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Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez by Montecristo Cigars

Vitola: Torpedo
Length: 6.0
Gauge: 50

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican Pilotico, Nicaraguan
Blender/Creator: Grupo de Maestros
Factory: Tabacalera de Garcia
Country: Dominican Republic
Purchase Source:
Date Purchased: September 1, 2021
Price: $2.40
Date Smoked: October 24, 2021
Quantity: 5

Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez by Montecristo Cigars

COVID-19 Day 580
 Dominican Pilotico, Dominican Republic, Ecuadorian: Sumatra, Montecristo Cigars, Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez, Torpedo I was so looking forward to sparking this Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez by Montecristo Cigars for the second time today… for the most part, I was happy with it, but I had some soft spots at the first third all the way through the second third that impeded some of the cigar’s performance. But, nonetheless, I was able to eke out some of those tobacco flavors that I remembered from my first experience with this last month (September 2021).

Once lit, creamy cedar, coffee, and leather tobacco flavors come to me from this beast of a Toro with a retrohale of soft lambskin leather. I’m struggling a bit with the spongy draw as I can’t seem to get a full mouthful of smoke and I don’t want to overwork it and get a hot cigar… Let’s see what the second third brings.

At the second third, I’ve discovered a major patch of a soft spot that explains my spongy draw… From this come full-on leather tobacco flavors that I’m lovin! The retrohale now has some white pepper spices joining the leather…

I’ll keep an eye on what I have left of these to make sure there are no soft spots on the next one I choose from the TupperDor.

Smoke Time: 2-Hours

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COVID-19 Day 545
Today was my first time with this Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez by Montecristo Cigars (José “Pepe” Mendez) and I know I’ll be fantasizing about this until the next time I get to smoke it!

The first thing that I noticed was that this Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez is a weighty cigar… I guess stuffed to the brim with the featured “Pilotico” filler tobacco…

Once lit, easy smoke comes and eases any trepidation I may have had for this cigar’s inaugural journey. Creamy chewy natural tobacco flavors with a slightly sweet finish of dominant leather tobacco flavors with a pretty soft/mild retrohale. At the second half, some black pepper shows up and that’s fine with me.

This Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez was love at first puff! More Please!

I can’t wait to smoke this cigar again.

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Stay Chill

The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Medium
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Complex
Value: Good
Overall Rating (1-5): 3

The Cigar

Chocolate: 1
Coffee: 2
Cream: 2
Earthy: 4
Leather: 2
Pepper: 3