I have been buying some limited edition Cubans lately, and the Montecristo 520 Edicion Limitada 2012 is the newest arrival. Of course it needed a tasting right away, so tonight I´ve been sitting on the patio puffing away. Autumn is clearly coming, and the evening chill just about permitted sitting outside for the hour+ it took to smoke this impressively sized cigar. Quite thick with a ring gauge of 55. The 520 in the name is referring to the anniversary of the arrival of Cuban tobacco in Europe, brought back by Columbus.
The cigar is very well made, firm and fully packed. The wrapper has a pleasant oiliness and this particular one with some prominent veins. Fairly light smell of tobacco, and the pre-light draw with just a mild tobacco taste with some hints of leather. All very promising. The burn was slightly uneven but didn´t need any top-ups. Tastewise I was a bit surprised at the initial harshness, something that lingered all through the cigar. A strong, almost chili-like pepper character, stinging at the back of the throat. There wasn´t that much change in the taste profile during the smoking, and it mostly kept up a strong spiciness that overwhelmed any attempts at complexity. For someone like me who´s not very used to medium to full-bodied cigars this was a pretty heady smoke, almost making my head spin at the end. Summing it up this one was not an altogether pleasant smoke. A bit too strong and harsh for my tastes. It might be that I´m not used to this type of cigar, or else they might need some more maturing to reach full potential. I believe in the latter option and look forward to trying them again in a year or so. There´s a whole box of them, so that´s not going to be a problem.