Sunday, January 4, 2009

Montecristo White (Rothchilde)

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Handmade in La Romana, Dominican Republic, The Montecristo White was introduced in 2003. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade, the binder is from Nicaragua, and the filler is from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. There are nine vitolas in this line, with most available in boxes of 27. This review is on the Rothchilde, which measures 52 ring gauge by 5 inches.

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I smoked a handful of these cigars and found that it pays to examine them carefully before buying. If the cigar feels too packed, chances are the draw will be too firm. Try to select a cigar that has some "give" to it and you will be rewarded with a much more pleasurable smoking experience.

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The wrapper on these cigars is a beautiful creamy tan color, mostly vein free, with a neatly done three seam cap. I had no problems with the appearance of the cigar, but the construction can be inconsistent with overpacking being the primary complaint. The aroma of the cigar is pleasant and smells of sweet raisins and cedar.

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The cigar starts off well with a nice sweetness and creaminess that should please those that prefer mild to medium bodied cigars. You also get a slight tartness initially but that fades away eventually leaving you with a woody and peppery smoke, punctuated by notes of dried fruit and nuts. This cigar smokes very smooth right down to the nub.

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The burn characteristics are above average. The burn line was relatively even and sharp looking, as if drawn on by a thin black eye-liner pencil. The ash form was tight and compact and light in color.

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The Montecristo White Rothchilde retails for between $190 to $192 for a box of 27. Based on my experience with smoking this cigar, I would hesitate to buy a box unless I could inspect the contents for "plugged"/overpacked cigars. Maybe Altadis USA was trying to emulate the Cuban's manufacturing inconsistancy with plugged cigars! If so, that would not be a good thing since I'm sure they could afford to invest in a draw testing machine that some smaller companies use with success.

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Overall, I would still recommend this cigar because it has that nice sweetness and creaminess that I favor in a Connecticut shade wrapped cigar. The Nicaraguan tobacco contained in this chubby robusto helps to add strength without being overpowering. The burn characteristics are also aesthetically pleasing with the dark even burn line and white ash going well with the creamy tan colored wrapper. All this makes for one enjoyable smoke.

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