars that I enjoy on a regular basis. As Jerry already posted about the Ramon Allones a while ago, I decided to go with the Montecristo.
Petit Edmundo is shorter (4 1/3 inches) and slightly fatter (52 ring gauge) than a regular robusto. As you can see from the picture, it’s a true killer in the looks department – this is probably the most gorgeous cigar that one can find. Milk chocolate, impeccable wrapper is silky and thin veins are hardly visible – needless to say, the classic Montecristo minimalistic band adds to the visual satisfaction. The cigar is well-packed, without soft spots. It has an exquisite sweet and sour smell to it. I used my Zino guillotine and obtained a very clean cut.
The pre-draw is slightly tight, it provides a rich tobacco taste along with some cedar notes. It is a pure pleasure lighting this cigar with a butane lighter as the aroma emanating from the toasted foot is truly wonderful. As soon as it is completely lit, the Petit Edmundo starts delivering clouds of thick white smoke, the draw requiring moderate efforts. The burn is absolutely perfect in the first two thirds and a few corrections might be needed in the last third to keep it evenly lit. The ash is light grey and very solid, holding for around 2 inches.
The first puffs immediately indicate that I’m dealing with a high-profile cigar. Instead of a rough spice burst which I often experience with other Cuban smokes, I am greeted with a perfectly balanced bouquet of expensive wood, black pepper and nuts. The smoke is extremely smooth and creamy, making me think about butter. The power and the spice are present but they are very well contained. The second third brings an increase in power, the cigar becomes even more masculine as the intensity of the bouquet surges. What’s surprising is that the creaminess is still there, it never feels harsh or overwhelming. At the end of the second third, I make out notes of sweetened coffee and perhaps some chocolate as well – it’s not easy to identify those but they are sure delicious. The finish is soothing. I could easily nub this cigar – just be careful while removing the band – you may damage the wrapper.
As you have probably noticed, I really like the Petit Edmundo. I find it better than its bigger brother, Edmundo (1 inch longer) as it (IMO) packs more flavors in a smaller format (and don’t forget to take the price into account, too!). I see no real competition in the short robusto format either. At $8 per stick, that’s a no-brainer if you are looking for an authentic Cuban experience. As for the pairing recommendation, I would suggest it with a single malt (my favorites are Glenlivet and Macallan) or a vintage port.
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