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
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.