Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MONTECRISTO 520 Edicion Limitada 2012 - Pre-review

Length: 15.5 cm
Ring Gauge: 55
Factory Name: Montecristo 520
Vitola: Maravillas No.3
Type: Robusto Extra
Release Date: 4th Quarter 2012

Yes! I have finally gotten a hold of the Montecristo 520 Edicion Limitada 2012 to taste and review. As exciting as this may sound I only have one stick, so reviewing it would be unfair... for now... or until I know for sure of the exact release date of these babies!

A quick overview of the Montecristo 520 EL 2012 - It is one of the three limited edition cigars that were announced during the 2012 Habanos Festival in Cuba earlier this year in February. Montecristo 520 was made to commemorate the 520th year anniversary of discovering Tobacco in Cuba!  So lets take a closer look shall we...

At first glance with this beauty shows a very smooth mesmerizing dark brown Colorado Claro (almost Colorado Maduro) wrapper with almost minimal visible veins. Construction-wise reviles an astounding 55 gauge ring (with a different Vitola than the 2005 Habanos Collection with similar gauge size and is a little bit wider than previous releases like the Sublimes and Grand Edmuno) and a fairly tight roll. The Montecristo 520 EL 2012 offers an appetizing scent of freshly ground cocoa and coffee beans!

From personal experience, most Edicion Limitada production tend to require a fair bit of aging to truly grasp the characteristics of the blend. Once these beauty reach maturity, I bet the experience would be exquisite... just like the 2008 Sublimes or the Grand Edmunos! But I doubt I could wait to try this...


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