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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: shakinghorizons
13
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 A&W Root Beer

Pre-Light: 1 Points of 20 Possible

Pre-draw: Hint of spice on the tip and sides of the tongue, with a hint of sweetness. The draw was VERY tight.

Cigar was hard/firm to the touch, which I assume was the reason for the tight draw. I am hoping once it is lit, it will ease up - if not, I'm reaching for my draw tool.

Light & Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

Upon lighting, the spice received on the pre-draw was there in full force, still with a slight sweetness in the background. The draw has tightened up even more, might have to stab it with a draw tool.

Construction: 1 Points of 30 Possible

About 5 minutes in to the cigar, a crack developed throughout the cigar, causing the burn to run down the crack. After an additional 5 minutes the cigar pretty much just exploded. The draw was coming from the crack in the cigar, which actually helped draw, but ultimately met its demise.

Flavor: 2 Points of 35 Possible

Flavor and aroma were great for 5 minutes, prior to the cigar exploding and rendering it useless.

I cannot post this review until I add more information, but unfortunately I have no information as it only lasted 5 minutes (TWSS)!

Summary

Kent offered to send me a replacement, but after seeing the retail price of these, I turned the offer down. The pre-draw and first 5 minutes were great (aside from the draw), but unfortunately, after exploding, the cigar left a bad taste in my mouth (literally).



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