Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
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.
The cigar feels very light in hand and sports a milk chocolate wrapper. The double band indicates that this is a special release. The Reserva exhales a sour Cubanesque aroma that hurries me to grab my cutter.
From the very beginning, the construction is impeccable. I was relieved to experience a straight burn line and a perfect draw; we all know that ISOM cigars can be completely ruined by a bad construction and I'd be pretty pissed off if it happened to the only Reserva I had.
After a spicy pre-draw, the first pulls are extremely deep, round and creamy. There is a lot of spice and earth. The salty twang is present as well. After a 1/2'' of spice domination, the cigar develops elegant notes of coffee and cocoa that will be in the bouquet until the end. The mix is very well balanced and quite powerful, medium- to full-bodied. As I advance, the main flavors are still the same (spice, coffee, cocoa and leather that appears in the second third) but the proportions significantly change. This variety makes it truly a great smoke. The final is soothing and no harshness was detected. For a 2007 release, I am impressed.
Of course, one must be a true (and wealthy) aficionado to afford a box, which will without doubt become a collector item (I suspect that it already is a collector item). I'm not sure if I will pick some up if I have a chance ($30 is quite a price tag, isn't it?) but it is worth trying at least once.
Overall Rating :
Habanos SA obviously did a good job here, picking the main Montecristo flavors and making them even richer and more profound in this one-hour smoke. I would like to thank Richard from TopCubans.com for letting me be one of the happy few who had or will have an oppotunity to light this special smoke.
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