Montecristo Media Corona

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Following my thoughts about a new release. And I must say it is one of the sole new release lately that caught my attention because I like the format. So here goes the tasting of the new Montecristo Media Corona.

Montecristo Media Corona

As you can see from the second picture I used a puncher rather than a cutter. A long time ago an Italian Aficionado told me that he likes to punch smaller cigars as that would bring out the whole flavor. And I must say, he was right!

Montecristo Media Corona

The cigar was surprisingly mild but had an uneven burn (maybe due to its youth?). And it reminded me a bit about the Montecristo No. 2. But while I felt it was a typical Monte it somehow seemed to build a bridge between the old school flavor (e.g. No. 1 to No. 5) and the newer flavor profile (e.g. Petit Edmundo). And if this was, what Habanos wanted to achieve than I draw my hat to them! Excellent format and this one even felt better balanced than the same sized H. Upmann Half Corona that can be somewhat harsher.

Montecristo Media Corona

I must say I was afraid it would be another disappointment like last years Petit No. 2. And since I am really not a huge fan of this marca I will not buy boxes of the Media Corona and instead keep on praying to the Half Corona from Upmann or the Minutos sized sticks that I consider to be one of my favorite cigar sizes. But if you like Montecristo you will love this cigar! Excellent new release and a great addition to the portfolio.

See tasting sheet for more details: Montecristo Media Corona

TotT – Montecristo Aniversario 80

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It has been a long time since the last tasting of the titans. These days I hardly find time to blog, let alone to smoke a cigar. So I was really looking forward to this evening!

This time we were surprised with two festival release cigars that one of the titans brought back from this years Habanos festival in Cuba. The Montecristo Aniversario 80 was smoked that night. So read on to find out if this pre-release stick is a good indication to go out and look for the Montecristo Aniversario 80 once the hit the stores in 10 count boxes.

Montecristo Aniversario 80

There were only three Monte cigars even though we were four that night. So you’ll only find three tasting sheets right below. As we started smoking the sweetness immediately caught my attention. And all of us found the cigar to be on the mild side. Personally I was very happy about that since I am not “in the training” currently and a strong cigar could leave its mark. πŸ™‚

There were nice hints of spices and wood. The cigar never really became strong through out the whole smoking time of about an hour and a half.
And after a while I felt it was not very typical or not to well comparable with the Monte No.1s to No.5s. If not it was a little more along the new school flavor profile that for me really started with the Petit Edmundo.

Montecristo Aniversario 80

Luckily this night it seemed that for once I did not get the dog rocket as I was very pleased with my cigar. But other fellow titans were not so lucky. About half in the smoke the wrapper leaf said good bye but the cigar could still be smoked. Not – of course – without us mocking the fellow smoker.

I really feel that this cigar is a good pick for an anniversary release. It is standing on its own feet. And it can be certainly smoked by a novice or a not so seasoned smoker as I currently am. πŸ™‚

Montecristo Aniversario 80

The evening of the tasting was great fun and once again I would like to thank the titans for the spectacular cigars, the nice company and their time and of course many thanks to the Portmann’s for their hospitality. There is no better place to smoke in Switzerland than the Griffins Business Lounge in Kreuzlingen!

And by now you are surely wondering what the second festival release cigar was that can be seen in the first picture above. Well, I am not going to tell here (you might read it somewhere else πŸ™‚ ). But I am planing to smoke it on a quiet evening and publish a tasting here.

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
Montecristo Aniversario 80 Montecristo Aniversario 80 Montecristo Aniversario 80

TotT – Sancho Panza Belicosos

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In January we met up for another Tasting of the Titans. Unfortunately one of the members could not make it so we were only 3. So here goes a get well soon to our fellow titan. Hope you can join the next time again. This time we smoked an excellent Sancho Panza Belicosos from 2001. And yes with this I already gave it away, the cigar was really good!

Sancho Panza Belicosos

I said before that I really like the marca Sancho Panza with its true tobacco taste and yet giving that salty sensation. This brand really starts to be one of my favorites as not only do I like the taste if not the line up really has classic vitolas that I really appreciate a lot. Now some of you might say that everything around the year 2000 is problematic as this was the time when everyone really was upset by the quality. But again this cigar proofed that this ‘area’ really is not that bad at all. On the contrary I sometimes can not help myself to think that this was all hyped up too much. This Belicosos which is besides the Bolivar version my favorite one really did not disappoint any of the smokers this night and I personally was pleasantly surprised to find some floral notes in mine. Very nice smoke indeed! Do see the individual notes below as well.

Sancho Panza Belicosos

After the ‘official’ tasting we were treated to another Sancho Panza, a Bachilleres from 1998 if I recall correctly. The Petit Corona from Sancho Panza really showed that it comes out of the same stable and due to its format the flavors are more ‘compressed’ and intense. Really excellent smoke as well and I guess I’m save to say that we had a very pleasant Sancho Panza evening. πŸ™‚

Over the time it kind of became a tradition that apart from the cigars somebody brings a drink or some food to enjoy as well. So my post would not be complete without mentioning the Whisky injected and then smoked sausages. I really enjoyed these as this you cannot bought and they were delicately made. A real treat as well.

Sancho Panza Bachilleres

I would like to thank the tasting panel and Urs Portmann for all the cigars that were smoked that night, their time, hospitality and for the great evening spend with them! Hope we will meet up soon again!

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
Sancho-Panza-Belicosos Sancho-Panza-Belicosos Sancho-Panza-Belicosos

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