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The darker side of Montecristo.Montecristo Media Noche is the first and only Montecristo currently in production that utilizes a maduro wrapper. This cigar is hand made in the Dominican Republic, and provides a very smooth and deliberate draw while creating a pleasant flavor, medium in body.
Montecristo has become one of the most recognized names in cigars. From its humble beginnings in the early 20th century through today, the brand has exploded into a variety of line extensions in both Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The name itself sets a standard for quality, flavor, and consistency among the top manufacturers in the world.
Media Noche is one of the more recent releases from Montecristo. It features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper and tri-country filler which includes tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. This cigar features both, sweet and spicy flavors, and produces some earthy notes which feel incredibly toasty on the palate. A top-notch choice from a top-notch brand, you should definitely give Media Noche a try!
I much anticipated trying the new Media Noche (Edmundo) from Montecristo. If you're a big Montecristo fan, this should be fair choice. The cigar burned evenly, stayed lit, and had an exceptional aroma. In contrast, the taste was somewhat harsh, but softened up a little towards the last third (definitely the best part). The draw was a little harder than expected from a cigar of this caliber. If you're not a die hard Montecristo fan, for the price an Arturo Fuente Don Carlos will give you a lot more for your money. If you have to have a Montecristo, a Habana 2000 is a much better choice than the Media Noche. Not a bad cigar, but not a great one either.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the Media Noche. I grew up playing golf with my papa and all he smoked was Montecristo's. I bought a few of the churchills and I felt that even though it drew perfectly the falvor was a bit harsh. I love maduro wrapped cigars like the Graycliff 1666 and the Gurkha Beast. I guess the Media Noche hit the tastebuds that didn't appeal to me.
The #3 Media Noche is a nice entry into the maduro arena for Monte; starts well, burns evenly, and stays smooth until the last inch, where it turns slightly harsh. Nice, typical maduro flavors with a hint of sweetness. But the competition from ITC Super Fuerte Maduro and Onyx Reserve put the Monte MN in third place, and for substantially less money.
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This out-of-this-world blend features a three country mix of premium fillers draped in a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Consistent with an impeccable burn and draw, this premium is balanced yet full of complex notes of pepper, progressing into a creaminess accompanied by hints of vanilla and cocoa.
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Edmundo (5.0"x55) This fat robusto has a cool burn that slowly roasts its oily maduro wrapper. Sweet notes of cedar are on the palate with caramel and espresso undertones. Very nice burn.
No. 2 (6.1"x54) This torpedo brings some complexity to the palate with flavors that change over the course of the smoke which include notes of peat, wood and a short sugary finish.
No. 3 (5.5"x44) This corona has the most flavor relative to the other sizes. While the cigar became a bit hot toward the end, it brought complex and balanced flavors to the palate including a sweet coffee aroma that had a moderate finish.
Churchill (7.0"x58) This cigar was a bit difficult to smoke on account of its diameter. Bitter, damp notes of peat with hints of leather were on the palate with some balance issues.