Montecristo White Series cigar Review.
By Sam Schuster on March 31st, 2015.
Montecristo is a brand in little need of introductions, claiming space in nearly every humidor, this company has etched its name deeply in the history of cigars. Much like those cigars, the memory of Ed O'Reilly, husband, father and dear friend of the 21 family will be embedded in minds and hearts of all who knew him for years to come.
This review is more than a look in to this legendary brand; it's also a look in to an amazing man who smoked them.
Cigar Reviewed: Montecristo White Series
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
With a simple white band complementing the light brown of the cigar, the Montecristo White Series certainly keeps up the old school style in a good way. The foot has a nice light aroma of hay and wheat, mildly sweet and airy it culminates to a rather nice scent. The construction is impressive as well; almost seamless with no major veins it's smooth to the touch, firm but with a little give. Cold draw is primarily hay muddled with vanilla bean sweetness.
The Montecristo White Series lights up beautifully with a very easy draw, first few minutes start out with the a fore mentioned hay, a sweet spice in the foreground plays a huge role as it blends interestingly with an almond finish. Clean and crisp it makes a very light and wispy introduction.
About half way down, the cigar begins to lose most of its sweet spice as it takes on a more toasted cereal flavor. it's held to this point at a steady mild bodied cigar, however as you spend more time it picks up ever so slightly in strength, climbing its way to not much more than a mild to medium body. So far the Montecristo White Series would make a great stick for breakfast.
The Home Stretch:
The last few minutes with the Montecristo have been enjoyable to say the least, consistent and well-crafted it makes for a very pleasing companion to have with a cup of coffee in the morning, or maybe a nice beer after a long day. Light and airy with no shortage of flavor the White Series is crisp, clean, and sharp as a tack. It makes you really think about the cigar in order to understand what it's all about.
While Eddie's fondness of this cigar was profound, he was more even more fond of the folks he smoked them with. Being a regular at our humble lounge since the early days of its start, and having a knack for storytelling; he became fast friends with not only all who worked there, but all who came in for a smoke as well.
Being a retired gentleman he spent most of his time at the race tracks, betting the ponies with a cigar in one hand, and a drink in the other. Friendly and outgoing, and just as quick with a joke as he was with a handshake, Eddie truly understood the kinship of cigars. A legend in his own right, he will be truly missed at 21 degrees. Rest assured whenever someone lights up a Montecristo at 21, it will be with thoughts of Eddie.
See you at the races, Eddie.
1931 - 2015.