Two giants in the industry meet in the center of the ashtray to duke it out in a battle of the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped heavyweight class of cigars. We are bringing 5 of each cigar to our Connecticut 660 Face-Off: Monte White vs. San Lotano for a total of 10 tasty morsels of smoking pleasure. Let us take a moment to learn a bit more about each of our heavyweights in this battle royale bout!
In the Green and Gold Band; we have the San Lotano Connecticut Gran Toro, a creation from the likes of a relatively new guy on the block in A.J. Fernandez. A.J. Fernandez is renowned the world over for his tobacco knowledge, and this plays well because he also has a fairly diverse group of tobaccos for each of the San Lotano blends. For the lightest version of San Lotano, A.J. Fernandez chose a shade grown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Honduran binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. From far away, you can identify the cigar thanks to its sheen. Flavors start a bit mixed, but quickly sort themselves out with earth up front over aged tobaccos, nuts, cedar, spices and creaminess. It is not your typical Connecticut, with a flavor that would come from a much darker wrapper, but the strength is still in the medium range. For those looking for a lighter version of A.J.'s popular new line, San Lotano Connecticut delivers where it counts most, flavor.
In the White Band, we have one of the longest standing heavyweight champions this class of cigars has ever seen, in the Montecristo White Magnum Especial. To make a mild cigar with this much flavor is a hard task, but Montecristo’s White Label pulls it off. A flavorful blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos are bound by a Nicaraguan binder. The beauty of this stick comes from the Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper leaf. Pale, creamy, and perfect are three words which would describe it. A razor-sharp edge and the perfect smooth draw was present from beginning to end. Montecristo White had a delightful note of spice at first light but quickly mellowed into very creamy smoke. Sometimes when a smoker sees a mild cigar, it can be at the expense of flavor, but the Montecristo White is an unusual exception. The creamy plethora of smoke which this stick provides is a perfect companion to a morning cup of coffee.
This Connecticut 660 Face-Off Cigar Sampler includes the following:
5 – San Lotano Connecticut Gran Toro – 6” x 60
5 – Montecristo White Magnum Especial – 6” x 60