It has been a while since the last Tasting of the Titans and this time there were no surprises, no one was missing, no nonsense, no bling, just strait down to tasting business with the Montecristo Especiales No. 1 from 1997. So I was very much looking forward to this smoking date! And boy, what a cigar!
You simply have to love this format. And the boîte nature it comes in really makes it already clear. This cigar is not one of the regular production Montes. This truly is special. Another aspect of course was the cigars age. Boxed in 1997 means the cigars have over 17 years of age on them. And even though I am personally not the biggest fan of Montecristo cigars this aged stick really made my mouth water. But was the Monte able to deliver?
The answer to that is really short: YES!!! My exemplar showed a very nice development, was complex and earthy but yet showed herbal notes and as Heiko said “that old library taste” of a nice vintage. I felt it was a typical Montecristo as I was able to get those faint notes of “smoke from a fire with wet wood” that are typical for a Monte to me (difficult to explain the taste though). But the cigar was really elegant and fine. Simply well balanced. Another aspect was the perfect burn in all of our cigars. Simply stunning quality. A Habanos that left nothing to desire. And according to the fellow titan’s score everyone seemed to be very pleased! This really got me wondering if newer versions of the Montecristo Especiales No. 1 can keep up with this vintage version? I am sooo tempted to buy a box right now!
On a side note: We had a sip of the Sanchez Romante Unos en Mil as I was interested in the opinion of my fellow titans. And if I got that right, even though everyone was surprised that this is a Brandy (and I kind of was hoping for that) the spirit went well with the Monte!
Again I would like to thank my 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! I am already looking forward to the next time we meet!!! Now if I only do not forget to setup that doodle! 🙂