When picking up a box of 5 Puritos from Montecristo, you won’t be spending a lot of money but the real value begins when you light your first. Be prepared for a bit of a surprise when you take your first puff, these aren’t simple or dull by any stretch of the imagination. I’m always shocked when I smoke them and the thing that gets me is the taste, smooth as silk and quite creamy for something with such a small ring gauge. I’m always amazed that this is such a consistent cigar and the quality is what it is. How is it possible that such a light cigar can develop into a bit of a spicy journey with woody notes and a distinct coffee taste with so few tobacco leaves compared to the bigger ring gauge cousins from Cuba? The complexity in Cuban tobacco is world renown for a reason. Their soil is superior, their growing season is long and the centuries of experience can provide us with legendary smoking experiences.