Size: 5.3″ x 52
Age: 2.5 Years
Price: $15 CAD
If you watched my review of the ROMEO by RYJ on YouTube you would have seen my pseudo-rant about cigar reviews out there that fail to mention the age of the cigar that they are reviewing. Just like other luxury’s like wine, cheese and scotch; the age is a large variable that determines the flavour. Two identical cigars which are aged for different periods can have a totally different level of strength, body and of course, nuances!
That being said, from now on all of my reviews will have the additional criterion of ‘age’. I will also review the same cigars at different points in their aging cycles to see exactly how each of them changes. I hope that this method of reviewing cigars will be of some marginal benefit to you. Please let me know what you think of this additional variable in the comment section below.
Now, lets get back to the focus of this post. I have had a full box of these delicious looking Monty’s in my humidor for the past two and a half years. Until this moment I have yet to taste them and this is where the first problem lies. I wish that I had tried one when I first got the box to see how the flavours have changed over the past few years, but alas, I have not 🙁 Nonetheless, it is better late then never. I took one of the creamy looking sticks and noticed the smooth, almost buttery smooth wrapper which was very oily; this was indicative of the obvious signs of aging. I removed the cap with my table cutter and took a test puff and I was welcomed with a open draw with only the slightest bit of resistance. I toasted the foot with my butane torch and took my first puff. Notes of cedar and sweet white pepper dominated the ambient smoke and the finish. The taste and aromas were indicative of a Habanos, and it was delectable!
First Third (1/3) – 20 min
This third was comprised mainly of those flavours and aromas that I described above in the first light. The taste of cedar was very creamy, but it did not coat my mouth in any oily slickness or milky texture. The cigar was mellow, yet dry, and was a nice change to the younger Cuban cigars that I have recently smoked. Notes of aged tobacco and cashews started to make their way to the finish and eventually, as I moved onto the second third, they became more prevalent in the flavour profile.
Second Third (2/3) – 25 min
The notes of cedar started to diminish, but the taste of cashews and aged tobacco remained in the finish. The taste of port which I find to be a common feature among the Cuban stock made its debut, but it was not an enduring flavour. Interesting enough the strength of the cigar picked up despite the mild to medium body profile. The rush was not overwhelming by any means, but it was definitely noticeable. The third ended with notes of nutmeg and all-spice on the finish with a slight vanilla flavour.
Final Third (3/3) – 20 min
The flavour of port was definitely gone by this third and a profile which was mostly made of notes of burnt wood, cinnamon and butterscotch was in the forefront. As the cigar slowly burnt down to the nub the flavours started to intensify, as did the smoke output. The cigar smoked down to about half an inch before I could feel the heat, at which point I decided to finally end it.
Total Smoke Time: 1h 5min
The cigar produced a beautiful amount of smoke and provided me with a nice array of flavours and transitions that kept my mind active in trying to distinguish them. The stick was overall balanced beautifully and although I do not like strength, it nonetheless remain stable which I was pleased of. Given the great flavours, remarkable craftsmanship, draw and smoke output I give this cigar on The Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.