The Beautifully Aged Epic Craft Cured from Montecristo
Starting with just one singular line from the Dominican Republic many moons ago, Montecristo, an off-shoot the famous Cuban marque, has grown into a virtual army of unique blends with various strength profiles, shapes, wrapper colors, and sizes. Now, teaming up with Plasencia, and the famous Grupo de Maestro’s from Altadis, the portfolio expands once more with the decadent Montecristo Epic Craft Cured line.
Montecristo Epic Craft Cured, available in three popular 52-ring sizes, is a Nicaraguan puro highlighted with a rare Rosado wrapper that displays a deep toffee color with a slightly reddish-brown hue and very tight veins. A nice oily patina adds to the cigars lustrous eye-candy appeal. The painstaking curing process used in the Montecristo Epic Craft Cured cigars allow these perfectly aged 10- year old tobaccos to harmoniously blend in a tapestry of flavors that exude luxury and sophistication. And, as one would expect from Montecristo and Plasencia, the construction is pristine, the draw is effortless, and the burn is slow and razor sharp.
The peppery flavor to start the Epic comes with quite a jolt but soon settles down as tamer notes of cocoa, spices, nuts, and dark toasty coffee join the blend. Halfway in, all these flavors take turns becoming the top note, resulting in a multi-layered extravaganza of medium to full bodied goodness. The final third and right down to the band, the Epic picks up a caramel-like sweetness that makes the stick very hard to put down without burning the thumb.
For someone who smokes a steady diet of bold Cuban-style cigars, the Montecristo Epic will be a great addition to their daily rotation, while a creamy textured smoothness on the palate makes it a top choice for new hobbyists looking to move up in strength.
Pairing is a pleasure with these top-notch smokes, as bourbon, craft beer, or just about any libation of choice adds to the cigars overall enjoyment. Non-alcoholic enthusiasts will gain just about as much satisfaction smoking the Epic after a big meal, decadent dessert, or a nice cup of fresh brewed coffee.
A wonderful addition to the famous Montecristo lineup, the Epic Craft Cured is poised to become one of the crowning jewels of your premium handmade cigar collection.