Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Toro - Quick Cigar Review

Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Toro – Quick Cigar Review

Cigar Info

Back in March, announced another cigar in the line: Vintage 12. It was supposed to ship in April, but didn't hit shelves until June. The blend was created by . The Vintage 12 joins the original line, Special Seleccion '07, and the Craft Cured in the line.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian wrapper, and contains a special blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos collected during an exceptional harvest about 9 years ago. The “12” in the name comes from the year of that crop, 2012. Vintage 12 comes in boxes of 10 and each contains a certificate signed by a group of rollers from factory in La Romana, . It comes in two sizes, a 6 x 52 that sells for $17.75, and a 6 x 50 No. 2 that sells for $18.50.

Vital Stats

Vitola: 
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: 
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: 
Filler:  and
Factory: 
Blender: 
Price: $17.75
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: June 2021
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Pre-Light

This is a gorgeous dark an oily wrapper, with only a few very tiny blemishes. A nice triple cap finishes things off. From the unlit wrapper I get a musty cabinet spice mixture, a good sign. The cap shaves off without issue and the pre-light draw is mostly leather and tea.

First Third

The first few puffs are surprisingly subdued with little spice and some of the musty flavors I picked up during pre-light. Things pick up quickly and I start getting some leather and caramel flavors. Further in I start to get some oak flavors that work really well.

Second Third

In this third, I'm still getting the caramel sweetness, but now with some espresso instead of leather and oak. Further in a little dark fruit, like cherry comes through, a really nice touch. The cigar is burning like a champ and putting off a good amount of smoke. Things really hit their stride in this third, it was balanced and a nice finish that didn't over power it.

Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Toro - Quick Cigar Review

Final Third

In this third the oak flavors from the first third make an appearance again. The caramel sweetness is still around, but not quite as present. Just to mix things up a bit, towards the end I start getting some cocoa in the profile and just a hint of baking spice. The cigar finishes off surprisingly similar to where it started with caramel and leather and wood. I haven't had to touch the burn on this thing once.

Overall Impressions

This cigar was a great addition to the line from , maybe the best yet. I was a big fan of the Craft Cured, a cigar that I thought went kind of under the radar. This is just as good as that or better. The flavors were harmonious and left me wanting more and more. I really dug the caramel sweetness combined with the on an off oak flavor. The burn and draw were perfect the whole time and just added to the great experience. I will be picking up some more of these for myself, I think you should too.

Vintage 12
Summary
This cigar was a great addition to the line from , maybe the best yet. I was a big fan of the Craft Cured, a cigar that I thought went kind of under the radar. This is just as good as that or better. The flavors were harmonious and left me wanting more and more. I really dug the caramel sweetness combined with the on an off oak flavor. The burn and draw were perfect the whole time and just added to the great experience. I will be picking up some more of these for myself, I think you should too.
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