It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez. This cigar was released at the 2017 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. It is one of the newest Altadis USA cigars blended by AJ Fernandez. For this review, I check out the Toro, a 6 x 55 box-pressed stick. It retails for $11. I’ve enjoyed most anything AJ Fernandez has blended, so let’s see what we get!
On the cold draw, I get light bourbon flavor, specifically, the spicy, oaky notes in Maker’s 46. The wrapper produces a grassy earth aroma, while I smell damp woods out of the foot. Once lit, I’m greeted with cinnamon, black pepper, and leathery earth. Through the nose, there is a nice sweetness with cedar and bread notes. The finish offers hefty body with black pepper, toast, and molasses.
Thirty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up grassy earth with some black pepper. Through the nose, salty leather blends with a burnt caramel. The finish hits me with leather and more black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third finishes after one hour. There is a rich tobacco core on the draw complimented by black pepper and sweet earthy flavors. Red pepper and leather blow through my sinuses on the retro-hale. The finish offers me black pepper spice and earth. Strength and body both remain at a steady medium-to-full.
The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the draw, I find leather and black pepper. Through the nose, cinnamon makes an appearance with additional leather. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body close out at medium-to-full.
The Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez is a pretty good smoke. It offers a moderate amount of complexity with some enjoyable flavors. If you’ve had other AJ Fernandez blends, this will be a familiar experience with its own uniqueness. Construction is perfect with giant chunks of ash stacking like quarters. I feel this should be a few dollars cheaper, but I would guess the Montecristo name drives the price. At any rate, it’s definitely worth trying, but I wouldn’t rush out to grab a box.