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  1. This Corona Extra is one of the brand new Montecristo Línea 1935 which is released for commemorates the founding of the Montecristo brand. Like Cohiba Línea Behike, Montecristo Línea 1935 is also the super premium lineup too. As soon as I light it up, it begins with dominant almond, cedar, citrus, cocoa, coffee, cream, leather, milk chocolate, mocha, nut, spice, toast, twang, vanilla and wood notes followed by slight hints of earth, hay, honey, molasses, shortbread and tobacco tastes. I am impressed that the signature Montecrsito flavour profile in this cigar is more powerful and exotic than t
  2. This Petit Corona is one of the bestselling Cuban cigars in the world according to the Habanos S.A. It is also one of the Che Guevara's go to cigars who was known for involving Cuban Revolution with Fidel Castro. As soon as I cut the cap of the cigar, I can already see the noticeable pleasant flavour from the pre-draw which is not usually present on young cigars other than aged sticks. The flavours are consisted of strong coffee, cocoa, nut, tobacco followed by cream, leather, spice and bitter chocolate with some earthy note. Then, the complexity and cedar scent are added from the middle of ci
  3. Montecristo No. 5 – PGT NOV-06 (SMRW3/4) Opening Remarks: The wrapper on this aged Monte is very silky with a couple small veins going around, but nothing that feels rough and unpleasant when in your hand. The cold draw on this crusty No. 5 was a bit tight with muted flavors of tobacco and unbuttered wheat toast. I will review this in 1/2's due to its size. First Half: About 10 puffs in and the draw opens up very nicely. The flavors remain minimal with a nice silky smoke. Notes of hay and leather roll over the tongue with a pleasant little bit of white pepper on the retrohale. B
  4. Montecristo No. 2 Factory Name: Piràmides Popular Name: Torpedo Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 156 mm / 6.1 inches Diameter: 20.64 mm Strength: Medium to Full Profile: spicy, creamy, nutty I bougth this beautyful box of Montes 2 here from 24:24. Very intense barnyard aroma from the box. Perfect construction and dark oily wrapper's color. Colorado maduro wrapper leaf with a slightly rough surface and noticeable oiliness. Cold aroma combines notes of caramel, leather and white pepper. Cold draw with notes of sweet leather. From the first puff, an
  5. One of my late year smoking goals was to revisit some of the really memorable cigars from 2019. So I am late... as usual! Enter the Monte Esp. #2 vintage 2001. I have noticed a few near '01 vintage cigars showing up in this review series. So, lets talk a little about these cigars. Over and over again I see 99 to 01 vintage cigars maligned over the internet. I realize that I am an 'anti-establishment' smoker, but I have to wonder if any of these people parroting such rhetoric have actually smoked any of these cigars. In my time smoking Cuban cigars, I have to say that year over year,
  6. Ahhhh, Monte's. Cocoa goodness. The marca I have the most of, almost all PSP from here (2, 4, 5, MC, and a few odds and ends). I do love some Montecristo. I bought this box back in April of this year. Great construction, good cedar and tobacco smell pre-light. V cut, good toasting, first puffs are the main theme throughout - cocoa and coffee. I don't get the cream in these that I do in the 2 or 4, to me the 5 is more coffee and richer (although the boxes of PSP 4's I have are divine cocoa cream monsters, they're ... different). Didn't time this one, but sat on the porch, enjoyed my
  7. Like Dumas, this cigar is one of the Montecristo Línea 1935, but much larger since it is designed after 80 Aniversario, a commemorative release for the Montecristo's 80th anniversary. It has powerful almond, cedar, citrus, cocoa, coffee, cream, leather, milk chocolate, mocha, nut, pepper, salt, spice, toast, twang, vanilla, wood notes, and then transitioned into deep butter, earth, hay, honey, molasses, shortbread and tobacco flavours. This behemoth is definitely fuller and richer than any other cigar I reviewed in the past, and yet delicate without being too aggressive or edgy. It deserves to
  8. Rain, still all the rain. But better than snow I suppose. Dipping into a box of PSP Monte 4's I got from our hosts. They've been sleeping for a couple of months now, and I think settled in from the trip. Trying to stay out of the PSP boxes and let them age, but figured I'd try one for a baseline now. Pretty much my ideal size, harder to take the time to smoke much bigger, and the ring gauge is about ideal for me. Cream and cocoa bombs. About what you'd expect. Paired with some coffee, black. Good construction, felt packed. Not in a bad way, but solid. Smells of cedar and a l
  9. One of the best things about our FriendsofHabanos community are the regular competitions our host runs for the benefit of our community. It was one such competition in June this year, the Sublime Selfie Weekend Competition that, thanks to you, enabled me to win a prize of 5 regular production cigars. The timing of that competition was impeccable. I was coming to the end of a hectic June work period and looking forward to a well-earned holiday break, and this competition was coincidentally on the winter solstice so I made sure to get away as soon as I could to enjoy a cigar in the sunset. After
  10. Montecristo Churchills Añejados Brand: Montecristo Commercial name: Churchills Factory name: Julieta Nº2 Dimensions: 47 ring gauge (18.65 mm) x 178 mm long Paired with a nice Cafe Latte con Legendario Anjeo Punch Cut Aroma at Cold faint woodsy barnyard aroma Cold draw: Smooth draw light woody cacoa. First light: Even light a mild hint of cacoa and coffee, nutmeg and light oak wood. Reminiscent of an aged Monte especial. First third: Getting that delicate sweet twang that we search for in a good montecristo. Nutmeg/cacao/coffee and a slight vanilla bean flavou
  11. I've had a couple of very busy weeks, with little leisure time lately, so I was due for a nice relaxing smoke. I reached into the humi for one of my favorites, a 2007 Monte No. 1 I acquired in a trade. Well, it turned out to be hard as a tent peg the entire length, and it was very, very tight. I struggled through it, but couldn't make much of it. That really bummed me out. Well, today I had to atone for yesterday's disappointment, so I went to a sure and reliable Montecristo No. 1 with code BUM JUL 15, sourced from our host. This code has been remarkably consistent, not a bad one yet. It
  12. Thought I'd give this a go with the obvious choice, a Montecristo. Albeit young. First Third Choco hit right from the get go. Creamy cadberry egg. Second Third Lashings of berry fruit and cocca powder. Third Third Graham cracker smores. Campfire smokiness (the Lagavulin probably influencing here). Fourth Third This stick never ends! Not that I want it to. Milk chocolate, fudge, Nestle Quik. Final Third Youth is kicking in. Strength is up, all cocoa powder here. Nub Third Tobacco. Smokey. Very hot.
  13. I recently had a box of Montecristo Petite Edmundo brought back for me from the island that was purchased at the LCDH in Varadero at the plaza. The box looks like any other box of Petite Edmundos I've ever owned except that it has a yellow Montecristo Petite Edmundo sticker on the outside rightmost side of the box and a yellow Montecristo insert; both similar to that of the Double Edmundo presentation. The box that I have from April 2017 does not have this extra "flair". The barcode checks out on the Habanos website and they look/smell remarkable, so I don't doubt their authenticity just ye
  14. I was browsing the Habanos SA website earlier, waiting to retry the Verification feature when I saw that Montecristo has a "Tubo" that is a separate Vitola from any of the un tubed sizes. A 42 by 6 1/8" Corona Grande or pretty much the perfect size in my opinion. I have been poking around cubancigarwebsite.com and the internet in general, but I haven't found a lot of good info on these. I guess my main question is why haven't I seen these anywhere before? Monte is my favorite Marca. I regularly smoke 2s, 3s and 4s, but I know nothing of the Tubos. I don't hear anybody talking/raving or bitc
  15. About the cigar Founded in 1935, the Montecristo marca remains one of Cuba's top-selling brands each year, with the brand's Montecristo No. 2 still the best-selling cigar coming out of Cuba. In 2004, Habanos S.A. extended the Montecristo line and released a 5 3/8" x 52 Robusto called the Montecristo Edmundo. Because of its success Habanos S.A. released two variations on the Edmundo vitola: the Petite Edmundo (a 4 3/8" x 52 Petite Robusto) in 2007 and—the focus of today's review—the Double Edmundo, a 6 1/4" x 50 Doble in 2013. Let's see how it smokes. Brand: Monte
  16. Montecristo Especial (2003) Review Vitola: Laguito No.1 38 ring gauge x 192 mm or 7.6 inches It's not often that one gets the chance to enjoy these 'long and skinnies'. Furthermore, it's regrettable to mention that there are less of these around nowadays. Then again, do you reach for them, or are they a special occasion smoke due to their length? I recently caught up some dear friends for an 'end-of-week de-stress' cigar get together when @jay8354 offered myself and @Fuzz these Laguito No.1s from 2003 to smoke. Like the similar Cohiba vitola, the Lanceros, these are truly a spe
  17. Trusted source so I'm confident these are real. I've had mixed luck with montecristo in the past but he good ones keep me coming back for more. This is difference in appearance surprised me though. Let me know if you've seen anything this different come out of the same brand and pretty close ages. The lighter ones are UBM JUL 17. the darker ones are TEO JUN 17.
  18. Montecristo No.4 (1970s - Aged) Review Vitola: Marevas 42 ring gauge x 129 mm or 5.1 inches It's a special thing, to devote yourself, at times, to smoking a cigar, even if it's your weekly 'timeout' routine, it's another thing when the cigar you smoke is 40 years old. I must thank and acknowledge @Luca for gifting me this Montecristo No.4 to smoke recently. I've never had the opportunity to smoke a cigar even 20 years old. The question to consider, in regards to its age, is whether it had peaked. There were clues, during the cold draw...firstly, the wrapper was brittle and had
  19. To say I am looking forward to this cigar would be an understatement. My favorite Marca and a great size to boot. I know the "Monte 80th" fever is in full pitch right now, but has anybody heard anything about this cigar since it was announced? I wouldn't be surprised if this cigar never showed, or if it does, in very low quantities. Considering the yearlong+ delay for the "2015" Monte 80th and the majority of folks who tasted both stating that the current release cigars are very different in flavor than the pre release cigars. I'm not sure where the Tobacco for the 16's is going to
  20. Hello FOH community. 3 days ago I received my 4th order from 24:24. It was Montecristo No 2 HP (25). I couldn't believe my eyes when i opened it! But before i did it i felt such a strong barnyard aroma which came from closed box. The taxi's driver turn towards to me to see what is that smell. We almost got into an accident. But he came to his senses in time Friends, i wanna share you what i saw when opened the box. I've never seen before such beautiness! These cigars looks amazing, oily maduro wrappers, awesome construction along all sticks & of course strongest aroma which blows
  21. Last night I had a quiet Friday evening with my wife, and smoked just one PLMC, which I didn't finish. I got busy with family stuff and left the cigar 2/3 smoked. When I woke up this morning I didn't feel like I'd had my fix yet, so I poured a cup of coffee, reached into the wineador for a reliable morning smoke - and emerged onto the patio with a lovely Montecristo No. 5. This box is draining quickly, I have found these little gems to be a wonderful any-time kind of smoke, morning or night, they don't disappoint. The morning dew was burning off, the birds chirping, and the sun starting
  22. Thought I'd start taking some notes and offering up some thoughts. Montecristo Edmundo (PCC Vintage stock), a 52x135 robusto Box code: OPA AUG 09 Smoked on: April 4, 2017 (aged 7.7 years) Bought: Via 24:24 on August 3, 2015. Notes from El Prez: PSP: I only put up Montecristo Edmundo when I come across them like this. When they are at this standard (and it is not often), they are the closest thing in regular production to the Monte 520 that you will find. There is depth and richness to the flavour no doubt elevated by the stunning wrappers. Construction is flawless. My review: Ap
  23. This is my first experience with a #1, and it’s a cigar I’ve admired from afar for awhile now. I purchased it as a single in August, 2016, so I don’t know the box code. Initial thoughts/pre-light: The cigar has a very smooth, wrapper with a slight box press. It has a light sheen. I’m not sure of it’s age, but it doesn’t “seem” like it’s particularly old to me.. I love Lonsdales, because they feel elegant feel in the hand, and they’re easy to hold in the mouth as well if you’re doing something where you occasionally need both hands. Good construction on this cigar, no visible veins/
  24. Hello all, Here in Charlotte and loving this group. From the "what you are buying" to the "daily smoke". I used to smoke only while on work trips in the UK and Europe at big dinners, started to get more and more into the CC habit here in the US. Have always loved the Montecristo #2 and have some stock from 2010 on wards. Have branched into Cohiba and some others but still getting my feet wet with all the brands, limited editions and regional's. I have also started trying some Nicaraguans, really enjoyed the Ashton Symmetry in the last few months. Overall, looking forward to the advice, info

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