This week’s group cigar review is of the Montecristo Espada. It has a nice looking wrapper leaf (once you remove all those bands) and a cedar smell. Great draw after using a cutter. Once lit up, this one has a roasted nuts flavor with a mix of sweet and spicy flavors. In the final third it got much richer and full bodied while it transitioned to a coffee flavor. We both had some construction issues, albeit minor ones. Still surprising for a Montecristo. Overall, we really liked the flavor combination on this one and enjoyed it. This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro and it shows in the strength department, watch out. We liked it, but recommend trying one before committing to a box.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
StraightUpCigars: I’m getting a really strong cedar smell from the wrapper and the draw is perfect after cutting. I like the excessive, but tasteful, bands.
Terry1: Yeah lots of bands. Foot band slid off easily. The middle paper band was a little more difficult to remove. Nice looking chestnut brown wrapper hiding under the bands. Looks oily and agree with the cedar smell.
StraightUpCigars: Lighting up!
Terry1: Lighting up.
StraightUpCigars: Very nutty and creamy mild start. A hint of spice lingers b/n puffs. I like this flavor.
Terry1: Very aromatic to start. There’s a mild sweetness, nuts, some spice. Nice start. My only issue is the draw immediately tightened up.
StraightUpCigars: This cigar is strangely constructed, it’s very malleable. I can squish it almost flat in the middle.
Terry1: I noticed that when I clipped the cap. It was more of a pinch than a cut. I’m surprised with the tight draw I have. It’s almost unsmokeable now. Time to do some poking.
StraightUpCigars: My draw feels normal, but this one does seem to smoking slow and not producing a ton of smoke.
Terry1: Got the drill bit in a couple of inches. That helped but it’s still tighter than I like. I am getting enough smoke to enjoy the cigar. Last few puffs had a lot of pepper.
StraightUpCigars: Pepper is coming in on mine too. It also has a really dark ash.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is really increasing in body, not the mild smoke we started with.
Terry1: The Montecristo Espada is new to me so I just read the CI write up. Interesting it’s a Nicaraguan puro. I wouldn’t have guessed it with how it started. I agree the body is building. Nice flavors right now.
StraightUpCigars: I just got finished reading that myself. Made by Plasencia.
Terry1: On the expensive side as well but I expected a ten dollar price with Montecristo.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, pretty pricey, but I like where the flavor is headed on this one.
Terry1: Wrapper split about a half inch above the burn line. What’s strange is it split around half the cigar instead of up one side. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen before. Hasn’t changed the smoke or flavor.
StraightUpCigars: That’s strange, hopefully it burns through it,
Terry1: I’m thinking there’s some power in this cigar. Not even through the first third and I can feel it already. The pepper eased back and now there’s a nice sweet and spicy flavor I like.
StraightUpCigars: I think so too. I think that Nicaraguan tobacco is starting to shine through.
Terry1: Draw is getting better too, almost perfect now. I must have burned through whatever twist was causing the tight draw.
StraightUpCigars: I am getting some tangy sweetness too. Real good stick so far in the flavor department.
Terry1: Burned through the crack. Didn’t look too good, lots of jagged pieces but the burn didn’t waver. Getting some nice roasted nuts flavors now with the sweetness and spice. Very good.
StraightUpCigars: We have had some duds, but overall I’d have to say these big name companies are stepping up their game.
StraightUpCigars: My first ash held on real well, but it’s been dropping off easy since then. Watch out
Terry1: Wow I’m thinking I might not make. I’m really feeling the strength and I just crossed the halfway mark.
StraightUpCigars: I’m a little past that point, but not much. This one does have some kick. I’m afraid to stand up
StraightUpCigars: Let me know when you’re ready to call it.
Terry1: I just switched from water to a Coke. I’m hoping I can get ahead of this and finish the cigar.
StraightUpCigars: I’m drinking some sweet mead tonight, so that’s got to be helping me.
Terry1: Popped off the main band. No issues there. Nice flavors right now. Burn still behaving.
StraightUpCigars: Getting richer a fuller bodied still. Some coffee flavor now.
StraightUpCigars: Fun and gradual transition from a very mild start to this full bodied ending.
Terry1: Yeah I liked the transition too. Lots of flavors now.
Terry1: Getting that coffee note you mentioned.
StraightUpCigars: Nice. I like the way this is ending. I can rate whenever you’d like, I’m confident with my ratings at this point.
Terry1: Yeah I can rate it now. Only about a half inch left. Coke helped with the strength. I’m wondering if a long rest in the humi would mellow it out some.
StraightUpCigars: I think it would, and I also think this tobacco is a little young hence the sponginess.
Terry1: Good point.
StraightUpCigars: Montecristo really upped the ante with this one. Great flavor, construction good enough. The price is high, but I think it’s worth it for this one. I’d love to re-try after a year of aging.
Terry1: Agee good cigar. I’d like to buy a few more and let them rest for a while and see if it mellows the strength. The flavors are strong so I think it could handle the rest. Worth trying if you like strong cigars and it’s not your typical Montecristo.
Terry1: Thanks for the cigar. I don’t smoke too many Montes because of the price but I agree this one is worth the purchase.
StraightUpCigars: Big thanks to Montecristo for this sample. Hope Altadis continues to break the mold and come out with new stuff.