1990 Montecristo No. 4

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Decided I wanted to smoke something with age on it. Was looking around the humidor and this caught my eye. Perfect size to enjoy in the final days of warm sunshine.

Let’s see how this is progressing…..

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The 1990 Montecristo No. 4 is a great looking cigar. I appreciate the mareva vitola is it have a great ring gauge (42) and is the perfect size (5.1 inches in length) to enjoy in an hour or so.

The wrapper is a light hazelnut hue of brown. Very smooth to the touch. Aromas of caramel, cream, cocoa and vanilla with a touch of leather emanate from the wrapper.

The construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The triple cap is rustically applied and the foot is packed.

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A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to go.

The draw is perfect. Nice air flow with a slight resistance.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: cocoa, cedar, earth and leather, with a touch of vanilla

Time to take this to the flame…..

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First Third
What a way to start. So freaking delicious….Gentle layers of cedar, earth, cocoa, vanilla and mint envelop my palate. Strength is at a medium level. Very complex and refined with nice balance between flavours and strength. Soothing, smooth flavour profile.

The draw, burn and smoke production are excellent. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ light grey.

The retrohale has a nice, calming effect as vanilla, cedar, earth and mint gently make their way through the nasal passages.

The after finish is first class. The flavours linger on the palate, making you want more. It’s like your first sweetheart. Just breathtaking. Gentle layers of cedar, cocoa and vanilla, followed by earth, leather and mint at the end. This is a flavour profile that just instantly relaxes you. Reminds me of your favourite pair of jeans. It brings that level of comfort….

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Second Third
The cigar has transformed, in terms of flavour profile. Nougat, vanilla, cocoa, and a touch of earth and mint. The cedar and leather components come intermittently to add a touch more complexity and nuance. Strength continues to be at a medium level.

The retrohale is just beautiful. Light inflections of nougat, cocoa, vanilla and mint move effortlessly through the nasal passages.

The after finish is hypnotizing. The flavours continue to evolve and develop on the palate. Touches of nougat and earth here, dabs of vanilla and mint there, drizzling of cocoa and leather to round things around. Love the slight nuances and variance of flavours right now. Soooo good…

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Final Third
Another flavour profile changed. Richer and robust now. Dark chocolate, leather and earth take over the last third, with only glimpses of mint, vanilla and nougat. Strength has increased as well but stays in the medium range.

The retrohale is pure dark chocolate and leather. More assertive as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish brings a heavier, lasting impression on the palate. Big layers of dark chocolate, leather and earth, with touches of vanilla, roasted nuts and mint interlaced sporadically. Beautiful complexity and a very enjoyable cigar.

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Final Impressions
This cigar is smoking so well right now. Time in the humidor has really brought the flavours and strength together beautifully. Very smooth with no harshness to speak of. Excellent balance between flavours and strength. The depth of flavour changes throughout the cigar was equally impressive, considering its size. A great experience…..

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