Montecristo Especiale No. 1 1997
Pre-light – beautiful construction. Colorado shade wrapper. Nice pigtail cap. Firmly packed. Prelight draw demonstrated that this was really well packed, with a slight concern it might be just a tad too tight.
First light – nope. Not too tight. Just right. Initial impressions of aged milk chocolate. Great start.
1st Third – Took time to light the cigar with torch. Not burning the end like most do. Keeping end of cigar just outside of flame and slowly toast the entire end. When I take the time to do this, the burn is usually razor sharp. That was the case here too. Body is mild to medium, as may be expected with a skinny over 20 years old. This cigar reminds me that you don’t always need a fat cigar to have good flavor and a good smoking experience. I’m getting nutmeg and a less intense nutty flavor – like cashew. I’m drinking this with morning coffee – with sugar and cream – so that may influence some of the taste.
2d Third – Predominantly vintage leather, nutmeg, and almond milk.
Final Third- Nicotine hitting hard. Despite a medium-body, hits like a full body smoke. Not too much further development. Leather. Dry spice. Not peppery; more herbal.
Summary – not very complicated. Just a pleasant vintage smoke. 91-92/100.