The Monte Pascoal is a sturdy Brazilian Puro featuring a lovely Mata Fina wrapper. The wrapper is dry and incredibly toothy. The full length is the color of light cocoa with some noticeable veins. It is very well rolled with no soft spots but has a very thin cap which begins to unravel in the last 3rd.
Flavor & Cold Draw
The wrapper smells of sweet oats and barley with a hint of citrus. The cold draw is slightly tangy with lots of pepper and spice and a faint after taste of citrus. Once lit, there are flavors of nuts, oats, and earth. The wrapper tastes somewhat salty after being lit. The flavor profile is unique and complex but much milder than expected considering the cold draw. There is not even a hint of spice or pepper on the first third; it only reappears in the final third.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics
The burn is incredibly even throughout the entire stick. The ash is a dark gray and hangs on for a good 2 inches, almost half the length of the cigar. The draw is easy and produces thick clouds of smoke. The cigar burns slowly and the total smoking time was close to an hour even though it was a short stick.
I have never smoked a Brazilian Puro before but I was pleasantly surprised. The Monte Pascoal is a very well-made and sturdy cigar. The flavor profile is incredibly complex and unique which makes for a very enjoyable smoking experience. I rate it as a strong 8 and would recommend it to anyone who wants to expand their smoking repertoire.