As part of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration, JR Cigar is paying homage to the most iconic cigar brand in the industry with the release of the Montecristo Cincuenta JR 50th offered in the Torpedo vitola.
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.
The Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 is an embodiment of the Montecristo brand vision of rising above the ordinary. Everything about the Epic Vintage 12 is hand selected including the hands that roll and pack these treasures. Every 10-count box includes a certificate proudly signed by an elite group of rollers from the renowned Tabacalera de Garcia factory in La Romana, Dominican Republic
The famed Grupo of Maestros, Rafael Nodal and awarding-winning tobacco powerhouse AJ Fernandez have worked together to find a precise and exquisite proprietary blend of aged tobaccos that will pay homage to the original tobaccos used in the first Montecristo cigar.
Pour 'n Tell adds a pairing component as we are joined by Bruce Russell of Russell’s Reserve/Wild Turkey Distillery, Rafael Nodal and Tim Person from Altadis U.S.A. along with Jeff Borysiewicz from Corona Cigar Company. We will be pairing the Corona Cigar Single Barrel Russell’s Reserve Bourbon and Montecristo.
Like a lot of releases from 2019, the Montecristo Espada Oscuro Guard started out really well and slowly went downhill. A solid Montecristo, nothing to write home about, but a nice addition to a brand that already has way too many releases.
Handcrafted in Honduras at the Flor de Copan factory, this cigar was blended by the Grupo de Maestros of Altadis U.S.A., who have more than 250 years of combined experience in making great cigars. Some of the tobaccos used in this cigar have been aged up to 10 years. It is crafted with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and all Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic filler.
The Montecristo Cincuenta Toro was a really nice cigar to celebrate 50 years. I thought the flavor profile was enjoyable and I loved the transitioning that took place. It had depth as well and this is what I look for in a cigar. The only thing going against this cigar is the price, but it is a limited release and comes in an amazing humidor so that is understandable.
Like the original Montecristo Espada, the Montecristo Espada Oscuro is a Nicaraguan Puro. However, in addition to the excellent Nicaraguan tobaccos used for the binder and filler it also includes an extremely rare and well-aged Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper.