I really liked the build quality of the Monte Petit Tubo (“MPT”) – its wrapper has a dark quality to it that i suspect is the result of careful curing and ageing. Its texture is actually quite pleasant to the touch – just enough oil, it seems. It would be interesting to give this cigar a bit more time to age, perhaps making the good even better, allowing time to take advantage of its obviously high build quality. One thing i did notice, while i smoked it, was that it only required relighting once – an indication of a very even burn? It took me the better part of 2 hours to finish this cigar at a single sitting – it may be petit, but it lasted a lot longer than the RyJ No. 2.
Before smoking a cigar, i take a moment to closely smell its unburned skin; normally, i’ll draw it from end to end underneath my nose and take in the aroma that makes a cigar magical. What i noticed about the MPT is that its scent is very, very light. A simple hint of tobacco combined with a slightly woody touch. I found this strange for a cigar that is rated as “Medium” bodied. I expected a stronger scent.
Upon the first draw, i realised that the light scent is quite misleading – its a solid Medium bodied cigar. Thick, almost “silky” taste with a large dose of coffee+nuts influence. About a quarter of the way through, i realised that the cigar was leaving a “sticky” sensation at the back of my throat; it wasn’t necessarily unpleasant but i found it unusual. The aftertaste was solid, lasting and quite striking – i woke up this morning with a strong hint of it still remaining, and even at the time of this writing, the aftertaste remains noticeable. The mark of a persistent cigar is one that doesn’t allow you to forget it even after multiple brushings of the teeth and a garlic croissant breakfast with watermelon juice!
Towards the end of the cigar (last 2 inches), there was a very noticeable uptake in the sharpness in taste and aroma. Almost as though it wants to leave the strongest possible impression at the very end – i promise you, this is one cigar that you won’t forget anytime soon after.
Build quality: Excellent – dark wrapper hints at a well prepared piece of tobacco
Smell: Very, very light – belies its strength in taste
Verdict: A provider of many good draws – but i’m not necessarily convinced it deserves a spot in my Must Haves (Again!) list, partly because of the RM39 tag. Would be interested to see how a bit more ageing (2-3 years) will do to this cigar – its build quality lends to the belief that significant improvements through further ageing are possible.