The 2014 Montecristo Habanos Anejados Churchill is a new extension in the Habanos lineup.
This lineup consists of vitolas that are not regular production and were rolled 5 to 8 years prior to be released. This allows consumers the opportunity to try a cigar that has been aged and demonstrate the effects of properly aging a cigar vs. smoking cigars that have been recently produced. This does come at a premium price vs. regular production.
Most cigar collectors enjoy buying recent production cigars and smoking a box over time to see how a cigar evolves over time. This also ensures providence of the cigar as you get to control the conditions in which the cigar ages. I am curious to see how this cigar is.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The 2014 Montecristo Habanos Anejados is a classic Churchill vitola. It’s official name is a Julieta No. 2 and it comes in at a 47 ring gauge and is 7 inches in length.
There were an undisclosed number of 25 count dress boxes released in 2015, despite the initial release time was for 2014.
The wrapper is a lightly honeyed, golden hue of brown. Smooth to the touch. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut and touches of earth and cream emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is good. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The rounded triple cap looks fine and the foot is packed.
A gentle twist of my Siglo multi punch and we are ready for action
The draw is perfect. Nice airflow with a slight resistance. Time in the humidor has reduced the humidity.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: vanilla bean, cococa, coffee and light cream with touches of leather and earth.
Time to take this to the flame….
Classic Montecristo flavours come out to play. Vanilla bean, cocoa, earth, leather, cream and touches of tangy fruitiness. Well balanced and light on the palate. The strength is at a medium level.
The draw is perfect and copious amounts of smoke billow from the cigar. The burn is a little wonky. Hope it corrects itself as we go and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ light whitish grey.
The retrohale brings nice layers of cocoa, vanilla bean, earth and leather that gently make their way through the nasal passages.
The after finish is soothing. The flavours announce their presence and then slowly dissipate. There is a sense of familiarity with the way the flavours interact on the palate that reminds me a aged Montes that I have enjoyed in the past. A sense of purity in the flavours as there is no harshness at all. Well balanced between flavours and strength level. Gentle layers of cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee notes, leather, cream and a light tanginess delicately envelop the palate. Impressive so far….
The burn corrects itself and continues to make me a believer that this cigar has been aged. The strength level continues to be at a medium level.
The flavours become more pronounced. Heavier notes of cocoa and vanilla bean with touches of earth, leather and tanginess. Great balance between strength and flavours as well as within the flavour profile. Everything is performing in unison with no harshness to speak of.
The retrohale brings nice layers of cocoa, vanilla, coffee notes and touches of earth and leather through the nasal passages.
The after finish is so enjoyable. Delicate yet vibrant on the palate. Cocoa, vanilla, and leather to start followed by tanginess, coffee notes, cream and earth. Delicious…..
This cigar is smoking beautifully. Delicious layers of cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee, cream, earth, leather and a tanginess that is truly the hallmark of the Montecristo marca.
Perfectly balanced between strength and flavour profile. The medium level of strength just enhances the experience.
The retrohale is nicely rounded with a touch of cream that compliments the vanilla bean, cocoa and coffee notes.
The after finish is rich and relaxing. Delicate layers of vanilla bean, earth, cream and leather, followed by cocoa, coffee notes and a nice ‘Cuban twang.’ Seamless and subtle complexity with a sense of refinement that you can only experience with time in the humidor. There is an absence of harshness. Pure flavour that is perfectly balanced between savoury and sweet. A delight to smoke.
I wish I smoked this in Varadero when I was there in November as I would have picked up a few boxes of these. I hesitated on doing this as I wanted to give the cigar some time in my own humidor to reduce the humidity within the cigar.
Worth the premium in my humble opinion as this cigar fully encapsulates the Montecristo flavour profile and demonstrates the benefit of aging cigars. A wonderful smoking experience. I will be adding a few boxes of these to my humidor in short order….