Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

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Cigar Details: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

  • Vitola: Torpedo
  • Length: 6.12″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: San Lotano
  • Blender: Rafael Nodal, AJ Fernandez and Grupo de Maestros
  • Price: $16.43
  • Release Date: November 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The box pressed Torpedo has a dark brown wrapper with a lighter color around some of the well pressed veins. The seams are very smooth and the tapered head is expertly finished. The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 band is gold and black and carries the brand logo and the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of earth, cocoa powder and light spice. The foot brings sweet wood, earth and a healthy dose of crushed red pepper that coaxes a few sneezes. The pre-light draw brings sweet cedar, light earth and a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 is absolutely amazing in appearance. The wrapper sports this lovely dark chocolate coloring, solid maduro, and the wrapper has tooth and medium sized veins. Firmly pressed, the cigar is well constructed throughout and I am picking up aromas of rich earth, chocolate, dark spices and tobacco.
John: The pre-light experience for the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 included a firmly box press to the torpedo vitola format. The UPC sticker came off in an intact piece with the cellophane. I was able to pick out aromas of dark, chewy dates and cedar from the wrapper. Sweet wood and raisin were present from the foot.
Jiunn: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 has a pale Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and torpedo head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give mainly cedar. Aromas from the foot tell stale bread and white pepper. Cold draw reveals cedar and hay.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a combination of wood, potent baking spice and light cocoa powder. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice has mellowed a fair amount and a light mustiness has joined in. At a half inch in, the cocoa powder has departed. The retrohale consists of musty wood and light baking spice. At an inch and a quarter, the wood, baking spice and mustiness are all even. As the third comes to a close, some earthiness joins the profile. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third begins by delivering some nice, rich earth and dark spice notes. There are some tobacco qualities present as well and I am picking up some wood notes on top of that. Bits of red and black pepper are present also. Medium-full in body and strength thus far.
John: My first few puffs brought a flavor medley of sweet, creamy baking spices, with the baking spices trailing into the post draw, lingering long on the palate. The retrohale has an intense pepper which I would rate at medium-full to full in strength. The pepper becomes so intense at one point that my tongue was stinging. As the cigar progresses, a malty sweetness settles into the center of the profile, resulting in significant salivation. By the 10 minute mark, the pepper has backed off in strength to just over medium. As the cigar progresses, rich chocolate joins the retrohale mixing well with the pepper and spices. Some earth joins the post draw some time later.
Jiunn: The first third has a decently complex profile. Naturally sweet Hawaiian bread, barnyard, herbal tea and baking spices. On the retrohale, there’s a ton of nasal clearing white pepper and a nice roasted nuttiness. The finish is a mixture of baking spices and dirt. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the wood and earth are even up front with the mustiness and baking spice a bit behind. At a half inch in, the baking spice has mellowed a bit. At an inch in, the overall profile has become a bit dry and the baking spice has departed. The retrohale is musty wood and dry earth. At an inch and a half in, slight hints of cocoa powder are detectable on each draw. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third begins by delivering those dark spice notes with red and black pepper notes from before. I am picking up those rich earth, wood and tobacco notes from before as well. Like the first third, medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third starts things off with a creamy sweetness with pepper and earth finishing the draw, carrying well into the post draw. As it settles in, malty sweetness returns to the center of the cigar. Sweet citrus joins the center as the second progresses. By the halfway point, pepper sits on my tongue tip through the post draw at medium strength. In the bottom half, the pepper intensifies back up to medium-full on the post draw. Mild chocolate is present on the retrohale.
Jiunn: The second third is for the most part, a continuation of the first third. Still naturally sweet Hawaiian bread, barnyard, herbal tea and baking spices. The only difference is, the finish creates a drying effect, but with the same flavors of baking spices and dirt.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Final Third

Aaron: The final third continues with the wood and dry earth upfront and some mustiness a bit behind. At a quarter inch in, the wood gains some char. At a half inch in, the char is pretty heavy. The retrohale remains musty wood and dry earth. The cigar wraps up with the heavily charred wood and dry earth. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.
Seth: The final third is identical to that of the second third and I am picking up those rich earth, dark spice, black pepper, red pepper, tobacco and wood notes. It is remaining around medium-full and has a nice easy finish.
John: Creamy citrus moves the cigar into the last third, with a sharp pepper and light earth on the post draw. Bread joins the retrohale as the last third settles in. The post draw earth moves up to medium strength as it continues.
Jiunn: The final third’s profile deteriorates. A lot of the characteristics of the first two thirds is lost, leaving me with primarily dirt and baking spices. Strength and body finishes medium.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Burn

Aaron: The burn was slightly wavy at times. In the second third, the cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Burn was very good throughout. It was never perfect, but near perfect. Well constructed cigar.
John: The burn was straight through the first third with ash holding up to 1-1/2 inches. The burn was wavy at times in the second third, eventually requiring a touch-up. No issues through the final third.
Jiunn: Burn performance was top notch. Even burn, cool burning temperature, tight ashes and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Very good draw present throughout. Nice level of resistance and give from start to finish.
John: The draw was flawless, right in the ideal zone between resistant and open.
Jiunn: The draw was also perfect, striking the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar had an interesting start for the first half inch, but then became fairly average, focused around wood, earth and mustiness. The final third dropped down a bit as some char joined in and built up. Overall, the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 hit me as a fairly average experience and typical of what I find from brand collaborations with AJ Fernandez. As this is celebrating an anniversary, I was expecting a bit more. Along with a high price point, I find it a bit difficult seeing myself returning to this cigar.
Seth: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 was a disappointment for me, and was a disappointment in many ways. To begin with, I think it was a poor representation of a Nicaraguan puro. Too many people are trying to make Nicaraguan puros and when they release them they do not focus on the entire country and the tobacco the country grows. I don’t think making a cigar that just delivers earth and pepper profiles to be a representation of Montecristo or Nicaragua. They should have just called this cigar Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Esteli and been half wrong with the title. The cigar lacked depth and complexity. It was one dimensional from beginning to end. In that sense, it was simply a disappointment as a cigar. Not just a Montecristo or an Anniversary release. With that, the cigar seemed to be more focused on smoking like a Padron rather than a Montecristo (They failed at making it smoke like a Padron in case you were wondering). I know that Altadis has done so much with the Montecristo brand that it is hard to identify the roots of what is Montecristo, but this is not it. Altadis needs to stop releasing so many offerings of the Montecristo brand. Maybe I am a purist when it comes to particular brands like Montecristo, but when you attempt to accommodate to all and make a Montecristo for everyone, you make a Montecristo for no one. If you really want to honor Montecristo’s 85 years, buy the Habanos offering.
John: The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 delivered consistent flavor balance and complexity that I would expect from an anniversary type release. The draw was perfect, and the burn was very good with a single touch-up required. I would happily smoking another 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 at the next opportunity, as it was an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 14 minutes.
Jiunn: Typically, based on smoking experience, when I see another non-Cuban Montecristo, I assume an average experience. My assumption basically made an ass out of myself. The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 was far from average, being quite complex with sweet Hawaiian bread, barnyard, herbal tea and baking spices for most of the smoking time (last third lost steam). I’ll happily smoke more of these.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.95

Cost/Point

$3.32

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.99

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John McTavish

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$2.32

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.41

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Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2
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