Ahhhhh, the warm weather of Florida. It’s our first day back from visiting our families for Thanksgiving, and though it really isn’t the “frozen tundra” we make it out to be, there was some snow on the ground and the temperatures were far below what we’re used to at home. For me, that means at least 3 layers of clothing and unfortunately, enjoying only a couple cigars during our 5-day trip. So needless to say, I’m very happy to be home, reunited with my puppy (sleeping on my feet as I smoke) and enjoying a cigar. While up north, I made the mistake of smoking a couple fuller bodied cigars after not having smoked anything for a few days. I usually have a very strong constitution when it comes to smoking strong cigars, but they left me feeling a bit woozy so I’m easing myself back into things with something on the mild/medium side of things, a Montecristo Relentless Natural.
|Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaraguan and Brazilian Mata Fina long filler
|The cigar is firm to the touch with no spongy areas. The wrapper is very smooth looking, with no visible veins. I’m getting a light earthy aroma with some cocoa off the foot of the cigar. The pre-light draw is mostly earthy with a bit of anise.|
|As I light this cigar, I get a lot of toasty flavors on the front of the palate. It may sound odd, but I can only describe the finish as somewhat bread-like in flavor. The cigar is producing some nice volumes of smoke and produces a full creamy feel in the mouth. I tend to smoke cigars a bit more quickly than some, and I find out early on with this stick that puffing too often is causing a slight sourness to develop on the finish. Once I start to take my time, the finish smooths out nicely.|
|The transition into the second third of the cigar is very smooth, with creamy flavors developing on the front of the palate and some nutty notes on the finish.|
|The final third of the cigar brings some woodsiness into the flavors both on the front of the palate and the finish. It’s a very smooth flavor though, and not harsh like some woodsy cigars can get.|
|The Montecristo Relentless Natural was an enjoyable “welcome home” for me. Though milder in body and strength, the flavors were somewhat complex and very smooth. The construction was excellent, with an easy draw and a very consistent burn. Even though I walked away from the cigar for a couple minutes here and there, the cigar stayed lit. This would make a decent morning cigar with coffee, or first cigar of the afternoon or evening.
If this sounds like a cigar you would enjoy, you can order them online here.