On my roadtrip through the east coast of the United States in the spring of 2009 I met a nice gentleman that showed up at a herf that some friends in Alabama threw for us. The gentleman is part of the Cigar asylum community and a close friend to some of the moderators, who told him to come to the herf and smoke with us, even though we never met or even talk on the forum. And I was glad he did show up, not just for the crazy amount of aged Cubans he gave the traveling party, but also for his companionship. It was a great night near Fort Rucker, Alabama. One of the cigars he gave all of us was a Montecristo #4 Reserva, a cigar that was released in 2007 from three year aged tobacco in a limited production of 5000 boxes of 20.
The wrapper is nice, mild oily, smooth and quite dark for a Cuban cigar with one big vein running over it. The cigar has a double band, but just as with the Montecristo Open series, the second band doesn’t match the classic brown and white Montecristo label. I don’t smell anything. The construction feels good and the predraw is just fine.
I taste classic Cuban leather and earth with some toast. After half an inch I don’t taste earth and toast anymore but just leather with some nuts, mild spicy but smooth.
Halfway I taste wood with some leather and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I get some herbs, nuts and that sweetness. The cigar is quite flat, but with flavors like this, I don’t mind.
The 5.1×42 cigar lasts me for an hour and I got a nice amount of smoke. I had to correct the burn in the beginning but the draw was great. The ash is dark and coarse but firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Great cigar, but way to expensive with a €24 a stick pricetag here in The Netherlands, so no
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10