Montecristo Serie C Belicoso
Montecristo Serie C Belicoso Cigar
Let me start out by saying that I'm pushover for great Cameroon wrapper, and the leaf on this cigar looked absolutely enticing; dark, even in color, and smooth with an attractive, oily patina. The wrapper also had a deliciously sweet aroma. The cigar was well-packed, and what I could tell from observing the foot, neatly bunched, too. I actually spent a few minutes admiring this cigar before lighting-up.
The pre-lit flavor was leathery and sweet absent of any bitterness or spicy elements. The foot lit well and evenly. The draw was easy and produced a good head of creamy smoke; great aroma, too. Although I find it hard to put my finger on any specific flavors, the smoke was, for the most part, earthy, sweet, woody, and very well-balanced. The cigar burned well with a firm white and grey marble ash.
I took my time with this cigar. I also enjoyed the sweetness of the aroma that wafted toward me as the cigar rested on the ashtray. Once I picked up the cigar again, each puff was every bit as flavorful as the one before, and creamier, too. As the cigar burned toward the halfway mark, it acquired a black pepper-like component, which gave the finish a little added spiciness. From that point on, the cigar picked up more strength. However, it remained smooth, creamy, well-rounded and aromatic without ever becoming overpowering.
Final impression: A stunning, luxury cigar in the true Montecristo tradition that exceeded my expectations. This was also one of the most consistent cigars I've had in recent memory. Highly recommended with a good brandy or cognac to complement the sweetness of the tobaccos.
Final Score: 9.0
Suggested retail price: $10.00 U.S./cigar
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles