Review of Blue Mountain Anniversary Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Blue Mountain Cigars make some pretty interesting and unusual cigars, including a cigar that is made with three different wrappers and blends of filler tobaccos, all in one cigar. In addition to the El Threesome Cigar, another BMC Premium Collection cigar is also made with more than one wrapper. The BMC Anniversary cigar is made with both a Nicaraguan Maduro and a Connecticut wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The cigar sampled measured six inches in length with a ring gauge of 60. Each wrapper covers three inches of the cigar, with the Connecticut starting at the foot-end of the cigar. This configuration results in the Connecticut wrapper providing 75% of the smoking experience, if the cigar is burned down to two inches remaining. This means that only one inch of the Maduro wrapper is left for smoking. Just a thought – maybe the Connecticut wrapper should be shortened to two inches and the Maduro lengthened to four inches to even out the smokable length to two inches for each wrapper.
The BMC Anniversary cigar began with a slightly sweet and toasty flavor having a touch of spice. The smoke was medium bodied. After the first few puffs, a slight sour taste emerged which mostly faded away after 5 to 10 minutes. After about 20 minutes, the cigar became more creamy, lasting until the burn line reached the Maduro wrapper about 55 minutes into the smoke. At this point, a minor touch-up light was applied to ensure a smooth transition from the Connecticut to the Maduro wrapper. The Maduro section of the cigar lasted for 20 minutes, as the body moved up to the medium-to-full range. The flavor did not drastically change, but did become a bit fuller with some added sweetness and a somewhat woodsy taste.
The cigar burned relatively even, and did not require any relights. The draw was good and the cigar held a long ash. It took me 75 minutes to smoke the BMC Anniversary down to two inches remaining. This cigar was not as interesting, unique nor enjoyable as the El Threesome (which I rated with 4 stars on About.com). I rate the BMC Anniversary with 3.25 points on a 5-point scale. Priced at about $125 per 25 cigars, I have to suggest paying a buck a stick more and opting for the El Threesome at $150/25.