Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra (2010 Oliva Los Rios Crop)
Binder: Dominican Olor 2010 (Villa Gonzalez Crop)
Filler: Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Toro: 6 x 54
Cigar Coop Review: Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch by Altadis USA
Show Video: Episode 135
The Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch is a new limited edition cigar that has recently been introduced by Altadis USA. The cigar is meant to pay homage to Altadis’ famed Grupo de Maestros team. If one looks at Altadis USA, they are a company that doesn’t have a famed cigar personality. For the most part Altadis has let their famous brands take center stage over any individual personalities. However, the closest thing Altadis has had to starpower since the departure of Jose Seijas has been its Grupo de Maestros team. In a nutshell, the Grupo de Maestros team represents some of Altadis’ most skilled cigar makers and they have been involved on some high profile Altadis releases.
250 100 count boxes have been produced. The boxes are trunk boxes made from the original cedar boxes where the cigars have been aging. Each box stores five rows of twenty cigars. The box itself has a natural weathering effect to it. The boxes will also be individually numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity.
Flavor wise I really liked this cigar. It had notes of coffee, earth, pepper, and some orange peel notes. The notes were medium strength, medium-bodied to start and progressed to medium to full for both attributes. I did find this was one of these cigars you could not overdraw and did burn warmer at times.
Good cigar, but the price point was a little high, and it required more maintenance that I wanted to worry about with the burn. Overall a fiver.