It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a well-aged Cuban cigar. The Montecristo No. 1 is a 6.5×42 Lonsdale. This No. 1 is from 2005, which puts it at 11 years old. As with any Cuban cigar, the tobacco contained in this blend is entirely from Cuba. It appears to be well rolled with a very smooth, seamless wrapper.
The wrapper gives off an earthy chocolate aroma, while I smell pepper and earth out of the foot. The cold draw is very snug with just a grassy flavor. Once lit, the cigar continues to be tight. On the draw, I pick up woody leather with a salty quality to it. The retro-hale offers almost no flavor with just a slight wood. The finish gives me light leather and black pepper.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. Smoke production is extremely low. On the draw, I pick up some salty grass with chocolate and earth. I cannot give an assessment of the retro-hale due to the low smoke output and tight draw. The finish offers some fruity cedar, hints of caramel, and mild black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the mild-to-medium mark.
The second third closes out at forty-five minutes. I find more salty grass on the finish with toast and roasted almond. There is finally enough smoke to pick up some sweet coffee through the nose. The finish gives me a jump in black pepper with leather and spicy cedar. Both strength and body are up to a steady medium.
The final third ends at an hour and a half. On the draw, I’m treated to cinnamon, cedar, and toast. The retro-hale becomes more complex with spicy leather and black pepper. On the finish, there is more black pepper with dark coffee. Strength and body finish at the medium mark.
The Montecristo No. 1 is a great cigar. Age gives it refined elegance and balance. Though this cigar had a very snug draw during the initial half, the delicious flavors it offered made up for that. Construction is always a gamble with Cuban cigars, but they are made of some of the most unique, flavorful tobacco in the world. This is certainly a cigar I recommend, especially with significant age.