Which is, of course, how it should be considering this is a $22 cigar. Yep. Altadis has never been shy about charging real money for anything wearing the Montecristo band, and you know they were licking their chops figuring out how to price this special 80th Anniversary edition. Forget for a moment that it's not even really their anniversary...they're celebrating the origin of the Cuban brand, and of course this is Dominican, but whatever.
Check out the presentation above. Now add in the fact that the cigar looks gorgeous and smells like the dessert cart at a really good restaurant and you can see why Altadis is getting away with charging $22. Yep, it's a tough one to resist.
As you'd expect, despite the unique tobacco blend, this cigar is blended to be a crowd pleaser and not a small-batch curiosity that only appeals to hardcore cigar buffs. Basically, this is the cigar equivalent of one of those expense account restaurants in south Florida. Good shrimp cocktail...not worth $22, but darn good. Good caesar salad....not worth $17, but darn good. You get what we're saying.
It tastes of sweet and bitter cocoa, light leather, earth, nuts and toast. Being a crowd pleaser, it's hardly strong. More like mild to medium. For some reason, Altadis claims this is very full bodied. Don't be put off.
No BS, this is actually a pretty rare smoke; it sold out quickly at our local B&M, which was unable to order any more. If you really want to pay $22 for a non-Cuban Montecristo, don't hesitate on pulling the trigger because you might not get a second chance. There are better cigars out there for the money, but we certainly understand if you can't resist a pretty face.
B: Dominican Republic
F: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Pretty cigar. Pretty packaging. Pretty pricey. Worth it? Well, it's not earth-shatteringly unuque but it's certainly a smooth, pleasant smoke with an appealing character.