Tuesday, July 27, 2010

07/26 - Comparing two Montecristo Robustos


After I got a Jar of the Milleniums a while ago and also having some Singles of the EL 2000 (beside two full boxes sittin deep in the humidor) I decided to make a comparing smoke with those two....

Both are (more or less) from the same year, both are Montecristo... one matured in a ceramic jar, air tight closed and opened the first time after 10 years. The other one comes from an ordinary dress box which allows definitely more air exchange than the jar.... there should be definitely a difference in the aging process.

A nice challenge to do.... let's fire up and start with the Millenium Robusto.

Matt, dark colorado colored wrapper with a light reddish touch with a smell of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and tobacco.

The first puffs.... wow.... this cigar starts like a steam hammer! Wood, leather and tobacco... those are the dominating flavors which hit the palate.... ten years old and really strong.... there you see the effect of the maturation in the Jar, which is closed tight with nearly no air exchange. When I opened it, I had to cut the seal which means it was the first time after 10 years that it was opened......

In the second third the cigar gets smoother... flavor of strong Espresso and dark chocolate.... a very nice combination, and now very creamy..... but there's a lot of nicotine.... what a smoke.....

The last third again shows some really strong flavors: leather, earthiness and black pepper with a strong background aroma of tobacco.... still strong and getting a little bit harsh in the end.

This cigar is really great and I'm happy that I have - beside my 5 Singles which are left now - a full Jar which will rest for sure another 10 years.... Now I'm curious for the EL 2000.....


Ok, let's now switch over to the second one, the Montecristo Robusto EL 2000. We split a box a while ago during our Herf in Kreuzlingen and I still had some left of those which I kept for me.

The smell reminds a little bit of the Millenium, but there is a much more sweeter touch in this one... a hint of honey and licorice.... the wrapper is dark colorado, EL typically (which means not very fine) and matt.

The first third also starts strong but it is very mellow and creamy in the mouth with tastes of wood and pepper added by some pleasent sweetness. To the end of the first third roasted nuts are coming up... There's a touch of that typical vintage flavor, not too much, but you get it....

The second third comes up with some more pepper, really spicey... dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee, some cacao.... all well balanced and very complex....

The last third.... the Grand Finale.... pure tobacco and charred wood is covering like an oily coating the palate... no harshness, still creamy in the mouth. Full-bodied and coming along with a good portion of nicotine but a lot of weaker then the Millenium..... that's an impressing smoke.


So, what's the conclusion... who's the winner of that competition? I can make my judgement for this moment and on the other hand I'll make a preview: the EL was the winner of tonite but I'm sure the reason is the kind of packing.... the maturation in the Jar is much slower than in the dress box..... For me the Milleniums have a really high potential but they should still rest for another 10 years... even more....

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