Monte Pascoal

I was recently sent a few samples, three Robustos and three Double Coronas, of the Monte Pascoal. These cigar are Brazilian puros and feature both Mata Fina and Mata Norte tobacco. I’ve had a good experience with Mata Fina tobacco in the past, so I was looking forward to trying these cigars.

Name: Monte Pascoal
Company: Tabacos Mata Fina Ltda
Made In: Cruz das Almaz, Brazil
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina & Mata Norte
Comes in: Box of 25
Vitola: Robusto(5 7/8″ x 50) & Double Corona (7 5/8 x 49)

For this review I smoked through two Robustos and two Double Coronas over the last several weeks. Then I sat down on Masters Sunday and smoked through my final two samples back to back.

The Monte Pascoal comes in cellophane and is dressed in a classically designed band. The wrapper is a medium shade of brown and has a dry velvety feel. There are a few veins that lace themselves around the wrapper adding additional texture to the cigar. Pre-light aroma on the wrapper was reminiscent of a barnyard, which is probably my favorite pre-light aroma. The filler tobacco had a slightly more woody aroma. (Below is a picture of the Robusto at the halfway point.)

The construction of these cigars was top notch. The wrapper was tightly turned around dense and evenly packed filler tobacco. The cigar was finished off with a traditional triple cap. (Below is a picture of the robusto as I neared the end.)

Both the Robusto and Double Corona provided plenty of smoke through an effortless draw. The cigar burned evenly from beginning to end without the aide of any touch-ups. These cigars also smoked slowly. The Robusto lasted me 55 minutes while the Double Corona lasted just over 2 hours. With that in mind I can say that the nice construction I noticed during the pre-light were positive indicators of how the cigar would perform. (Below is a picture of the Double Corona shortly after lighting.)

Off the light, both vitolas started off with a medium body. The flavors were an even mix of hay and wood. There was also a touch of cinnamon that presented itself mostly through the retro-hale. The biggest difference, flavor wise, between these two vitalas was in the finish. The Robusto had a longer finish with flavors that reminded me of herbal tea. The Double Corona, on the other hand, had a much shorter finish that presented a muted chocolate flavor. (Below is a picture of the Double Corona as I neared the end.)

Overall, I’d have to say that the Monte Pascoal is an enjoyable cigar, it just didn’t have that “WOW” factor. Construction was impeccable and the flavors left me interested enough to smoke through an entire Double Corona. To me this is a good cigar that I could see myself enjoying any time of the day, and foresee many more being burned on the golf course this summer. Bur first I’ll need to figure out where I can buy these locally.

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If you try alot of cigars, there’s always “good but not great” cigars. That said, nothing wrong with these, and with a little aging they might improve, too.

Good point TriMarkC. I meant to say that I saw some aging potential with these cigars. Thanks for the input.

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