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It is time for another ‘forbidden fruit.’ This time we are smoking highly recommended and highly rated by other cigar aficionados – Montecristo Sublimes LE 2008. Format of the cigar was not necessarily my favorite but positive feedback brought this box to the front of the humidor. The cigar itself had a slightly toothy wrapper with visible veins and visible seams. Not the prettiest kid on the block. After clipping the cigar, I was introduced to a fairly snug draw. I kept rolling the cigar in my fingers throughout the entire experience to improve the air flow but unfortunately I had to tough it out in both samples. In flavor department, delicious sweetness and ‘creamy’ texture right out of the gate. Your typical Montecristo woody notes followed right after and coated the palette. Toward the middle of the cigar, a bit of spice and nutty / caramel flavors stepped to the front. The burn was mediocre. It would begin to burn evenly and then progress toward that ‘wonky’ burn with accumulation of ash. Speaking of ash, dark grey, tight, falling off in 1″+ chunks.
Overall, decent experience but not what I read nor heard about the ‘classic’ Montecristo Sublimes LE 2008. I have few left and I will continue to age them in lower humidity humidor to see if that will have a positive impact on the tight draw.
Country of Origin: Cuba
Construction > Good
Burn > Average
Enjoy > OK
Recommend > Yes
Buy > 5pack (* N/A in USA *)
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