Back in 2010 I was at the IPCPR Trade show in New Orleans, LA and was handed a few of these cigars. I set them with the rest of the samples into my humidor and quite frankly forgot about them. I kept seeing them peek out in the humidor and thought to myself “I haven’t tried one of them, nor have I ever seen anything on them”. So I figured to try it and let ya’ll know what I thought of it.
This is from Blue Mountain Cigars from Esteli Nicaragua. Blue Mountain Cigars have been in the cigar business since early 1995. Ran by Marvin Wright and his Jacqueline, Marvin has a history of tobacco. His father grew it, and when Marvin grew up he moved to Cuba to learn more about cigars. Eventually, Marvin landied in Jamaica to build the company of Blue Mountain Cigars. Reading into the name “Montana Azul” and looking at the band. I think the band looks like the blue (Azul) skyline of Montana, but thats just a hunch.
First Looks: The cigar looks very well. A nice smooth wrapper with tight roll lines and no tooth. The band is a little flashy and shinny. Im not into flashy and shinny bands; I like a more “classical” band. But we don’t smoke the band, so I’ll get away from it. The overall feal of the cigar is nice. No soft or hard spots the length of the cigar. The wrapper has a light wood & cedar aroma to it. The prelight draw is good with about 1/4″ cut off the torpedo tip.
Going into the second third, some flavors of cinnamon and cedar flavors overpowered the faint woody notes. The flavors are pretty mild, mellow and creamy; not too overpowering. Around the halfway point, there seems to be a hint of sweetness to the smoke with a slight spice creeping up as well. The sweetness reminded me of a vanilla flavor. Its not a bold vanilla, but it is noticeable.
Getting into the final third the cedar flavors are the main notes. The cedar is accompanied with some nice creamy spice. Its not a bold spice as why I call it “creamy”. I like a creamy type of spice, I am not a fan of a bold, kick in the teeth type of spice. Around the band, it got a weird “twang” to it that I didn’t care for at all, so I decided to lay it to rest.
I suggest you look at Blue Mountain Cigars, they have quite a few lines, wrappers, and shapes of cigars. From unbanded naked cigars, triple wrapped, to Culebras.