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Montecristo Reserva Negra Robusto

Initially, Altadis: USA’s Montecristo, contained six lines. Last summer, the Montecristo Reserva Negra was released, which now gives seven lines to the Montecristo brand. The wrapper is a San Andres Morron, also known as San Andres Negro (hence the name Reserva Negra.) The interesting thing about this area is that from what I’ve heard, the soil is claimed to be comparable to Cuba’s famous Vuelta Abajo, which in Cuba is the prime area of wrapper tobacco plantations. The name Morron means “chestnut brow,”, this wrapper is also very rare. This will be the first Montecristo to Contain a Maduro wrapper, but don’t let that scare you, there’s a first for everything.

THE CIGAR

This Cigar has a beautiful Maduro Wrapper with very few veins. It is not oily in any way and contains a rugged finish, almost matted, you could say. The pre light aroma is very indulging; a lot of pepper and coffee scents coming through. Upon lighting the cigar the draw was slightly tight, but within three minutes it really opened itself perfectly to blast my palate with an immense amount of smooth creamy flavours of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and a little bit of leather. The flavours are apparent in the first 1/3 of the smoke. I really enjoy the way this cigar is manufactured: it is slightly box pressed with rounded edges, which allows it to stay in your mouth nicely. This robusto is really nicely packed. The ash is very strong—a little flaky but strong—and the burn is absolutely flawless so far. It seems like this smoke is only going to get better. I’m at the halfway point and I seem to be getting some sweet woody type flavour, which are not necessarily cedary like most cigars offer. At the final 1/3, the cigar really seems to be giving me some full-bodied characteristics and overall power. A lot more peppery spice is evident but still having a smooth undertone. Not having smoked too many Mexican wrapped cigars besides the H.Uppman reserve Maduro and the Gispert, the Montecristo Reserva Negra is a definite MUST SMOKE. Don’t underestimate the quality of this cigar. I’ve been fortunate enough to smoke Cohiba Maduro’s on many occasions and let me tell you, the Negra in my books is very comparable in taste quality and burn profiles.

San Andres

  • WRAPPER: Morron
  • BINDER: Nicaraguan
  • FILLER: Nicaraguan and Honduran
  • STRENGTH: Medium to Full
  • ASH: Beautiful white colour
  • SIZE: 5 x 54

SUMMARY

The Montecristo Reserva Negra is a great smoke that offers a lot of desired flavours that your palate will thank you for. A perfect burn followed by a persistent smoothness with spicy woody and leathery notes, all toped of with a fuller bodied finish of spice. This cigar is sure to be one you will not forget . The wrappers rarity gives the cigar a one-up, but the taste and construction speaks for itself.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Kukucka
Member of the Montecristo Lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan