So last week I reviewed the Montecristo number four, and this week I move onto the Montecristo Sublime 2008. This is an easy cigar to praise. One of my favorites of all time. I remember when I first saw this cigar, it was big, dark, and serious. At a whopping 54 ring, a maduro wrapper, and a blend of tobaccos from the very best of vuelta abajo. I will never know why this cigar was not put into normal production.
I was in Havana for a long weekend with buddies when a friend told me I needed to try this cigar. I was staying in Vedado, so the closest Habanos shop was in the Melia Cohiba hotel. Luckily, the shop has a bar and lounge attached. At almost 20 cuc per stick, this cigar better be good. Anything less than excellent would have been considered a failure. We sat down and everyone ordered drinks. I always love a coke or capuccino with my cigars, some guys like scotch, rum, etc… The sugar cuts some of the bite a strong cigar puts on your tongue.
Big, imposing, yet very elegant. A dark brown wrapper, smooth and oily. This cigar is sexy. It has a musky, sweet scent to it that gives you an idea of what is to come. Holding this cigar feels like sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ferarri. The only people who are not jealous are the other guys holding the same cigar.
There is a great deal of skill that goes into rolling a cigar like this. For starters, it’s a limited edition, but more than that, this is a special cigar. Even among the Habanos line, it stands out as something not everyone gets to have. Dark blackish brown outer leaf, clean cut, triple cap at the drivers end.
As I said, you already know before you light it it is going to be more than just a cigar. As you gather the cutter, lighter, and your favorite beverage in a form of four-play, you finally get to sit back and put fire to leaf. The predraw gives a hint of spice, but once you light it, it is all heavy cream. It lights easily for such a big cigar. The initial draws are a brilliant combination of roasted coffee, cream, dare I say cinnamon, and soft leather. Almost velvet. About five minutes in, the smoke maintains the heavy cream, coffee taste, but gets a little nutty. The draw on this smoke was nothing less than perfect in its resistance. This cigar is a master piece of flavor. It gradually becomes stronger, like hot tub water slowly getting to the right tempeture. Mouthful after mouthful of delicious coffee, cream, nuts, and leather impress you more and more. The burn is a little stubborn, but it is a small price to pay for such a quality smoke.
This isn’t a cheap cigar, but a cigar like this should be copared with kobe beef, Louis 13 cognag, or a Ferrari. You are getting the very best, and it is slightly more expensive than cigars of far lowere quality.
Try this cigar.