Subtle nuances of a vintage 2008, aged Connecticut Shade wrapper married to a sensual blend of hand-selected binder, and fillers make for a rich, flavorful and complex smoking experience.
In the early days of cigar manufacturing, it was a common practice to have a lector read to the rollers during the day. Many of the rollers were illiterate, and with the lack of mass media as we know it, this was often the only way the workers got the daily news.
In addition to the news, the lectors would also read popular literature of the day, and a favorite of the factory workers was the Alexandre Dumas novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo.” It was so popular that in 1935 the Montecristo brand was born in Cuba. There are now two Montecristo brands: the Cuban brand and the Dominican brand.
Since 2015 marked the 80th anniversary of the brand, Altadis U.S.A. released some special cigars to mark the occasion, the limited edition Montecristo 80th Anniversary, which is made with tobacco grown from seeds which were hand-carried from Cuba in the 1960s. Also new this year is the subject of this review, the Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut.
The Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut has a wrapper from the 2008 crop, grown on Altadis’ U.S.A. farms and is artfully rolled in the Dominican Republic. The cigar starts out with a pungent aroma and taste of alfalfa on the pre-light. Some may call this barnyard, but that grosses me out a little so I’ll go with alfalfa.
It had a very smooth, yet rich flavor; it was creamy with a hint of citrus sweetness, and a little bit of pepper from the Nicaraguan and Peruvian leaf in the filler blend. The burn was straight as an arrow, and the draw was perfect. This is a very special cigar that is a pleasure to smoke and has a definite place in every humidor.
Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut
Size: 6 1/4-inches x 50
Wrapper: Vintage 2008 Connecticut Shade (grown in U.S.A. in Montecristo farms, exclusive to Altadis U.S.A.)
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian