19 responses

  1. MaledettoToscano
    January 12, 2010

    You are a brave and optimistic person, giving the Open another chance :-)

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  2. MB
    January 12, 2010

    If Debbie Downer did cigar reviews I expect it would go much like this one. Sorry for the bummer smoke but thanks for the warning.

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  3. dj
    January 12, 2010

    Cuba. Eight bones. That hurts.

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  4. Grinder
    January 17, 2010

    Methinks Inspector got lucky as I got unlucky and got one with no draw. I could actually feel that the rolling was too tight and no amount of playing would loosed it. Result – a bit of a Montecristo spiciness but no smoke at the business end. Perfect for doctors and oncologists. I have since found out that the shop these (Master and Regata) were purchased in is receiving a dodgy supply but no matter – they were recommended to my wife as a good Christmas gift for a cigar smoker. Thank God I had a couple of Edmundos put aside.

    Anyway – fully second Inspectors assessment – these are little more than stage props for non-smokers as they would do little to encourage the beginner to venture further.

    Avoid.

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  5. tobacmon
    February 2, 2010

    Really bad to hear that this was a disappointing cigar. Though it looks awesome looks can be deceiving–sorry to ear of your disappointment.I was hoping this would be a great smoke!

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  6. Grinder
    February 2, 2010

    My local cigar specialist is of the opinion that these could be like the Edmundo – initially not great but they later hit on a winning blend – and reckons his current batch are far better than the earlier shipments.
    Best wait for others to review the later batches before committing again. There are far more reputable smokes available for the money. Maybe Montecristo could send out free tasting samples ???

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  7. J.H
    March 19, 2010

    I got a box of these Open Ragata from Puroexpress.com Everything looks legit but I don’t really like the taste of those. I don’t know if I got a box of fakes or it is just not that good! Anyone uses Puroexpress.com? I even ran the black light to get the seal, it does have the watermark on it…. Just the cigars don’t taste that great compare to other cubans I tried!

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  8. Inspector
    March 19, 2010

    @J.H
    Well, as you can see from my review, I didn’t really like those cigars. And neither did other aficionados I know. I don’t think the cigars are fake, that’s just how they taste.

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  9. cigardentist
    March 30, 2010

    Hi,
    I received a box of Punch Double Coronas from Puro Express March 24,2010.I am a long time smoker of cuban cigars & bought a lot of my cigars everywhere I travel at La Casa del Habanos.The box that I got did not close properly & the cigas are have a slightly bigger ring gauge.The markings on the bottom are ink stamps instead of the depressed heat seals.The parch paper inside the box is smooth & should have a texture & the lettering should be felt when you run your fingers over them.Also the goverment seal is slightly off-color & again smooth to touch.The cigars are rolled with Cuban tobacco but are not “factory” issue.Do not be fooled by the cheap prices.These do not taste like the boxes of Punch double coronas that I have smoked. If any of these show on your order,then they are not legit.
    Dr N

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  10. SuprHasan
    September 21, 2010

    I had the same experience with the Open Junior.
    Totally tasteless, uninspiring and blad smoke. I was SO disappointed. Looks like they screwed up this blend BIG TIME!!

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  11. meneer
    October 5, 2010

    Just a bad copy of Monte2,too mild for a MC,evanescent,maybe a good Dominican…like all the open regata line,a good smoke for beginers

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  12. PTY
    August 9, 2011

    Is it better than Dominicans, nicaraguans, etc.. Yes
    Is it close to an Edmundo…like walking from your house to Neptune…
    I got a box, first ones were ok, after some months in humi, got ok+, last ones just sitting there as “use in case of emergency” cigar. Get Edmundos, much better”

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  13. Arie
    October 28, 2011

    I had it lately, and I almost got sick of it.. I never smoked a cuban cigar, and I planned never to do it agian.. Good to know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t like it :)

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  14. Milo
    January 5, 2013

    I’ll second the opinion that it is a horrible cigar.
    I tried them fresh out of the box, then I had a couple after keeping them for 2 months in the humi and then another two after 6 months in the humidor.
    The last 2 that I smoked where OK, but not nearly as good as the original Montecristo n. 2 even straight out of the box.
    Great looks, overly tight draw, blah taste.
    I gave away the rest, for life is too short to waste it on bad cigars.

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  15. crap
    January 28, 2014

    These are not that great have 2 more but more likly to give away and keep the Cohibas for me.

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  16. Seedeater56
    July 5, 2014

    Ok, I have resolved to give all the Open Series a shot and I want to continue with the Open Regatta here (I’ve posted on the Master):

    Appearance and build quality both were very nice. The wrapper had a pleasant sheen to it and the pre light aroma was great.

    I tend to use a punch for the end cap on my smokes and that was perhaps an error on this occasion, as the torpedo tip really needs to be cut a fair little way in.

    The toast was easy, the burn ready and very even. A beautifully cool and smooth smoke with the cigar keeping together wonderfully (unlike the Master!). As I said, I’d used a punch and consequently not gone down the cap particularly far. As a result, the narrow opening dis get soggy and the draw became laborious. I used a knife to take another quarter inch off and everything got beautifully smooth again.

    The flavour is actually quite uncomplicated. A little salty on the lips and some sweet notes coming through, but there was not a great deal going on and I kept looking to see if I was actually drawing anything in; I was, it’s just that it was a little bit bland.

    Maybe ideal for a beginner or early afternoon smoke with a gentle drink. Definitely not a contender for a big after dinner event.

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  17. Griff
    December 11, 2014

    Oddly, I have found that the Tubos version of these are slightly better. Both the Master and Eagle were awesome out of the tubes. The box version however fell flat. I bought a box of the Masters and it was not the same cigar (yes it was a real box of cubans). It’s weird how some cigars out of the tube can differ so much from the box version.

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  18. Yiorgos
    September 12, 2015
    My review of the Montecristo Open Regata

    It has been more than three years since my first and last encounter with a Montecristo Open, and I cant say I have been eager to smoke it again… They were launched with doom and gloom presentations, targeting the novice smokers and outdoor activities. But I am not a novice smoker, and I like my cigar to have a bit of “ooomph”, so I gathered that the Montecristo Open was not for me.

    Montecristo Open Regata

    A lot has been said since; some say the blend has changed and others say that they are now great, so I decided to give it another try. I was recently given a Montecristo Regata Tubo by a friend, who also said he likes them, so I will be smoking this one tonight. The Regata is a “forum” size, an unusual thin petit belicoso, with a ring gauge of 46 and 5.3″ in length. So, lets light it up and see if the Open blend has changed at all.

    The new yellow and green tubes may be nice looking, but I am not blown away by the appearance of the cigar. The wrapper has a light brown shade and a rough, grainy feel. There are plently of prominent veins, a couple of small cracks on the leaf, and the triple cap is sloppy. The cigar feels solid, almost like a broomstick and I am starting to worry. Upon cutting it, I realize it draws like a broomstick too… Bummer! Lets light it up and see if it loosens up.

    The Regata kicks of with a pleasant sweet, coffee flavour. The draw is not helping me out at all; getting a good draw requires quite an effort, but there are some flavours there. Only a few drags and a distinctive pepperiness also shows up. But there is more surprises further down the road; a woody flavour also chimes in, covering most of the pepper, and all these within the first inch! But its not all so great; the wrapper has started to crack near the coal, with the split extending more as I smoke it. I am trying hard to get a decent draw and my jaws are already sore, but I am determined to give it a chance!

    In the second third, the Regata picks up the pace a little bit. Although tight, the draw is a bit more bearable. The body is medium and the flavours are balanced harmonically. The cigar is neither too sweet, too spicy or too woody, it has a bit of everything, without alternating dominant flavours. The ash is solid as expected and light grey in colour and falls off almost half way in the cigar, hitting a bullseye on my keyboard as usual! I wouldn’t say it s bad so far, but it seems to have started to lose some of its flavours.

    Smoking in the last third, the Regata doesn’t change much. It is still pleasant, but the more you smoke the flatter and less exciting it gets. The woody flavours are now more prominent, while a little bitterness also appears. Towards the end, the Regata starts having some burn issues and the continuous relighting affects the flavours even more. As it has started to get unpleasant, its time to put it to rest.

    Although this Montecristo Open was not as bad as the one I had when they were first launched, it’s still not great. It started of showing some promise, but it all started to go south from there on. Surely, a better draw would have helped it deliver more flavours, but it still wouldn’t have changed the fact that like all the Opens, the Regata is a tame cigar!

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  19. Beneluxor
    February 22, 2018

    Tend to go along with Yiorgos just above. More recent production seems to have improved. Tho I too was earlier disappointed by the ‘Open’ line, I recently picked up a Montecristo Regata from a 2016 box at the shop. It was partly a good cigar, with a lot of flavour interest in the first half, a changing cycle of taste including some great moments of coffee – dark cocoa – nuts, the ‘full Monty’ … tho some of that old ‘Open’ taste was there too. The second half tho was dull in flavour, getting too harsh as well, and with draw problems. Very uneven burn, canoeing, several touch-ups needed. Can’t really recommend it but they seem to be trying harder.

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