Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012

Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Maravillas No.3 [Robusto Extra]
Size : 55 x 155 mm (6.1 in)
Released in : 2012
Hand-Made
Price : ~12.80 Cuban Pesos (~$46.00 Canada)
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The Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012 is one of the 3 limited edition cigars announced at the 2012 Habanos Festival and was the last one to be released. The name comes from the 520th year anniversary of the discovery of tobacco in Cuba. The wrapper, filler and binder have been aged for a period of at least 2 years. My sample had a June 2012 production date box code. The Ediciones Limitadas are made with the finest tobacco leaves coming from Vuelta Abajo region, considered to be the best tobacco growing region in Cuba.

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Montecristo No. 4

Montecristo No. 4

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 x 42)
Ring : 42
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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After exchanging a few words with Inspector, I decided to review a few cigars that were not hard to find or discontinued. Of course, I decided to start with the most popular cigar in the Habanos S.A catalogue and that is the Montecristo No 4. A friend of mine had just given me one from a box that was “on” so I figured it was a perfect timing.

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Montecristo No. 1

Montecristo No. 1

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 162 x 16 mm (6.38 x 42)
Box code : TUR JUL 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each in Cuba / ~$23 each in Canada
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Today we're bringing you a guest review by Tyler of an underestimated Cuban Montecristo No. 1. Enjoy!

Standing in one of the LCDHs in Cuba I was uncertain if this was the right purchase for me. I had never tried a Montecristo No. 1 and lonsdales are not typically my first choice of cigar size. On top of that I had been having bad luck with other Montecristos during the trip. I was however intrigued by the idea of purchasing a box of cigars that had already been aged without any work on my part. I am not normally one to gamble but on that day I was feeling bold enough to make a leap of faith. Upon returning home and lighting up I was very happy with the outcome and thought a good review would be in order.

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Montecristo Petit Tubo

Montecristo Petit Tubo

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Mareva
Size : 5 x 42
Box code : BUE NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-10 each
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This cigar is basically just a tubed Montecristo No. 4, which is the best selling Cuban cigar in the world. However, some say that the Petit Tubo is generally of higher quality. This cigar is from a box of 10 that I got about 2 years ago.

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Montecristo Open Regata

Montecristo Open Regata

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Forum (smaller torpedo)
Size : 5.3 x 46 (135 x 18.26 mm)
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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When I first learnt about the new Montecristo Open blend, the Regata was the one I wanted to try the most. I fell in love with the format (it's a shorter and thinner torpedo, basically) at first sight. Then bad reviews started pouring in and I also personally contributed by describing how the Montecristo Open Master didn't live up to my expectations. I was so disappointed that I called this blend "disappointment of the year" in my recent list of the best Cuban cigars of 2009.

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Montecristo No. 5 Comparison Review

Montecristo No. 5

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.86 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Box codes : 01/07, 04/07 & 04/08
Hand-Made
Price : Locally $12.00AUD Per Stick, Online $ 5.00AUD By The Box
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This review has been done to determine the merit of resting a cigar. It entails taking three Montecristo No 5s that have rested in a well controlled humidor for 3 & 8 months and comparing them to a new, just arrived 04/08 box.

At 8 Months : This is a well rounded little cigar. Has a nice floral start but builds by the end of the first third to become a very intruiging little stick. Starts to exhibit wood (ie Oak & Cedar), Honey and floral undertones. By 2/3 the way in it has built into an upper medium bodied smoke that wants to let you know it's a Cuban. Not overpowering but definitely forceful. Burn & construction are very good. Slight linger of coffee on the palate.

At 3 Months : A nice Perla. Has a lot of ability but seems to lack some finesse. Flavour bends between leather and wood. Aftertaste is very slightly vanilla & floral.

The construction has a bit to be desired as I had to adjust numerous times. Never relit though. Short Finish.

New Box : These smell fresh and young. The one that I smoked from this box before laying them down was a nice little cigar but it lacked the great Montecristo aroma & intrigue. It became bitter towards the end and needed a lot of attention to the burn. Still, this is a great tasting cigar for one so small and young.

Overall Assesment : These are great cigars if you let them rest. I believe that you should let any cigar rest at least a month if you buy it online. From a reputable shop you should be ready to go in a week. There are exceptions though and of course ageing any good Cuban is well worth the time if you are patient enough. I struggle, like you all, to give them time! (Grinning)

Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Sublime
Size : 164 x 21.43 mm
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Considered as one of the most successful Cuban limited editions (among the recent ones), the Montecristo Sublime was released in 2008. The size, sublime, was first used by Cohiba in 2004 (for a limited edition as well). It is both fat (54 ring gauge, a monster by Cuban standards) and long (6 1/2 inches), which implies a smoking time of at least 1h30. I had one of these lying in the humidor for a few months now and was waiting for the day I would be able to dedicate enough time to fully enjoy the smoke. This day finally came and here is my review.

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Montecristo Open Master

Montecristo Open Master

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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Montecristo Open finally hit the shelves of my local B&M and, of course, I had to give them a try. Unfortunately the Regatas weren't available yet so I took a couple of Masters (classic 5x50 robustos). At well over $10 each in the B&M, it was a costly purchase and, although I wasn't expecting a flavor bomb, I was hoping for a pleasant smoking experience.

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