Ambos Mundos Grande No. 2 Sumatra
Ambos Mundos cigars are made for Tatuaje brand owner Pete Johnson in Jaime Garcia's Esteli, Nicaragua factory. To meet demand for a value-priced cigar, the cigars contain Nicaraguan longfillers that didn't quite make the grade for Pete's Tatuaje line. Ambos Mundos means both worlds, which is exactly what you get: your choice of Ecuadorian Sumatra or Nicaraguan Habano wrappers. Both are medium-plus bodied, with the Sumatra offering a meaty, leathery smoke, and the Habano woody, spicy notes.
You'll forgive me, I'm not sure if it's this size "Grande" or the Toro that I smoked. I picked up a 5-er somewhere and smoked one after a couple of weeks: was good, but not up to my expectations, somewhat harsh. So I waited about another month and my oh my did it ever take me back. There's an intense middle-body to this blend which is either missing in most cigars today or, in the case of many Pepin blends, is so strong that it's just out of control and hard for me to smoke. This blend, the No. 2 Semilla Sumatra, has both power and restraint. Pete outdid himself on this one and, ha, it's considered a second tier smoke in his book. Just because it doesn't try to kill you. That's what I love about this blend: strength with balance. Plus it doesn't have that Nicaraguan overwhelmingly earthy flavor; another reason it's "second tier" I guess and another reason I want more. This has intensity without the overbearing earth (dirt?) character so typical of upscale Nicaraguan cigars. You may love them, but they're not for me. This one definitely is. Now, one further note: I have reverted to small cigars, petite coronas, like the ones I used to smoke in the mid-'60s. And I've just ordered these No.2s in the "Short" format. No, it's not identical to old school Havana, but it's probably about as close as we will ever get. Kudos to Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia.
This was a good cigar to smoke. It didn't really bring anything new to the table. It had a consistent, medium strength and body with wood notes. Strikingly similar to the LGC series R in flavor.
This is supposed to be a value priced alternative to Tatuaje with slightly lower quality tobacco. I find these to be more flavorful in the Sumatra wrapper than Tatuaje. Looking forward to trying the Habano as well.