You will find both a Cuban and Dominican Republic version of this cigar. This review is of the Dominican Republic Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar – with a few comparisons to the Cuban Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar
Size : 156 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
I chose this cigar for review because I have been told consistently that the Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar is good to below the band.
The Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar Appearance and Construction
You will notice with your first look that the appearance reveals this to be an admirable cigar. The wrapper and band are both flawless. The wrapper is a perfect Connecticut, well suited to the size and appearance of the overall cigar. As for the construction, the hand roller of this cigar really cares about what he or she is doing. The Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar has a firm texture from tip to tip.
Not a single blemish was seen on the wrap. The pre-lit draw was appropriately smooth. The picture let’s the Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar speak for itself.
Flavor and Burn of the Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar
As always, I started my Monte Cristo Cigar by letting it linger under my nose for a moment before lighting it. The rich tobacco was fragrant while still being on the mild side. It hinted of a nice cigar experience about to begin.
I was bit surprised that the flavor was a bit milder than I expected, although definitely enjoyable. However, the taste of the Dominican Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar is noticeably different from those from Cuba, as would be expected. Others have called the flavor robust but I have to disagree. While I do think it is rolled with some of the highest quality tobacco, I don’t find the heavy spice flavor associated with a robust cigar. Instead, I find the flavor of the Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar to be slightly mild with a vanilla tinge and a fairly creamy texture.
The only flaw I came upon was that, once lit, the draw was no longer perfectly even. I attributed this to the fact that it didn’t burn as even as other high quality (and much costlier) cigars.
There was a noticeable change in flavor about half way through. This is where others must find the robust flavor as the taste changed from the creamy vanilla to more of a cedar or dried wood tang.
As an over all cigar, it was enjoyable. And yes, I did burn it to below the ring. As I noted, the flavor did become heavier for the second half but it too was enjoyable. The best way I might describe the Dominican Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar is two-tone cigar that may not improve as it is smoked but once you sit back and start enjoying, it really is a quality cigar. It’s really not practical to compare the Dominican Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar or ‘exile cigar’ to the legendary Cuban version. This silk wrapped version presents a splendid sweet aroma to the nose and a creamy finish to the mouth that tells you that although not a Cuban, you are smoking one of the world’s high quality cigars.
As for the Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar’s value for money, I’d rate the value high. If you are a rich man, you might choose to take a trip to Havana to enjoy a Monte Cristo Cigar on your favorite beach. But for those of us that live within budgets, the Dominican version of the Double Corona Monte Cristo Cigar is affordable while being among the better cigars of the world.
Honest cigar reviews rating – 8.8