Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$30 each (very hard to find)
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Montecristo No. 4 Reserva were released in 2007 in very limited quantities (only 5.000 boxes were made) in tribute to the best-selling Cuban cigar ever, Montecristo No. 4. I got mine courtesy of TopCubans.com and I was very eager to try it out. Needless to say, they have become very hard to find since 2007.

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Montecristo Especial No. 1

Montecristo Especial No. 1

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Grand Panatela
Size : 192 x 15.08 mm (7 1/2 x 38)
Ring : 38
Weight : 10.29 g
Box code : LSO OCT 05
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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It's not often that I decide to go for a panatela. This time, it wasn't really my decision because I smoked this cigar (more precisely, three cigars) at my friend's house who owns a box dated 2005. Montecristo Especial No. 1 is a grand panatela, over 7 inches long, with a ring gauge of 38. It is not as long as the monster Montecristo A, but still requires well over one hour to finish, depending on your pace.

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Montecristo No. 2

Montecristo No. 2

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Torpedo (Piramide)
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Box code : RAO JUN 06
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15/piece
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One of the most complex and flavorful cigars out there, the Montecristo No. 2 definitely has reputation beyond repute. I must say that it deserves this reputation, because this is a truly wonderful cigar when properly aged and if there are no construction issues.

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Montecristo Edmundo

Montecristo Edmundo

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Robusto/Toro (Edmundo)
Size : 135 x 20.69 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 15 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14/piece
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After smoking the Petit Edmundo, I decided to review its bigger brother, Montecristo Edmundo.
Why is this cigar called Edmundo? It is named after Edmundo Dantes, hero of Alexandro Dumas' famous novel "The Count of Montecristo". It has this classic, bitter-sweet, tangy flavour that has made Montecristo the world's most popular Havana cigar brand.

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Montecristo Petit Edmundo

Montecristo Petit Edmundo

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 20.6 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 11 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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When I want to treat myself, I reach for a Montecristo Petit Edmundo. Masculine, powerful and complex, this is one my favorite Cubans. In response to Karen's review of Partagas SdC No. 2, I can say that it feels so much better to hold and smoke this fat 52-ring gauge monster, even if the flavor richness is probably on the same level.

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Montecristo Seleccion Piramide

Montecristo Seleccion Piramide

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$25 each
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This Montecristo belongs to the Seleccion Piramides Series, a limited edition of 5 Cuban piramides released in 2003. You can get yours here.

An incredibly beautiful smoke, the Montecristo Seleccion Piramide was completely different from the previously reviewed Cohiba which I also found excellent. If you have already tried a Montecristo No. 2 you probably know what to expect out of this one - creamy and smooth flavors, soothing yet entertaining. All of this with impeccable look and construction.

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Montecristo No. 4

Montecristo No. 4

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : 7.40€/each
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In the days to come, I will be publishing a few reviews of cigars that I smoked during my stay in Dubai, UAE. I must say that I was pretty disappointed when I found out that Cuban cigars there cost even more than in France (considering that a pack of cigarettes is 5 times cheaper). That's why I only smoked one Cuban cigar and that's the Montecristo No. 4. According to some sources, this is the most sold cigar in the world (I know for sure that this is the second best-selling cigar in France, behind the Partagas Serie D No. 4). It is considered as one of the big classics.

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Montecristo No. 5

Montecristo No. 5

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.87 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Hand-Made
Price : 6.30€/each
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The tiny Montecristo No. 5 pleasantly surprised me. I discovered great taste variations in this 30-minutes smoke - I don't know how they managed to pack all of these flavors in such a short stick, but I am sure happy they did.

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