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Thursday, 25 December 2008

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A nice surprise from the 2008 Edicion Limitado Montecristo Sublimes.

Maybe we are just suckers for everything with a second band, but we can't seem to resist trying out every new limited-edition that comes out of Cuba.  The latest to get a good long try is the Montecristo Sublimes.  If this cigar is anything like the 2004 Cohiba Sublimes, it's bound to be one hell of a cigar.

At 6 ½ x 54 ring gauge this is not a cigar to be taken lightly.  This is a respectfully long cigar with a ready draw that stands capable of filling just about anybody's cigar desires.

The Montecristo Sublimes presentation is nothing short of stunning. It seems that Habanos S. A. is really focusing on their presentation. They also include a lot of extras in the box seemingly to make it more difficult for all the counterfeiters in the world. There are even reports that the cigar, released in the last few months, has already been found counterfeited.

We had to try a few samples of these cigars before we could develop a strong opinion. Perhaps that was our desire to smoke a whole bunch of them, but we would like to think that we were trying to be more scientifically accurate. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you.

Back to the aesthetics, you really could stare at this cigar all day long. Especially if you didn't have a lighter around.  (-:  But if you do have an incendiary device in your vicinity, there will be no way this cigar will let you resist lighting it up. She's simply a looker.

Upon lighting the cigar, you get some rich smoke and strong flavors emanating through this beast. The construction is nothing to write home about, but then again when has a cigar from Cuba been constructed in a way you would want to write home about?

The ash is dirty brown and gray; you're really reminiscent of that 2004 Cohiba Sublimes that we mentioned in the first paragraph of the article. That's not a bad thing, and maybe it's more of a desperate hope on our part.

The first few samples of the Montecristo sublimes we smoked seem to leave a little bit to be desired. In fact as we mentioned earlier, we were so concerned about the cigar not living up to expectations, that we made sure we smoked all the samples. As it turns out the more you smoke the more you like. Once you smoke a few of these we strongly believe you'll come to the same conclusion as we did.

Buy them, hoard them, store them, love them, share them, but above all, smoke them. Once our reviewers got to their second and third cigars, we started hearing comments like the following:

“If anybody doesn't want to finish their cigar I'm more than happy to do it for you.”

“These are really relaxing smoke. The spiciness doesn't overwhelm you, yet really tends to keep you interested. The cigar tends to be an enigma, but it sure as hell is fun to figure it out.”

“Not the best made cigar on the planet.  Other than that though, this is a flavor packed, nice meaty smoke.”

“This cigar got better the more I smoked.  At this pace after about 15 more of these, I could potentially hit cigar nirvana.

These cigars really won't let you down, like many of the rest of the limited-edition cigars from Cuba have.  Feel free to stock up if you can find them.  Their complexity and flavor seems to indicate that they would store well, and for extended periods.

Once you get over a less than stellar construction, you'll find yourself seriously pondering the complexity of flavors this cigar dishes out.  While not overwhelmingly strong, the flavors keep you captivated with the unique synergy of all the spices in this tobacco.  Even fans of small cigars like petit coronas, folks who usually like a more focused complex flavor, will find themselves drawn to the Montecristo Sublimes.  Even those that claim to only like cigars that will burn the hair off your chest, will have a hard time debating the symphony of flavors.  As we stated it may not be strong, but it is complex, and it is worth smoking.

There you have it, the first of the 2008 limited editions we tried turned out to be a great experience.  We plan on checking out a few more of these limited editions, and some of the regional editions as well.  If we keep having this much fun, we might have to test them all!



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