Price – $13
Beverage – Fresh squeezed pomegranate juice
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Bullet to the Head (5/10)
The Espada has a unique back story where Montecristo’s blending team was given access to legendary blender Nestor Plasencia’s tobaccos. The result was the blend used for the Espada which uses Nicaraguan blends. Here are my thoughts:
1) Good construction, no burn issues with good flavor transitions.
2) I liked it a lot better towards the end than I did the beginning.
3) The Espada is billed as a medium-full, but for me it smoked more like a mild-medium. I have a hard time seeing this being more than a Demi for the vast majority of smokers.
4) Hands down the best non-Cuban Montecristo cigar I’ve smoked.
Would I smoke this again? Not at $13
Would I give it humidor space? No
You get into the $13 price range and there are a lot of good choices out there, and for me, this cigar is not worth the price tag. In this price range, you start getting up with the Ashton VSG and Symmetry as well as the Fuente Don Carlos and I’d rather put my money on those. Although the Espada is a solid smoke, I expect more than solid at $13. Unless you’re a devoted Montecristo fan, I think your money is better spent elsewhere.
Price – Compliments of my brother Big Mike
Beverage – Coffee
Rating – Sabotage
So I’m at Hollywood Smokes and my brothers Mike and Nas are there with some of our other friends and I see this bad boy sitting in a box. Being from Chicago the presentation of this cigar is absolutely incredible. I loved the way it looked and was definitely intrigued. Admittedly, I am not a regular smoker of Montecristo so not only was this cool in the sense of it being a Chicago edition, but also in the sense of expanding my cigar smoking boundaries. This cigar also comes in New York, Texas, and Las Vegas editions.
I’m not sure if you can still get these, or where you can get them from, but it was a solid smoke. I would say it was a medium body cigar that was definitely smooth and had a nice burn to it, made better of course by great company and conversation. I do think this cigar could have been even better if I paired it with something like a Dr. Pepper, but I went the coffee route.
Here we go with the two questions:
Would I smoke it again? Yes
Would I give it humidor space? The novelty alone would get it humidor space and it’s not a bad cigar.
I believe these retail at $12/stick and if you see one of these and it represents a part of the US that you’re from, pick it up, it’s a cool thing to have. Thanks Mike for the smoke!
Also, as you know Drew and I are non-drinkers and we are working on a cigar pairing post for those individuals who do not drink as well, so keep an eye out for that and of course suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
Price – $15-$17
Beverage – Cherry Juice mixed w/Water
Rating – Escape Plan
Ah the famous Monte #2, I call this my Dos Equis cigar. The reason this is my Dos Equis cigar is because I don’t always smoke light cigars, but when I do, I smoke a Monte 2. There’s no elaborate story behind this one other than Drew brought me one to smoke at a Stogie’s Cigar House in Broken Arrow, OK when I lived there to try out and I enjoyed it.
If you have an opportunity to smoke one of these, please do, if nothing else to at least say you have. If you like stronger cigars, this is not for you, but it is smooth and light when you don’t want something strong or full body.
Now to answer my two questions, yes I would smoke it again and again and again and yes they currently occupy real estate in my humidor. A little pricey, but well worth it, thank you Drew for introducing me to this wonderful cigar.