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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
88
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 Eagle Rare Single Barrel and Glass of Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

The Wrapper has a slightly oily sheen with small veins, nothing too prominent.  Not too firm, not too soft.  Smells a little sweet with a hint of spice.  It cut well with the guillotine with a sweet and easy cold draw.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

I used a single jet torch to toast the foot, and it lit like a champ.  The ash was solid, holding through the first 3rd and was a mix between dark grey and light grey.  Medium smoke output while resting with a thin straight burn line.  The line did wave a little bit a couple of times, but nothing major.  When the ash did fall, there was a nice cone burning.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This is a very well rolled cigar with a smooth and easy draw and a near seamless wrapper.  There was a very small blemish near the foot and a couple of glue spots near both of the bands.  The cap was sturdy from the cut to the nub.

Flavor: 27 Points of 35 Possible

This started off woody with a touch of pepper.  I expected the pepper to really take hold, but I was wreong.

First third - Earthy wood with that little bit of pepper to start, then the pepper faded away and the earth took over.

Second third - Earth was the main attraction through most of the second portion until the end where I picked up some coffee on the retrohale.

Final third - Wood came back for an encore.  Up until this point the wood flavors were pretty generic, but at the end Oak came to mind.  The finish was a peppery oak.

A solid medium for me with good flavors, but nothing that really stood out for me and stole the show.

Summary

Thanks Kent!  Overall this is a good solid medium stick.  Great construction with some good flavors, and it went well with the Eagle Rare.  I enjoyed this cigar, but I'm not sure if its worth the price...  Quick glance shows this just under $15.  I can see myself picking some up with a deal though.

Thanks to Pete for keeping up with the GC's and thanks again to Kent for letting me participate!



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