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Humidor time: 330 days Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was tight. Clipped it with the guillotine and PLD was still tight. Hmmm... (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of earthy tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a note of leather and not much else. This stayed pretty consistent throughout the smoke. Pleasant enough but a bit one-dimensional. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a so-so draw, smoke volume on the thin side, and an even burn to start. Draw and smoke output approached optimal in the first half inch, but never fully got there throughout the smoke. The first ash dropped at 1" with no cone left behind, but I did get a small cone after the 2nd ashing. The burn stayed even throughout. (20/25)
Overall impression: Pretty decent, slow-burning smoke, this one. I'd previously smoked this blend in a couple of other vitolas, so knew what to expect flavor-wise. It's pleasant but nothing special and the tight pack and restricted draw bring it down a few more points. I have a few more and will update this review should they perform any better. (25/35)
I usually am not disappointed with Montecristo cigars, but I was with this one. The Reverence Belicoso was slightly more bitter than I would have liked. The bitterness really overshadowed every other flavor in this smoke. Overall, the flavors and balance just weren't there for me. The cigar was beautifully constructed with a medium-dark wrapper and the nice torpedo shape. The smoke did burn straight and rather slow. Unfortunately, the things that really mattered fell short.
This is pretty good smoke. It's well made, no defects in any respect. Good burn, decent flavor for a cheap quickie. It's not a premium cigar by any means, but isn't crap either.. There's a slight grassiness. While a Cameroon, the experience reminds me of budget natural connecticuts. Firm head to dig your teeth into. Mild, it satisfies the need for some fast nicotine. Perfect for lunch hour.
I got this while i was on travel in Huntsville, AL. It was a bit more than i wanted to pay, but... I hadnt seen this stick in stores anywhere else... so.. had to get it. This was an event only cigar for a while, but was finally put into full production.
I let it rest for about a month in my humidor and finally couldnt resist anymore.
First look at the stick and it is a nice dark short robusto. it has a little pigtail not on the cap and looks perfectly rolled. Cut toast and light went smoothly and first draw had a nice full flavor that was almost like biting into a dark chocolate bar. Great start.
A quarter in and the flavors just keep coming. Slight sweet taste with a light bread flavor. Pepper and chocolate/dark coco still present.
The second half of the stick remained the same, which was fine with me! I also noticed a smokey(funny huh) peppery flavor that was a step above the usual black pepper taste you get with some maduro sticks. I still got around and hour and fifteen minutes out of this stick, I probably smoked it a bit slower due to the small size of the stick.
All in all, I really liked it and it is a a follow on blend from the Wiseman Maduro from Foundation. I would smoke this stick again, if the price was right. But for the money I would go for a Wiseman Maduro. Still this has a few notes that set it apart from the Wiseman Maduro and warrants a try if you are a fan of foundation cigars or like these flavors.
I was about to smoke it, then left it without a wrapper in a high humidity humidor for a week, this cigar is as soft as fresh leaves. That was unfortunate because the head is soft and easily chewed through. Unlike a smaller, drier, firmer vitola of Liga Privada, which I gave 4 1/2 stars to, this one tastes like the kind of maduro I try to avoid. In fact, it's not labeled a maduro. It has that licorice flavor I dislike. Is this the fault of my over-humidifying? Full flavored with reasonably high nicotine. I won't punish it. Tastes like a 3 1/2 but giving it a 4. Wrapper tastes like Mexican San Andres, which I hate. This vitola has been made and reviewed here for at least 11 years. The last review before mine was 5 years ago. Have they changed the formula?
Exceptional smoke! I really enjoyed this cigar the other evening with a few cans of Guinness. The construction was fantastic, the cigar looked and felt great and the pre-light aroma was really inviting. The burn was even and consistent. The flavors were full of light cedar, toasted bread, vanilla and sweet floral hints. This cigar was extremely well-balanced and delicious and I can't wait to have another!
I really love the White Series of Montecristo's and this shape did not disappoint. The cigar was freshly purchased just the day before and was soft to the touch and very inviting. The light was effortless and the burn was straight the entire smoke. The aroma was fairly sweet with notes of vanilla, oak and toasted bread. The flavors were very smooth and delicious. This was one of those cigars that ended way too soon. It's always the great ones that run out quick. My only criticism of this cigar was it got pretty bitter toward the end. That may have been my fault, though, as I was really loving the taste and experience that I probably smoked it too quickly. Montecristo hardly ever disappoints and I'll keep on enjoying them!
Old school looking robusto with a classic, simple "A" band. Wrapper is milk chocolate brown with visible seams and veins that have a little bit of pinching to them. The draw is perfect, producing thick clouds of smoke. Ash is firm and burn line is perfect throughout, never requiring a touch up. This is my third one of these and all have had the exact same burn performance.
Flavor wise this is a very enjoyable profile. Starts out very woody, soon transitioning to a cedar and white pepper profile. Cinnamon is present, along with a little sweetness and straightforward tobacco notes. The second half ramps up with pepper, more black pepper now, heavier oak wood notes, and the sweetness dials down. Never gets harsh, but definitely creamier and smoother towards the first half.
Overall, a great all around smoke that can be enjoyed with just about any beverage and doesn't overwhelm your palate. The finish lingers for a bit but is not ashy or harsh. Really like the core line Aladinos.
Had a strong initial coffee aroma and taste. Middle and end of the smoke it started getting spicier, slightly harsh. Could use more time aging to mellow out the middle and end. Will probably wait a few years to smoke the next one. Flavor 4/5 Construction 5/5 Burn 5/5
Starts off like a 4.5 and finishes like a 3.5. The first half is uber smooth and rich and oily tasting. The second half ramps up in stronger flavors which are still okay but by the end become sour and unpleasant. Optimal construction and burn present throughout the entire smoke.