Sorry to hear this one was a let down. I would still be interested to give it a shot if I ever chance upon one. The 2008 LE was incredible, and one of my alltime favorite cigars. I have high hopes for the Grand Edmundo.
Review: Montecristo C (EL 2003)
I smoked and reviewed this cigar while in Acapulco, Mexico photographing Luke’s (“Benzopyrene” on the boards) wedding. He had been saving this up for both of us to smoke (we each had a sample of the cigar) and we reviewed it together while we sipped rum and listened to the beach.
For those of you that don’t know, in 2003, Habanos released one of their multitude of Edición Limitadas, the Montecristo “C”, a Corona Gorda with a wrapper aged 2 years. There’s not much to note, other then that, oddly enough.
But enough of that, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: Montecristo C (Edición Limitada 2003)
- Country of Origin: Cuba
- Factory: José Martí
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Size: 5 5/8 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 46
- Vitola: Corona Gorda
- MSRP: $15
- Year Released: 2003
- Number of Cigars Released: N/A
The cigar itself fairly bumpy up and down it’s length, and the wrapper is a rough dark brown color with almost no oil on it at all. The cigar smells of hay, pepper and chocolate and the cap looks great.
The first third starts out with the signature “Cuban twang” that we all know and love, but it did not last long, unfortunately. There is quite a bit of hay flavor, as well as an earthiness that is almost overwhelming. In the background there is somevery feint pepper and just a bit of chocolate, which is dark, not sweet.
The second third starts out the same as the first, other then the fact that the spice died down quite a bit to almost nothing. Then, I started getting a bit of leather along with the chocolate and earthiness, but not overly much, and the flavors seemed to turn bland.
Unfortunately, the last third did not hold any surprises. Flavors stayed constant, the same bland leathery mild earthiness with just a touch of dark chocolate. It did not get hot at the end, but I really did not care.
- Like any reviewer, I don’t like to review a cigar based on one sample, but this is the only sample of the Montecristo Edición Limitada “C” I have run across. However, as I wrote above, Luke was smoking the exact same cigar, and came to almost the exact same conclusions.
- The draw was great for the entire smoke, and the burn was fine, especially considering the wind we were dealing with at the time.
- Final Smoking Time was 1 Hour and 30 Minutes.
The Bottom Line: It has been a while since I have reviewed a cigar with so many differing opinions. All over the web, this is either one of the best Edición Limitadas Habanos S.A. has ever released, or a very inconsistent loser. Unfortunately, I am going to have to go with the latter. The sample I smoked was annoyingly bland and almost tasteless, with flavors, the few that were present anyway, that never even came close to melding into anything. It was not a BAD cigar, it had no nasty flavors or anything like that, but honestly, it was barely worth the time it took to smoke it.
Final Score: 72