Team Cigar Review: Montecristo FSG Toro

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Cigar Details: Montecristo FSG Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Florida Sun Grown
  • Factory: Plasencia
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $20.00
  • Release Date: October 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 wrapper on the Montecristo FSG Toro is light brown, with some darker marbling and has some decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, both in a brown, gold and white color combination. The primary is the traditional design for the brand while the secondary denotes FSG on the front and Corona Cigar on the sides. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar and hay while the foot brings cedar, hay and earth. The pre-light draw brings a fluffy mix of cedar, orange pith and floral notes along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Finished with a great Colorado wrapper, the Montecristo FSG Toro sports some beautiful coloring with red clay to dark espresso beans. There are small veins present throughout, and the cigar has a leather like texture. Aromas of dry earth, tobacco, warm spices, minerals and seasoned wood.
John: The Montecristo FSG Toro comes in cellophane with a UPC sticker that tears in half when opened. The cigar is double banded with a Montecristo primary band and an FSG Excusive Corona Cigar Co. secondary band. I weighed the cigar at 16.9 grams and the humidity, as measured by a HumidiMeter Pro, was 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included musty, sweet tobacco. From the foot, I was getting musty, dry tobacco.
Jiunn: The Montecristo FSG Toro has an even shade of Colorado. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas consist of pungent barnyard and cedar.

Montecristo FSG Toro

Montecristo FSG Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar up front and some earth and black pepper following. I’m going to use the fluffy descriptor here again as the flavors feel as though they are riding on the smoke in my mouth. At a quarter inch in, some orange pith is teaming up with the earth. At a half inch in, the orange pith is now standing on its own in the middle of the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth, orange pith and mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the toasted cedar, earth and orange pith are all even up front, creating a bit of a dry profile while the black pepper is a bit behind. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and dry earth are even up front, with the orange pith right behind and black pepper a bit further behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some great mineral spice and dry earth notes. There are some seasoned wood and leather notes as well, and the cigar is smoking at a medium level for strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are sweet, mildly dry tobacco. The retrohale consists of mild spices with mild, sweet tobacco. Spices and wood join up on the post draw, and as with the rest of the profile, they’re quite subtle. By a half inch in, a mild, musty tobacco is defining the post draw at light plus. Mild chocolate joins the center of the retrohale as it progresses. Not long after, the musty tobacco from the post draw also joins the center of the retrohale.
Jiunn: The first third has a flavor profile that isn’t really lacking in anything. There’s sweetness, savory and earthiness. Aged cedar, creamy bread, minerals, leather and a subtle dried red pepper spice. Retrohaling amps up the minerals, creating a sharper and spicier version of it. The finish is fairly clean, with lingering aged cedar and leather. Strength and body is medium.

Montecristo FSG Toro

Montecristo FSG Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper is now pretty mellow. At a half inch in, the orange pith has lightened up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and dry earth with orange pith a bit behind and a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter in, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile as the black pepper picks back up. As the third comes to a close, the dry earth is just ahead of the toasted cedar with orange pith and black pepper in the middle of the profile. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third was identical to the first third, but very enjoyable. Mineral spice notes with some leather, dry earth, wood and tobacco qualities. Medium in strength and body. Balanced cigar.
John: Sweet, mild and musty tobacco makes up the retrohale moving into the second third. Mild and dry musty tobacco and wood combine through the post draw. Spices are present on the center of the retrohale as the second third continues, moving up to medium strength. The spice intensity reduces to light levels and the musty tobacco moves up to medium levels by the halfway mark.
Jiunn: The second third shows a less complex flavor profile such that it’s now namely leather and aged cedar. The other notes of minerals and creamy bread are there, but it’s intermittent. Strength and body remains medium.

Montecristo FSG Toro

Montecristo FSG Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper once again becomes pretty mellow. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with light orange pith. At an inch in, the black pepper picks back up to the middle of the profile as the orange pith is now in the background. As the cigar wraps up, the earth is just ahead of the toasted cedar, with black pepper in the middle and orange pith in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is in line with the second. Mineral spice notes a little bit stronger, you can pick up that FSG flavor. Still medium in strength and body to the end.
John: A sweet and musty tobacco at medium minus strength moves into the retrohale as the last third kicks off. Some medium strength earth combines with that musty tobacco through the finish as it moves towards the halfway point. Vegetal at light plus joins the medley through the bottom half as the earth on the post draw moves up to medium-full.
Jiunn: The final third shows no changes from the second third. Still a mixture of leather and aged cedar. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Montecristo FSG Toro

Montecristo FSG Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on nearly through each third.
Seth: Perfect burn.
John: The burn is razor straight with a 1-1/2 inch ash at points. Some unevenness is present through the end of the second third, but no intervention is required.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Montecristo FSG Toro

Montecristo FSG Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw has some minor resistance to it, roughly 2 notches into the resistant spectrum, which still puts it in the very good range for a draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar up front and some earth and black pepper following. Some orange pith joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw the earth take the lead in the profile. The final third saw the orange pith move to the background. Construction was absolutely perfect. The Montecristo FSG Toro had a nice start with a nice combination of flavors and a good delivery. The second third took a step back as the earth took the lead and the black pepper and orange pith mellowed and remained at that level the rest of the way. This was an interesting cigar with how it started, it just couldn’t maintain that level of interest for me. I’m always excited to see how different blends utilize the FSG tobacco, but this one just couldn’t deliver a complete experience. In combination with the high price point, it isn’t something I’d see myself returning to.
Seth: I liked the Montecristo FSG Toro. I found it to be a balanced cigar with an enjoyable flavor profile. A profile to my liking at least. It delivered that FSG quality, but it was not too much with strength. The dry earth and mineral spices were really enjoyable throughout. Definitely a cigar I would come back to in the future.
John: The Montecristo FSG Toro does an engaging job of showcasing Florida Sun Grown tobacco while keeping a medium minus profile that’s quite approachable. The burn was perfect, while the draw was a minor amount into the resistant spectrum. There’s no question I enjoyed the Montecristo FSG Toro, and would likely pick it up again if the opportunity was available. The price point might cause some hesitancy with some smokers as it sits firmly in the premium category. Total smoking time was right in the sweet spot at 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Jiunn: The first third showed the best side of the Montecristo FSG Toro, giving a good mix of all the primary flavors (sweet, earth, savory, spice). Sad to say going into the final two thirds, the profile became less complex and a bit mundane. There is something to say about adding FSG tobacco to the blend though, as it creates a nice softness of flavors, providing fruit and cream. Perhaps add more of it?

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$3.28

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Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.93

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$3.00

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$3.28

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