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.
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!
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.
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.