Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

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Cigar Details: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

  • Vitola: Torpedo
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez
  • Price: $24.78
  • Release Date: July 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The box pressed Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 has a matte milk chocolate brown wrapper with very well pressed veins and a fine tooth. The seams are smooth and the tapered head is very well finished. There are two bands, both with a brown and gold color combination. The primary denotes the brand and line, while the secondary denotes the sub-line and has a holographic diamond on it. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood and earth while the foot brings cedar, smokiness and a decent level of spice. The pre-light draw is cedar, floral notes and a light dusty earth.
Seth: You can’t have a huge vein running right under the front band of the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2. I know it’s not a big deal overall, but that kills presentation. Natural to Colorado in coloring, small to large sized veins visible, the cigar has a leather like texture. Aromas of rich earth, stone fruit, spices, coffee, tobacco and rich earth.
John: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear tab to remain intact when opened. There are two bands, with the primary Montecristo 1935 Anniversary and then a secondary band of Edición Diamante underneath. For artisanal complications, the cigar has a soft box pressed shape. I weighed the cigar at 17.6 grams, and the humidity as measured with the HumidiMeter Pro was 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included a rich tobacco and faint barnyard. From the foot, I was getting milder tobacco and sweet hay.
Jiunn: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 has a near Colorado maduro wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the tapered head is well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of five spice and cedar. Aromas from the foot give rich nuttiness and spicy cedar. Cold draw provides airy cedar and hay.

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and baking spice. At a half inch in, a light mushroom mustiness joins in. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy baking spice. At an inch in, a light creaminess becomes present. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with baking spice in the middle, mustiness just a bit behind that and creaminess in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: I thought the first third started out a little too dry and was heavy on spices. Some leather, earth and wood notes, but lots of leather and pepper spices. Some sweetness, but faint. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions in the first third were sweet tobacco with mild sweet spices to follow into the post draw. Mild earth joins the post draw after just a few puffs. The profile settles in and I’d define the strength and body just over light-plus. Some mildly dry wood comes into the post draw as the first third progresses.
Jiunn: The first third starts with funky barnyard, cocoa, baking spices and subtle dried nuts sweetness. Retrohaling ramps up the minerals and introduces dried red pepper spice. The finish shows lingering cocoa. Strength and body is medium.

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the mustiness is now even with the baking spice in the middle of the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile. At an inch in, the creaminess has departed. The retrohale is now earth and toasted cedar with a baking spice finish. At an inch and a quarter, the baking spice has transitioned to black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the earth has a slight lead over the toasted cedar while the black pepper and mustiness remain even in the middle. The strength has bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third continues with those dry wood, leather, earth and pepper spice notes. Little sweetness present in this third. Lots of dry earth. Medium-full to full in strength and body.
John: Baking spices start the second third with a center of tobacco and then spicy wood into the post draw. The profile becomes wood forward approaching the halfway point, with medium baking spices to follow. Some chocolate is occasionally present in the middle of the profile in the bottom half. Earth joins the finish during the transition into the last third.
Jiunn: The second third has a couple minor transitions. The cocoa is now showing a slight bitterness, making it more of a baker’s chocolate. The barnyard is gone but the dried roasted nuts and minerals pick up the pace. All this means that the flavor profile is still good and engaging. Strength and body remains medium.

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the mustiness picks up a bit. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is now just toasted cedar and earth. At an inch and a half in, the mustiness is now even up front with the toasted cedar and earth. As the cigar comes to a close, the toasted cedar, earth and mustiness are all even up front with the black pepper a fair distance behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is a continuation of the second. Dry wood, leather, earth and pepper spice notes. Little sweetness present in this third. Lots of dry earth and minerals on the finish. Medium-full to full in strength and body.
John: Tannic woods leads off as earth combines with wood into the finish. Some sweet wood and tobacco is present on retrohale with tannic, slightly bitter wood into the post draw. There is no further evolution in the last third.
Jiunn: The final third shows a bit too much of a bitter chocolate note and at the same time loses out on some sweetness. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Burn

Aaron: The burn was slightly wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Burn was poor in the first third, but improved in the second and final thirds.
John: The burn had mild waviness to start, evening itself out in the first third. Burn was fairly straight for the remainder of the review with the ash holding on up to one inch increments.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very good draw from start to finish.
John: The draw had some resistant to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and baking spice. Some mushroom mustiness joined in fairly quickly. A light creaminess joined in a bit later. The second third saw the creaminess depart and the baking spice transitioned to black pepper. The final third saw the mustiness join the group of components at the front of the profile. The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 had an average flavor profile throughout. There were a few flavor transitions, but mostly transitions in fullness for the components. This was a bit of a step up over the original 1935 release as the cigar finished better, but still not a cigar I’d see myself returning to as the flavor profile just didn’t do it for me and the price doesn’t warrant the experience.
Seth: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 just came off as being too dry, spicy and strong in strength and body. There was a lack of balance and overall complexity with the cigar. Very little transitioning and the flavor profile was not strong enough to carry the cigar from beginning to end. With poor construction in the first third as well, I don’t think I would have continued to smoke it if we were not reviewing. Montecristo just seems lost compared to old releases.
John: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 started out promising in the first third, with a surprisingly subdued profile, but as the cigar progressed into the second third, the flavors became quite linear and while still pleasant didn’t engage me for the remainder of the review. The burn was fairly flawless, with some resistance to the the draw. I’ve had some Montecristo 1935 releases in the past that were quite good, but the Edición Diamante No. 2 didn’t stand out for me, it’s not something I could see myself returning to. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Jiunn: Not gonna lie, I was ready to type about how this is the same AJ chef and therefore the same story as per usual. But I am wrong. Very wrong. This Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2 was delicious, capturing not just AJ earthiness, but it was much more than that, delivering great notes of chocolate, minerals and sweetness. Very pricey indeed, but definitely worth trying.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$4.39

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$4.59

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$4.27

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$3.64

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Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Edición Diamante No. 2

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