Like the burn, the draw was great from beginning to end. It produced a great bit of smoke and it was not too loose or tight. As I said earlier, it was a well rolled cigar.
When the final third of a cigar has a poor finish it is hard to look back on the overall experience being enjoyable. If you have a poor or slow start, it will affect the overall rating, but having a poor finish in my opinion is worse. I am not sure if age is going to improve this experience and to be honest, I would not invest the time in aging these to see if they do improve. I just don’t see the aging of this cigar taking it to a whole new level. That goes for each third. I remember the original Montecristo Epic, that was a really good cigar and the same goes for the Epic No. 2. It is sad to see the line/brand go down this road and I really wish they had made this in the Dominican Republic like they did in the past. I liked when the blends were composed of tobacco from multiple countries rather than try and make a puro. They could have done that with this cigar being made at Plasencia, why they didn’t I don’t know, but it seems like this was not blended by the Grupo de Maestros as the past blends were.