Monte Pascoal Petit Robusto Cigar Review
Monte Pascoal cigars are limited production Brazilian puro cigars of traditional looks and impeccable construction. They are 100% expertly hand-made in Brazil using only the finest estate-grown Mata Fina and Mata Bonsucesso tobaccos from the Bonsucesso Farm of Tabacos Mata Fina. The estate is located in the city of Governador Mangabeira, in the State of Bahia, Brazil.
Brazil was “discovered” in the year 1500 by Portuguese adventurer Pedro Alvares Cabral, who landed on the southern coast of what is now known as the state of Bahia. In 1549, Portugal established the state’s capital, the port city of Salvador de Bahia. Little did the Portuguese know that Bahia was to contribute so much to the history and production of cigars. Fast-forward five centuries, and today Brazil is the world’s largest producer of tobacco, averaging more than 700 thousand tons per year. Most of Brazil’s tobacco is grown in the southern part of the country, and the best varieties (notably the prestigious Mata Finacultivar) are grown in the Reconcavo Baiano, an exceptionally fertile area along the coast of Bahia. Mata Fina is widely exported to South America, the Caribbean’s, and Europe. Many famous brands use Mata Fina for unique lines or to improve their blends. Among these: CAO (notably CAO Brazilia), H. Upmann, Altadis USA, La Aurora Preferido Maduros, Carlos Toraño Signatures, Alec Bradley Trilogy Maduros, Villiger Tobajara Brasil, and more.
This cigar has a seamless, oily and rich looking wrapper with a big pre-light smell. It was very smooth with an intriguing aroma on the wrapper and at the foot.
1st quarter: An open draw lets plenty of dense smoke into the surroundings and through to the palate. It quickly introduced some earthy notes with an underlying spice. While it was slightly bitter, some toasty notes worked themselves into the construction. 2nd quarter: This portion was very aromatic with some rich and sweet notes on the draw. Flavors mellowed down a notch with more clouds of smoke hitting the palate. For a 4” cigar, there was a lot of character and complexity present. The draw remained very consistent with a lot of earthy tones. 3rd quarter: Flavors began to increase with some wood and spice notes present in the aroma. There were also cedar notes with hints of nuttiness and earth. Its light and creamy texture also harbored some nutty flavors that were delivered straight to the palate. 4th quarter: There was a lot of spice in the nose and on the finish as it developed into a medium-body with alluring flavors and aroma.
The Monte Pascoal is an overall medium body cigar that offers big earthy tones along with dominant spicy notes. It is complex with full and smooth characters that continue to intensify throughout the smoke. Minor touch-ups were needed, but it otherwise has great construction, an even burn and a flavorful, spicy finish. It is packed with unique flavors.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Wrapper: Mata Bonsucesso (Colorado Maduro).
Binder: Mata Bonsucesso.
Filler: Mata Fina, Mata Bonsucesso (Long Filler).
Size: 4” x 50.