Yesterday I enjoyed a Montecristo Epic Premium Selection ’07. This somewhat pricey stick — $20 at Buffalo Tobacco Traders in Grand Rapids, Mich. — proved to be a thoroughly satisfying experience, despite a few minor challenges.
My pick was a churchill, 7×56. The wrapper is select Ecuadorian Habano, with a Nicaraguan binder and a filler blend of aged Nicaraguan and Dominican leaf.
The cigar’s biggest claim to fame, in my opinion, is its flavor. It’s bold, with a strong pepper kick and unmistakable presence of leather, complimented by hints of cedar and nuts. At times, I caught a subtle flavor that reminded me a bit of dark chocolate. The flavor shift a bit through the thirds, which added to my enjoyment — the Epic presented a multi-dimensional flavor profile that changed over time.
Burning was consistent to the nub, with no relights or canoeing. Only minor problem came with the band: It appeared that the band was glued sloppily, with some of the glue transferring into a half-dime sized splotch on the wrapper.
This complex cigar isn’t for the weak-stomached. It’s a big smoke, but worth the investment.