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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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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