For a premium cigar, there’s no greater test than a blind tasting of 30 of the best cigars around. When Cigar & Spirits* magazine conducted just such a challenge, the Montecristo Epic rose to the occasion with an astounding score of 94, the highest of all cigars rated. Two other Altadis U.S.A. smokes, the SLR Gen 2 and the H. Upmann Legacy, also received high ratings. Read what Cigar & Spirits had to say, and make sure to try these excellent cigars next time you visit your local tobacconist.
The Montecristo Epic
“Blended with a select Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and a special selection of vintage filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, this is a very smooth medium to full-bodied cigar. The excellent construction allows for a perfect draw and great burn. Rich flavors of coffee and chocolate mix for a slightly sweet and savory cigar with a nice aroma.”
H. Upmann Legacy
“The Legacy is blended with an attractive and dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper leaf, a Nicaraguan binder, and filler from both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Full bodied, this new cigar to the H. Upmann line is made using 2008 tobaccos grown from heirloom seeds. Complex full flavors of leather, wood and spice are apparent, along with some sweetness. The great draw provides plenty of smoke.”
SLR Gen 2
“The Saint Luis Rey Gen2 is blended with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, binder from Nicaragua and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. This cigar is much more full-bodied than it appears at first glance, and provides plenty of earthy full flavored smoke. An abundance of spice is apparent, as are some subtle notes of espresso and cedar in this newly launched cigar.”
*Source: Cigar & Spirits Magazine Collector’s Issue 1008