Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition

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Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Dominican
Source : Sent as a blogger sample from Altadis

Welcome to my first cigar review of 2012. I figured I would do something a little special for all my fans so we are going to take a look at the Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition.

I received this as a blogger sample from Altadis.

This cigar comes in only one size, a 6×60 box press and is only available in New York City.

MSRP is $14 so with your New York taxes….we will just say OUCH and hope they get that taxation under control soon.


*this part was not on the video as I had to do a take two and forgot to do it*

Giving this Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition a once over and the wrapper is beautiful with hardly and veins showing at all. I get a bit of a barnyard and chocolate scent from the wrapper and kind of a sweet hay on the foot.

*this is all that was missing from the video, the rest is there*

I decided to punch this cigar.

Flame on!

First Half

Starting off this Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition and the main tastes are a leathery coffee right off the bat. Very nice open draw too.

Definitely a hit you in the face wood flavor coming through at around the inch in mark. Also getting some of the coffee but more of a sweetened coffee rather than black and some spice.

Draw started to tighten up as I got close to the end of the first half so I went ahead and clipped the cap. Draw is now again very nice.

Flavors have really intensified with the leather up front along with a little bit of a spice. There is still a small hint of coffee, the sweetened kind with cream but it definitely a lot less potent than the leather taste. There is also a bit of a musty taste. I really do not know how to classify this but it seems when I say a cigar has a musty type taste others say honey. I do not eat honey so I am just guessing so you will have to try it yourself to see.

Second Half

Diving into the second half of this Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition and I would say we are about a medium cigar at this point. Still a good slathering of leather and the spice started to hit the tongue a good bit. Most of the coffee taste has gone away, what little was still there, and more of an earth taste has crept in.

I am not getting that musty/honey taste any more either.

Have a pretty large hardened char piece on the one side of the cigar that I will try to get on camera. I would love to know what causes this.

This did not happen with the first cigar I smoked and since I really do not know what causes it, I do not know if it is a manufacturing issue, tobacco issue, or my fault.

There was a little bit more harshness in this last part but it may be due to that piece.

Musty/honey taste is coming back into the cigar and making it a bit less harsh right now. Still getting the leather and earth along with a tangy spice.

Medium body with full flavor for this cigar.


Would I buy it again? Very rarely. With a price at $14 then add on New York’s ridiculous taxes and it is just out of my ability to buy on a regular basis. Plus I live in Pennsylvania. It would make a great special occasion cigar or having a box in your humidor would be a great conversation piece especially if you live in the Big Apple.

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