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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: McBryde
83
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member 05Venturer (Kent).  The cigar provided for this round is the Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez Toro.

The Specs:
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

The Hype:
Montecristo. Groupo de Maestros. Though it may sound like an off-beat Spanish boy band, the Groupo de Maestros is the name of the blending geniuses behind many of Montecristo’s best blends. Combining for hundreds of years of tobacco experience, the Groupo de Maestros are more than capable of delivering a mind-alteringly good blend, and the Cuban-esque Pilotico really drives that point home.

Handmade in Nicaragua, the Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez honors a man who changed the world of tobacco twice-over. You may have not heard his name, but Pepe Mendez is responsible for getting better consistency and cleaner flavors out of tobacco for years. An Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper brings around leather, caramel, and walnut. While it does come with a high-price tag, Pilotico Pepe Mendez is one of the best releases this year, and I highly recommend you grab some for a special occasion.


Length:
6.2
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Sweet Tea

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

Picking this cigar up, it had a lightly oily sheen to it and had one small vein. The cap was perfect, and cut nicely. The cigar was average weight in the hand, and had no really hard or soft spots to it. It had a chocolate tobacco spell to it pre light. It had a spicy chocolate flavor to it on the pre light draw.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar burned razor sharply all the way down with not a touch up one ever considered. The ash was a medium dark grey and held on for the first inch and a half. The burn rate was just right for the cigar. There was quite a bit of smoke, and it had a yellow color to it.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

It was not packed too tightly to have a tight draw, but not too loose either. The draw was perfect. The wrapper had a lightly oily sheen to it, but not really oily. The cap was perfect, and was not loose, and clipped nicely.

Flavor: 18 Points of 35 Possible

I would rate this cigar as a mild medium cigar. Other than the first 5 draws off of it, it had no spice to it.

Pre-light, the cigar had a spicy chocolate flavor to it.

The first 1/3 of the cigar had a spice to it the first 5 draws or so, and was followed by a twangy tobacco leather flavor.

The second 1/3 had no spice to it, and kept the leather and had picked up some walnut flavors to it.

The final 1/3 was just like the second 1/3. No change at all. It was a pretty one dimensional smoke for the most part.

The cigar was not near as smooth as most Montecristos that you smoke. At the beginning, it had a bitter twangy flavor of tobacco. It did not have much complexity to it either.

Summary

In summary, the cigar was not your normal Montecristo that is smooth and mild. It is a stronger cigar, and not as refined of a smoke it seems. It is definitely not complex at all. The construction is what was impeccable with this cigar, as well as most Montecristos I have smoked. Is it worth the MSRP, definitely not, but if you find it on sale cheap, pick a 5-er up to try them.



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