Montecristo- A Cuban Legend !!!

For all of the entries I’ve written for this blog, it has occurred to me that I haven’t really spent as much time on Montecristo Cuban cigars as I could have.. I guess it may have something to do with the fact that these are one of the most popular cigars in the world and I assume that everyone knows all about them… I’ve certainly smoked many of them and have had some of the greatest smoking experiences with a Monte in my hand but, when I think of it, there are probably some folks who have yet to try one.

First of all, make sure that you have an authentic Monte since these are counterfeited in Cuba and sold in packaging that looks like the real thing with bands that will fool even the most experienced aficionado…  The Montecristo No 2 is copied and sold to many many tourists who visit Cuba each year but these are some terrible tasting cigars that in no way resemble the real thing.  The No 2 is a beautiful torpedo measuring 6 1/8 inches long with a 52 ring gauge.  It feels great in the hand and is one of the most consistent cigars coming out of Cuba today.  A few years back it was so popular that every cigar factory in Cuba was pushing them out to keep up with world demand but the consistency and quality took a bit of a dive and Habanos took a brave stand and cut back on production so the quality of years gone by would return.

The Montecristo No 4 is a legend in itself.  This 5 inch cigar with a 42 ring gauge is THE most popular Cuban cigar period!!  It probably has something to do with the size, definitely has something to do with the taste and anyone who knows anything about Montecristo will be able to tell you great stories about the No 4’s they’ve smoked..

A few years back in 2008 Monte came out with an Edicion Limitada called the Sublime.  This was, for me, Montecristo raising the bar for flavor and construction that impressed lovers of Cuban cigars the world over.. This is a very difficult cigar to find these days, if you have a few in your humidor, you are a very lucky smoker indeed.

Other Montecristo staples are the Edmundo, a classic robusto that improves GREATLY with a few years in the humidor.  The tubos are a smaller ring gauge cigar that is great for a day out on the boat or the golf cart.. I guess the grandfather of them all would be the Montecristo A.. With a 47 ring gauge and 9 1/4 inches long, you’ll be enjoying over 2 hours of smoking bliss with medium Montecristo flavors that will dazzle you from third to third..

A bold move taken a few years back from Montecristo, was to come out with their Open Series.  This featured cigars that were considerably milder and that were targeting the new smoker who wanted a mellower smoke.  There are 4 sizes available but my favorite is the Montecristo Open Regata with a sweet and slightly fruity profile that is a great morning cigar..

A lot more can be written today about Montecristo but I’ll save it for another entry.. There are new cigars from Montecristo introduced this year at Havana’s Habanos Festival and after I get my hands on one, I’ll write a review.