Party at La Casa

Dubai’s La Casa del Ha­bano holds a spe­cial tast­ing ses­sion to cel­e­brate the launch of the new Mon­te­cristo Me­dia Corona

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Last month saw La Casa del Ha­bano in Dubai host a tast­ing ses­sion cel­e­brat­ing two stun­ning Mon­te­cristo cigars. The event also served as the re­gional launch plat­form of the new Mon­te­cristo Me­dia Corona, an­nounced by Ha­banos over the sum­mer.

A new vi­tola size, the Me­dia Corona will be in­cor­po­rated into the reg­u­lar port­fo­lio of the brand’s Linea Cla­sica.

With a ring gauge of 44 and a length of 90 mm, Ha­banos says that this new ci­gar would be suit­able for shorter smok­ing times. The Cuban tobacco gi­ant also claims that the new ci­gar would pro­vide all of the tra­di­tional flavours of a Mon­te­cristo, with a tra­di­tional medium to full-bod­ied flavour.

The vi­tola of­fers an in­tense flavour, with woody, dry and sweet touches, pro­vid­ing the smoker with an unc­tu­ous sen­sa­tion in the mouth. Ha­banos says that the Me­dia Corona is char­ac­terised by the tra­di­tional flavour of Mon­te­cristo’s Linea Cla­sica line, though it adds that the ex­cel­lent draw would be more pow­er­ful be­cause of the ci­gar’s short length.

With a nat­u­ral brown wrap­per that comes with a touch of red, the ci­gar in­cor­po­rates the new Mon­te­cristo band, which has a gold-em­bossed cen­tre. The UK mar­ket was first to re­ceive the new vi­tola, but Ha­banos says that the new stick is now avail­able across the world. It comes in stan­dard boxes of 25 cigars.

It wasn’t all new tricks at the event, how­ever. Guests were also treated to a tast­ing of the Mon­te­cristo Dou­ble Ed­mundo, which was in­tro­duced at the 2013 Ha­banos Fes­ti­val. A Dobles vi­tola, the ci­gar comes with a 50 ring gauge and a length of 155 mil­limeres. Its medium-brown wrap­per is one of the smoothest to be found on any high-end ci­gar, and it isn’t too oily to touch. Con­struc­tion is top-notch, with an evenly dis­trib­uted body and a packed foot.

In terms of its flavour, the Dou­ble Ed­mundo starts the first third with a medium-bod­ied pro­file. Notes of cedar, leather and nuts are easy enough to pick out within the first few puffs, but what’s also no­tice­able is just how thick and creamy the

smoke is—it’s ex­actly what a high end Ha­banos should de­liver. Fur­ther down the first third, you get a hint of dried fruit and grass, though they’re very minute – they do nicely to break up the monotony of the solid cedar and leather base­line.

In the sec­ond third, the ci­gar doesn’t really de­liver any­thing new, how­ever the fruity notes be­come more pro­nounced and are in­cred­i­bly well bal­anced against the leather and cedar. What’s more, the ci­gar stays firmly in medium-bod­ied ter­ri­tory, making it in­cred­i­bly easy to puff on for long pe­ri­ods of time. The burn is even and the smoke is thick – it’s just a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

In the fi­nal third, things get a lot creamier, which is no bad thing at all – you sim­ply want to lap up the flavours that the smoke is ex­ud­ing. The hints of grass re­turn, offering up a clas­sic pre­mium Cuban pro­file. Things start to get a lit­tle bit­ter to­wards the end, how­ever it’s noth­ing wholly un­pleas­ant. This is sim­ply a great ci­gar from start to fin­ish.

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