Montecristo Open – another marketing trick?

Montecristo Open

Update: here are our review of the Montecristo Open Regata and the Montecristo Open Master.

Montecristo Open is the big release of 2009, if we don't take into account Regional and Limited Editions. The idea behind the new line is to offer a blend that would seduce new, young smokers who don't have the time/skill to enjoy a classic Cuban double corona. Can we talk about a Montecristo 'Light'? Four vitolas are available - Master (classic robusto), Junior (petit panatela), Regata (petit torpedo - 46 x 135 mm) and Eagle (grand robusto). Although Habanos claims that the new line is more powerful than the classic one (the name clearly suggests otherwise), it seems like they are rather medium-bodied. The new blend already received decent grades from the cigar press like Cigar Aficionado. I will try to get some Regatas (this size looks particularly interesting) for review.

Have you tried the new Montecristo Open? What is your opinion?

Cigar Reviews of the Week #63 (Jun 20 2009)

Here is our weekly selection of cigar reviews:

Camacho Triple Maduro

Reviewed by Ryan at  The Weekly Cigar

Nice smoke except for the last third where it got bitter.
Read the full review here...

Tex Bundle

Reviewed by Adam at  Fire Up That Cigar

It is with pleasure that I learnt that our friends at Tex Cigars will soon be selling their own vitola, made by Alberto Medina of PIO cigars. Sounds like a decent bundle stick!
Read the full review here....

Deal of the week

Rocky Patel gift box - 10 cigars from Rocky Patel at $49.95 (over 37% off). Including Rocky Patel Decade and Rocky Patel Olde World.

June contest – Cigar Inspector’s survey

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Ashton VSG Illusion

Ashton VSG Illusion

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 1/2 x 44
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$10 each
More info about purchasing Ashton VSG cigars...

Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) was introduced in 1999 and it's without doubt the most successful blend of the marca. Conceived in close cooperation with Oliva and Fuente families, it is blended from Dominican tobacco aged for 4-5 years, wrapped in an Ecuadorian leaf which is slowly matured under the sunlight filtered by clouds always present in the region. It has scored countless 90+ ratings from CI/CA and is considered one of the most sought-after cigars on the market.

Read the full review of Ashton VSG Illusion...

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No. 2

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No.2

La Aroma de CubaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.8″ x 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
More info about purchasing La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial...

La Aroma de Cuba is an Ashton-owned brand. The original is an excellent Honduran made cigar available in a wide range of sizes. The artwork on the dress boxes and bands is beautiful and the presentation of the cigars is quite handsome. That goes for both the original line and the Edicion Especial. The true original La Aroma de Cuba was a Cuban-made cigar and was reported to be one of Winston Churchill's favorites which is what gives the brand name a bit of cache. This special edition of the brand is a Nicaraguan-made cigar, blended and made by the now famous and highly decorated Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. The Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper has a unique hue and oily sheen, and it covers rich Nicaraguan tobacco.

Read the full review of La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No. 2...

Camacho Coyolar Puro Super Toro

Camacho Coyolar

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 1/2 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Price : ~$5 each
More info about purchasing Camacho Coyolar cigars...

The Camacho Coyolar is a line that I seem to revisit a couple of times per year. I tend to acquire them in random ways like gifts from friends or box passes. Anyway, I've had one sitting in my humidor for a while now and felt it was time for a formal review of this cigar. This line is billed as an extra full-bodied, knock you on your ass cigar. I recall when they were first released in 2005; I was working in a tobacco store and nobody knew anything about the blend or what the cigar was called. Camacho had kept most information on this brand secret. It was rumored at the time to be called the "Say Uncle," and sold quite well.

Read the full review of Camacho Coyolar Puro Super Toro...

Panacea Black Maduro Robusto

Panacea Black Maduro Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicPanacea Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Cuban seed Seco & Ligero, Olor Dominicano & Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $106.99 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Panacea cigars...

Early last month I got excited reading some reviews on the Panacea Black and Panacea Red. Both sounded like cigars that I would really enjoy. So I added them to my ever growing list of cigars to try and then semi-unexpectedly I received a pair of Panacea Black Robusto Maduros from Paul Bush, the owner of the Flat Bed Cigar Company. (Cigar Inspector told me to watch for some samples, but I was surprised to see they were Panaceas.)

Well after a short rest in my humidor I pulled them out over the weekend for review. Here are my thoughts.

Read the full review of Panacea Black Maduro Robusto...

“Paris to Cuba” giveaway results

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