The hype – “As one of the most famous brands in the world, this Dominican version of the Montecristo has a golden Connecticut wrapper that encases a medium bodied blend of premium Dominican long filler tobaccos. In old Cuba, it was common place for cigar rollers to be entertained with the reading from stories and books to break up what was typically a long day. One such story that was a favorite among the factory workers was the tale of the Count of Montecristo. Legend has it, that the reading of this story is what paved the way for the Montecristo brand. Relatively speaking, Montecristo is a newer brand, making its start in Cuba in 1935. The Dominican version debuted in the United States in 1995, during the peak of the cigar boom. They are medium bodied with a moderate finish. As one of the most recognizable names in cigars, this newer Dominican version lives up the prestigious reputation, combining an enticing aroma with flawless construction. This cigar is an icon in the cigar industry. Also available is Montecristo’s Habana 2000 (H2000) cigar. The wrapper used in the H2000 was produced by blending Cuban Corojo and Connecticut shade tobacco seeds. Grown in Nicaragua, the cigars have a medium body with spicy and earthy undertones.”
The review – “Beautifully packaged in its yellow wrapper, this 5×40 corona is very inviting. This vitola behaved more like a maduro than a classic shade conneticut; prelight aroma was chocolate and leather. The light was easy and drew effortlessly producing delightful gray smoke that had a lingering leather/spice scent. This is definitely a strong little cigar, with a tingle that dances in the mouth. Smoking time ran about 70 minutes and the ash was dark gray, holding together very well to about an inch consistently. I need to get a box of these for special occasions.