Real Cuban Knock-offs Montecristo No.2
The Real Cuban Knock-Offs brand is from Jose Dominguez, master blender for Victor Sinclair. As the name implies, it is intended to replace the coveted Montecristo No.2 Cuban cigar. Does this knock off compare to the real thing? I couldn’t tell you.
Binder: Corojo Dominican
Filler: Corojo, Criollo 98 and Vuelta Abajo Dominican
Size: 52 x 6
Price: – ???
Pre-smoke & Construction:
Giving the cigar a quick once over, the wrapper looked pretty veiny with a couple large ones running throughout. Sniffing the wrapper smelled like cedar, and the foot smelled earthy along with cedar. When squeezing the cigar, I found a couple soft spots near the head. The pre-light draw had some resistance, and tasted a little earthy. The burn required quite a few corrections, and the ash held on for about an inch.
The first third began with a simple, smooth earthy taste. It was very similar to a soil. Slight woody notes entered as this third came to a close. Simple, but enjoyable.
The second third held that earthy base flavor. The woody flavors were pretty consistent as well. The final flavor that appeared reminded me of coffee. I was left with a parched, cotton mouth feeling and found myself drinking a lot of water. It wasn’t bad, but I found myself getting bored.
That earthy taste continued in the last third, but woody flavors would take over, then take a back seat again. Again, I was left feeling parched, and drank a lot of water. The coffee notes went away for the most part, and a strange flavor took it’s place at times. It reminded me of soap. Once that happened, I decided to put this stick down.
The simple flavor profile was decent and enjoyable, but I found myself getting bored as I progressed. I’m not sure if it was just my mood or what, but this cigar just didn’t do it for me. They claim this is a full bodied cigar. I disagree and would call it medium. Overall, the experience was just OK and nothing more.
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