Although 8 month isn't quite enough time to be considered "aged", I still felt it was necessary to touch base with a cigar that I enjoyed so much during the later part of last year.
Slated for today was…
Size (Shape): 52 X 6.75 (Torpedo)
Estimated year of Production: 2009
Packaging: Cab (Coffin) of 13
First Third: Nothing too special. Open was very similar to a Cojonu or Reserva. Classic Tat flavors with a predominate flavor of chocolate.
Middle Third: This is where the flavors really opened up. It reminded me so much a J21, but with a little extra. "Bonfire" like flavors: wood, meat, and rich tobacco. I can honestly say that I tasted chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately the burn was a little haywire from here on out.
Final Third: Not much of a transition from the middle third. Picked up more spice. The finished seemed to go on forever.
Overall Impression: With all the hype surrounding this cigar, I was expecting something great. And I wasn't let down. Having smoked a hand-full of these, I think that they are consistent enough to be consciously considered for long term aging. Pete blended a real winner here, and I am really looking forward to his third Monster Series release.