Review of Montecristo Nicaragua Series Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Montecristo Nicaragua Series cigars are Nicaraguan puros blended with the help of AJ Fernandez and distributed by Altadis USA. The cigars were introduced in 2018 and are available in four sizes, including a Toro (6 x 54) priced at $12.25, which was sampled for this review. The Robusto size (5 x 54) was ranked the 10th best cigar in the world for 2018 by Cigar Aficionado.
The Montecristo Nicaragua Series Toro began with medium peppery and sweet tobacco flavors that were perfectly balanced. The initial flavors remained pretty much consistent throughout most of the cigar. The body was at the lower end of the medium-to-full range, and although somewhat fuller than a typical Dominican Montecristo Cigar, the Nicaragua Series is not at all overpowering and can be enjoyed by most mainstream cigar smokers.
The sample cigar was very well made, had a great draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No touch-ups nor relights were needed during the 80 minutes that it look me to smoke the cigar down to just over two inches remaining, when it went out by itself. It may not be very complex, but the Montecristo Nicaragua Series cigar was still very enjoyable and deserving of a superior rating of 4.25 points on a 5-point scale. It could be the best Montecristo-brand cigar made outside of Cuba.