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Montecristo and Plasencia, a match made in heaven.The story of Montecristo Espada is seriously interesting. Not long ago, Montecristo and famed tobacco grower and cigar maker Nestor Plasencia struck a deal. This deal would gave Montecristo’s blending team, known as the ‘Grupo de Maestros,’ unrestricted access to Plasencia’s world-renowned library of tobaccos and state of the art factory. There, the Grupo de Maestro’s went to work, spending months creating the perfect blend. A blend that’s unlike any other Montecristo ever before. A Nicaraguan puro that’s overflowing with flavor. A cigar that’s as near perfect as they come. A cigar that’s easily fitting of the Montecristo name, but with a level of flavor that’s surprising and welcomed. In short, Montecristo Espada is exceptional. Meaning ‘sword,’ Espada makes full use of Plasencia’s unique tobacco archive and employs a gorgeous Habano wrapper from 2010 grown in Jalapa, Nicaragua. Underneath, an all-Nicaraguan blend of bold, well-aged long-fillers from Jalapa, Ometepe, and Condega were each specifically selected for their strength, flavor, or body. The result is an extremely well-balanced, layered with rich, hearty notes of wood, pepper, coffee, cream, nuts, and sweetness. Elegant, refined, and loaded with complexity, Montecristo Espada is truly a world-class cigar. Montecristo Espada received Top 25 honors for 2015 (#20 overall) and a well-deserved 92-rating noting: " offering the spice of a gingersnap with touches of cinnamon that build to a sweet, spicy finish."
Takes the sweet spot of a Cuban Montecristo, ramps it up to 11 and spreads it over the whole cigar!
The experience opens with a flavor and strength somewhere between their Classic and Platinum lines with some good spice and a bit of a raisiny flavor.
Part way through 1/3, that raisin taste is joined by a delicious sweet cream, almost vanilla. That flavor is what I'd referred to as very similar to the best part of a Cuban Monte but more of it! Things trade off between those flavors until it's own sweet spot where the two flavors marry and this becomes something really special.
It's like berries and cream, but subtler, just enough to really get a good taste but not the syrupy sweetness of an infused cigar and combined with that typically delicious Monte tobacco flavor.
Construction wise, I did have to relight after asking twice and there was a crack in the wrapper, no idea when that happened, but nothing unravels or flakes and it looks just as terrific as any Monte.
The draw is absolutely perfect and produces a CONSTANT stream of smoke which I love!
Monte fans should go ahead and buy a box! When I have the means, I know I will!