Box Check - Montecristo Petit Edmundo ROL MAY 13

A check into how a recent box of Montecristo Petit Edmundo is currently smoking.

The Petit Edmundo has been the most successful regular production release in the last ten years within the Montecristo range. The Montecristo Open range has been panned by smokers and retailers alike, whilst its bigger brother, the Edmundo disappointed aficionados with its muted flavour profile on launch, and has never really recovered since even though the quality of production has improved over the last five or so years.

One of my goto smokes, the Montecristo Petit Edmundo is my ideal Sunday morning smoke. After a large English breakfast, there's nothing more satisfying than to puff away on a Petit Edmundo, paired with a strong black coffee whilst watching The Sunday Politics on television. Anyway, enough of my Sunday morning habits…. onto how my new box purchase has been performing.

Montecristo Petit Edmundo - Box Code ROL MAY 2013

I recently purchased a box containing ten Petit Edmundo's, with a box code of ROL MAY 2013. The Petit Edmundo has a fine reputation for its consistent build and blend, along with the fact that the Cigar can be smoked whilst relatively young. I have smoked boxes with as little as seven months of age on them, and have been impressed with the flavour profile is already performing excellently. With this in mind, I felt confident enough to smoke two samples from the box over the span of two weeks, to determine how the Cigars would perform overall with only seven months of age. I have written my findings on how both Cigars smoked below.

The first Petit Edmundo I smoked had a perfect draw, along with a great burn. All the flavours I expected were present - deep espresso, hints of dark chocolate. However, the youth of the Cigar was definitely present. There was that bitterness, a dirty harshness, along with some greenness. Although I enjoyed the Petit Edmundo, it was plain to see that the Cigar could do with another eight to ten months of ageing to allow those unsavoury flavours to evaporate. A good first outing, with all the flaws of youth present. A good 87 points.

The second Petit Edmundo I smoked was not in the same league as the first. The draw was too loose, resulting in a Cigar that burnt too quickly. This naturally affected the flavour profile of the Cigar. Deep roasted, burnt flavours dominated my palette. The flavours I expected were drowned out in a whirlwind of unsavoury tones that made it a chore to smoke the Cigar. A disappointing outing for a Cigar that usually performs very well, regardless of it's age. No marks awarded.

So, what have we learnt? Both Petit Edmundo's hint towards the fact they they need rest in order for them to lose the harshness that was present. I get the feeling that if I smoked the rest of the box tomorrow (and believe me I would if I had the chance, regardless of how they performed!), I would be herfing a box of frogs, each one performing seemingly erratically in comparison to the next. One Cigar perfect, the next harsh and bitter, the next muted and sloth-like. The box definitely needs time to settle.

In conclusion, a box that is hinting towards needing another year of rest for the Cigars to settle. However, unfortunately for the box, in order to continue with this experiment, I will revisit again in two months to see how the next Petit Edmundo performs.

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