Montecristo (Habanos)

Montecristo Sublime

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I got this Cuban cigar from a member of a Dutch board that is a true Cuban aficionado, and I’m quite the opposite. It’s a 6½x54 limited edition from 2008.
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The wrapper is shiny yet with a lot of pimples and a big vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard aroma. The cold draw is good, spicy and floral.
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I taste a floral flavor with coffee and an earthy tone. After a centimeter its floral with sweetness and some cedar in the aftertaste with some herbs.
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After a third I taste floral flavors with herbs and a mild sweetness that don’t change until the 2/3rd mark where I taste the floral with some leather. The floral flavor gains strength with the leather on the background and herbs with the floral flavor as the aftertaste.
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The smoke time was an hour and forty five minutes with a good draw and a lot of smoke. The light gray ash is firm. I would consider this cigar medium in both flavor and body with an ok burn. There isn’t a lot of evolution in this cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nope!

Appearance: 8
Construction: 7
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 8

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Montecristo open eagle

Not too long ago, Habanos released the Montecristo Open series which is meant for starters on the cigar market, a milder cigar without the complexity you get from a lot of other Cuban cigars. The cigar were highly criticized when they were released, but when I smoked the Montecristo Open Junior some time ago, I couldn’t help but to like the cigar. And yes, it is a simpler and milder cigar, great for a starter, and considering the flavor palate I even wonder if this is a Cuban puro. A friend gave me this beautiful looking tube with a Montecristo Open Eagle, the tube looks top notch, but once you open it you see that horrible combination of the brown & white Montecristo band and the green & gold ‘Open’ band, it hurts your eyes.
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The Eagle is a robusto extra aka geniales, a 5.9×54 cigar with a light colored and heavily veined wrapper. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell and a good construction. The draw is a bit loose and a mild and dry tobacco flavor.
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I taste cedar with some pepper, the flavors are a tiny bit sweet and mild. After an inch I taste cedar with a herbal aftertaste.
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After a third I taste cedar and nuts with some pepper and halfway it’s just a lot of nuts with a bit of pepper. After two thirds I taste herbs and pepper and near the end the cedar returns.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. It gave me lots of thick smoke. The draw is a bit loose and the burn a bit crooked. The ash is dark but firm. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. It smoked so fast, it looks like a medium filler, but it is not.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this is a beginner cigar and I am passed that point.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Montecristo #4 reserva

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.
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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.
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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.
110805montecristoreserva43Halfway 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.
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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.
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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

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Montecristo open junior

Habanos SA release the Montecristo Open series last year to lure in the novice cigar smokers. The Montecristo Open series is a mild blend that is easy on the not experienced smoker that might be turned off by the power that some Cuban cigars can pack. And from day one I heard horror stories from my cigar smoking friends, they could not discover any flavors or even noticed green leaves in the cigar which means that the cigars are released way too young. I stayed away from these cigars, but one showed up in a cigar pass
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The wrapper has a nice milk chocolate color with some minor veins. The whole color scheme of the bands is awful, the green and gold band from the Open series doesn’t match with the traditional brown and white Montecristo band. I also notice that the foot of the cigar is crooked, the cigar looks like the famous tower of Pisa, this must be a cigar produced on a monday morning after a heavy night in the town by the roller. The construction feels good though but the predraw is tough. The cigar doesn’t have a lot of aroma, just a faint bit of hay.
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I can taste an earthy flavor, stronger than I expected, although the strength fades to almost none pretty quickly. After half an inch I can taste a mild leather flavor and half an inch later the flavors are typical Cuban, leather and earthy, and the strength is medium strong.
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After ⅔ I get a very mild chocolate aftertaste. The leather is becoming the dominant flavor and the chocolate disappears again. The flavor strength is getting close to full now.
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The draw is a bit hard and therefore I only get a poor amount of thin smoke. The ash is dark but firm. The burn is ok and I would rate his cigar mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. It lasted me an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so, even though I kind of liked this cigar.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Montecristo Edicion Limitada 2006

This 2006 limitada robusto by Montecristo is an appealing cigar with its nice dark wrapper and just a few slight veins. The cigar hardly produces any aroma. The size is 5×50 and the cigar feels well constructed. The predraw was a bit easy and releases a light flavor of raisin.
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I taste a recognizable Cuban leather flavor with some grassy flavor added. After an inch the grassy flavor disappears and it’s just leather. At 2/3rd of the cigar some cedar wood joins the leather. Flavor wise this cigar isn’t very interesting
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The cigar produces a lot of smoke and a light colored firm ash. The draw is fine. This is a medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Montecristo offers better cigars in their regular production

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Montecristo #1

This Montecristo #1 is a 6.3 inch ring 40 cigar with an oily wrapper with small veins, a light aroma and a good construction.

Smooth soft leather with a bit of pepper is what I taste. Not much of a development in the flavor department at the start. The pepper disappears soon and the leather becomes a bit bitter. After finishing about half the cigar the leather suddenly grows in strength and a nutty flavor supports the leather. The cigar slowly grows in strength and I could even taste a grassy flavor. The finale is wood, toast and nutty.

The smoke is fine, the draw is good and the ash is dark. No complaints about the burn.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I prefer other sizes.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Montecristo edmundos

The Montecristo Edmundo is a well known cigar with a good reputation, and not without a reason. The 135mm long ring 52 cigar has a rough appearance, oily wrapper with lots of veins, a distinct stable aroma and an easy predraw.

The first flavor is coffee with toast but after a few puffs it’s replaced by the typical Cuban leather flavor and a small pepper on the palate… The pepper soon disappears but the leather stays noticeable. Halfway the cigar the leather is replaced by a creamy chocolate. The creamy chocolate and Cuban leather keep on replacing each other. At the end of the cigar, right before the late turning point, the creamy chocolate is accompanied by a pepper on the lips.

The Montecristo Edmundo is full flavored and full bodied, the smoke could be a bit richer. Too bad that the burn was a bit crooked.

Would I buy this cigar again? Probably, but not complete boxes, just an occasional single

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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