The Montecristo Petit Edmundo was released in 2007 following the successful launch of the larger Edmundo size. Montecristo has always been a well respected line in the Cuban portfolio and these new vitolas are extensions of the successful brand to fit more of what today’s smokers want. Retailing for just under $8.00 a stick, its definitely one of the more approachable Cuban cigars. A friend of mine’s mom was traveling abroad in South America and brought back some of these for us from a friend of hers that collects vintage cigars. Our versions were tubos which definitely helped protect the cigars during the flight back.
Size: 4.33 x 52
Wrapper : Cuba
The wrapper was a very nice mocha color with some slight discolorations. No large veins or water spots were visible and the cap was well applied. I believe the tube really helped to protect the cigar over the years.
The draw was tight with flavors of heavy cedar. I’m a little worried about how its going to burn with this tight draw. Nothing I hate worse than a tight draw.
The cigar opens up with the cedar I detected earlier in the preflight draw. Its definitely the core flavor of the cigar at this point. Joining the cedar is a nice sweetness, white pepper and some faint creaminess. As the cigar neared the midway point, sweetness and creamy flavors turns more into a bitter sweet cocoa that is really nice. Still, I’m fighting the tight draw and its irritating. Even with that, the flavors are keeping me interested so I’m staying the course.
Draw has opened up a little, but not too much. The flavors have remind relatively the same except its developed a nice nuttiness to it. Other than that, not much of a change. I think I’m picking up the nuttiness because the draw has opened up some.
Well, this is kind of the way Cuban cigars are nowadays. The flavor is great like normal, but the quality of the cigars are completely hit or miss. You can get a box and have outstanding cigars or one that literally has half the cigars that are unsmokeble. The draw really hampered smoking this cigar. I couldn’t get the smoke volume I wanted which I believe muted or completely hide some of the flavors. Still, the flavor I got were great….enough to make me want to get more of these to try.
9 thoughts on “2008 Montecristo Petit Edmundo”
Is this the first time SR has reviewed a stick from the ISOM? It’s pretty cool that you guys are open to doing something like that. Too bad the US government makes it so hard on us to enjoy Cuban tobacco. Hopefully we’ll see a change in policy during our lifetime…
If the government lifts the embargo the cuban tobacco coming into this country would probably not be very enjoyable lol. The demand would just be ridiculous, everyone and their mom would want a cuban now, and cuba would just pump out any sort of tobacco to meet it. The end result=subpar cigars.
…not to mention an avalanche of counterfeits.
No. I know Jerry did some quite a while back. While I don’t smoke them as much as I used to, it nice to do a review on one every now and again.
If it happened, it might be similar to the 90s cigar boom (which I’ve only read about, mind). Massive demand resulting in subpar cigars, followed by an evening out and transition to a new era.
Thanks Ben, great review, and great observation in the last paragraph.
I wish they still made those portable ashtrays. A great concept, but I guess they didn’t sell well enough.
Very true. Those ashtrays are awesome. I bought several of them on C-Bid when they were blowing them out.
Great Review buddy, I am always interested in the Cuban cigar reviews although I never get excited about them the few I have had were good, but no where near worth the cost.
Johnny and Bailey,
If the embargo lifted today, it would be horrendous for Cuba and its tobacco supply. Their cigar prices would skyrocket and the tobacco cost would be outrageous. What you would see it more blends with Cuban tobacco like they do in Europe and South America. Could you imagine a Liga Privada or Tatuaje blended with Nicaraguan and Cuban tobaccos?