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My Weekend Cigar – Dec. 4, 2017: Montecristo Epic

MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Montecristo Epic Cigar Review

By Gary Korb

Why This Stunning Cigar is Worth Every Cent

Blended by Montecristo’s consummate cadre of cognoscente, the Grupo de Maestros, the Montecristo Epic Toro is one of those cigars that reveals new flavors every time I smoke it. That’s why this cigar never becomes boring or humdrum.

MONTECRISTO EPIC TORO

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The Montecristo Epic Toro offers an impressive mix of flavors that paired well with my Pinot Noir. G-~

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size:  6″ x 52
Strength: Medium – Medium Plus
Wrapper: Specially-selected Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Vintage Nicaraguan and Dominican

My Experience: For the reasons noted above, I like pairing the Montecristo Epic Toro with different types of drinks. The dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on the Epic is as attractive as it is flavorful with its flawlessly executed triple seam cap and oily patina, while below the surface rests a well-balanced blend of rare Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers. On this particular evening I chose a very tasty and affordably-priced 2014 Sonoma Pinot Noir. The smoke was pleasantly medium-bodied issuing some characteristic Nicaraguan earthiness and spice at the base, while notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and toffee were revealed along the route. The medium-bodied Pinot, with its fruity nose, floral notes, and long finish, even pulled some fruity notes out of the smoke. As I approached the last few inches, the flavors intensified and the smoke shifted to more medium-plus in body.

Suffice it to say . . . there are plenty of Montecristo cigars to choose from, but I find the Epic one of the brand’s top standouts for its excellent balance, complexity and unique ability to mate with just about any libation. OK, the Toro is a bit pricey, but then, you’re getting the pinnacle of quality. I can’t stress that enough, even for those who tend to cringe at cigars costing $10 or more. The fact is, great tobacco comes at a higher price, but you can definitely taste the difference.

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If you’ve had an experience with this cigar, please leave a comment or share a similar experience.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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.

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