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By dpalileo · March 14, 2012 · 2 Comments Featured Cigar Reviews · Tagged: cigar, featured, Monte Pascoal, review, robusto
I mentioned in my previous post that Ed Ryan gave me a few cigars to try out last week. Aside from the El primer Mundo cigars, he also added a few Monte Pascoal sticks in the mix. I must admit, I don’t know much about Monte Pascoal, so that became a quick topic of our conversation. According to Ed, Monte Pascoal is basically a Brazilian puro–its wrapper, binder and filler tobaccos are all grown in Brazil.
• • • • • • Cigar size: 4 7/8 x 50 Origin: Brazil Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina & Mata Norte blend Price: $7.00 through local cigar shops; $6.60 online
With a wrapper that has a few veins, the Monte Pascoal basically shows off a slightly rustic appearance. The wrapper is toothy and has a powdery, sandpaper-like feel albeit lacking that oily sheen that I’m used to seeing on most cigars. It’s well constructed with near-invisible seams and a hefty feel, but I’ve noticed a few soft spots on the body that may impact its burn. What’s amazing about this cigar isn’t how it looks but how it smells. The foot has this surprisingly delightful milk chocolate scent that’s intoxicating, while the body has a pungent tobacco aroma. The cigar’s perfect draw also carries a very faint hint of the chocolate scent from the foot.
The first third comes off with a flavor combination of wood, earth and coffee with an ample serving of spice on a long finish. There’s also an element of nuts tossed into the mix. However, while the flavor delivery is smooth and there’s a degree of complexity to the flavors themselves, the experience can be a bit too bold at least during the first third. Let’s see if it changes around the next third of the stick. The second third shows off the cigar’s more sophisticated side. Gone are the harsh flavors, and what’s left is the coffee and wood flavor base with a bit of a leathery aftertaste. There’s also an element of sweetness that mixes with the leather notes in the finish. The last third doesn’t offer much in terms of flavor change, but the entire flavor profile is syrupy and more dense, with wood becoming the focal point of the experience. The spicy note also makes a comeback at around the middle part of the last third. All in all, a great smoking experience with a medium body and medium strength.
Jagged but still fairly even is probably the best description of the burn line during the first third of the cigar. However it eventually evens out around the start of the second half of the stick. Thankfully, it never gave any problems whatsoever throughout the entire time. The cigar’s smoke was also delightfully pleasant, with a thick profile that can probably be the envy of a few cigars I know. The ash was firm and tight and didn’t present that flaky, bulky appearance that I usually see on a lot of cigars that I’ve smoked over the past few weeks.
There really isn’t anything to not like with the Monte Pascoal. Its flavors are delicious and offers a lot of complexity and dimension, its burn profile is also very good, and of course, the price is right in that sweet spot where it offers a lot in terms of value. I’ll be buying more, and they’ll be staying in the fourth drawer of my humidor.