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The Beautifully Aged Epic Craft Cured from Montecristo

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

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.

An Epic New Cigar from Montecristo

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Coming from one of the most famous names in premium handmade cigars, the ultra-premium Montecristo Epic Craft Cured, part of the top- rated Epic line, is a sophisticated Nicaraguan puro blend designed for the well-seasoned cigar connoisseur.

What sets this Epic Craft Cured apart from the rest of the Montecristo family is the unique curing process used to create a more harmonious fuller bodied blend. Altadis U.S.A. says the tobacco components were fermented in smaller sizes pilones (stacked piles of tobacco set for fermenting) than normal. This laborious process unifies all the components, allowing the flavors of the cigar’s wrapper, binder, and filler tobaccos to marry into a more harmonious profile resulting in a more flavorful cigar.

Handcrafted by the renowned Plasencia family in their famous Nicaraguan factory, a blend of Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, Ometepe and vintage 2006 Rosado Oscuro Nicaraguan tobaccos are aged for a minimum of 10 years to create a lush, yet medium to full bodied experience.

Solidly packed with a seamless wrapper that displays a nice oily patina, you can feel the meticulous details that the artisans at Plasencia put forth in constructing this ultra-premium masterpiece.

The cigar starts medium in strength with heavy spice tones, but soon ramps up in intensity as notes of espresso, chocolate, and a leathery sweetness come into play. A long-lasting caramel finish and a luring sweet smelling aroma make the Epic Craft Cured a very rewarding smoke from start to finish. I call this type of stick a “thumb burner” because the flavors remain intensely delicious right down to the nub!

The Montecristo Epic Craft Cured line is available in three popular 52-ring sizes each presented in beautifully packaged wooden dress boxes that comes sealed with an authentic warranty seal and candle wax stamp to highlight the luxury cigars seated inside.

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