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Review of Montesino Maduro Robusto Cigar

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Montesino Maduro Robusto Cigar

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The Montesino cigars are produced by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia and were one of the first brands to be made back in 1980 when Carlos Fuente Sr. and his son Carlos Jr. opened their factory in the Dominican Republic. The Robusto comes in two wrappers, a Connecticut Shade Natural and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. The rest of the cigar is all Dominican tobacco. The size is of course a Robusto, with a length of 5” and a ring guage of 50.

Flavor and Aroma

This is a nice flavorful and aromatic smoke and another one which made my wife’s list of ‘they are okay to smoke around the house’ cigars. The Maduro has a mild to medium flavor and goes well with a strong dark roast coffee. I don’t usually put anything in my coffee but with this Montesino Robusto Maduro I decided to add a splash of chocolate flavoring and some sweetener. It really complimented the coffee flavors of the cigars. About 1” into the smoke some herbal over tones crept in along with the aroma of fresh toast. At the mid-point of the cigar a slight peppery flavor will be in the background but very subtle. All of the flavors and aromas remained through out the rest of the cigar.

Draw and Construction

The Montesino is a well made cigar and very similar to the Macanudo Hyde Park. I used my trusty cigar punch and pulled out a nice 1/16” plug. You could see that this was a nice wrapper and binder. The draw is a little tight but good enough and the burn was even. The cigar gave off a nice steel blue smoke. At 2” the ash fell off however this was after nearly 35 minutes of smoking. This is a very slow burning cigar. I pushed the limits on this one as I had done so many times in Kabul while on active duty. I thought that as long as the cigar stayed cool, both to my fingers and my mouth I would keep smoking it. I finally stopped smoking this one when it got down to ½”. Please don’t try this or you might burn yourself. I just did it as an experiment to see how long the flavor would last and the cigar held up well to the test. As I mentioned about this is a very slow burning cigar. When I did reluctantly put the cigar down it was after a very enjoyable 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Value

Yes, a good value. This is a nice premium cigar but not for a big premium price. The cigars come in boxes of 25 for around $60 ($2.40/stick) and can be purchased as singles for a little over $3.00. If you would like to learn more about the Fuente Family and their long history of cigar making, visit their website at www.cigarfamily.com.
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