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Montecristo Media Corona

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

Following my thoughts about a new release. And I must say it is one of the sole new release lately that caught my attention because I like the format. So here goes the tasting of the new Montecristo Media Corona.

Montecristo Media Corona

As you can see from the second picture I used a puncher rather than a cutter. A long time ago an Italian Aficionado told me that he likes to punch smaller cigars as that would bring out the whole flavor. And I must say, he was right!

Montecristo Media Corona

The cigar was surprisingly mild but had an uneven burn (maybe due to its youth?). And it reminded me a bit about the Montecristo No. 2. But while I felt it was a typical Monte it somehow seemed to build a bridge between the old school flavor (e.g. No. 1 to No. 5) and the newer flavor profile (e.g. Petit Edmundo). And if this was, what Habanos wanted to achieve than I draw my hat to them! Excellent format and this one even felt better balanced than the same sized H. Upmann Half Corona that can be somewhat harsher.

Montecristo Media Corona

I must say I was afraid it would be another disappointment like last years Petit No. 2. And since I am really not a huge fan of this marca I will not buy boxes of the Media Corona and instead keep on praying to the Half Corona from Upmann or the Minutos sized sticks that I consider to be one of my favorite cigar sizes. But if you like Montecristo you will love this cigar! Excellent new release and a great addition to the portfolio.

See tasting sheet for more details: Montecristo Media Corona

TotT – Montecristo Aniversario 80

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

It has been a long time since the last tasting of the titans. These days I hardly find time to blog, let alone to smoke a cigar. So I was really looking forward to this evening!

This time we were surprised with two festival release cigars that one of the titans brought back from this years Habanos festival in Cuba. The Montecristo Aniversario 80 was smoked that night. So read on to find out if this pre-release stick is a good indication to go out and look for the Montecristo Aniversario 80 once the hit the stores in 10 count boxes.

Montecristo Aniversario 80

There were only three Monte cigars even though we were four that night. So you’ll only find three tasting sheets right below. As we started smoking the sweetness immediately caught my attention. And all of us found the cigar to be on the mild side. Personally I was very happy about that since I am not “in the training” currently and a strong cigar could leave its mark. 🙂

There were nice hints of spices and wood. The cigar never really became strong through out the whole smoking time of about an hour and a half.
And after a while I felt it was not very typical or not to well comparable with the Monte No.1s to No.5s. If not it was a little more along the new school flavor profile that for me really started with the Petit Edmundo.

Montecristo Aniversario 80

Luckily this night it seemed that for once I did not get the dog rocket as I was very pleased with my cigar. But other fellow titans were not so lucky. About half in the smoke the wrapper leaf said good bye but the cigar could still be smoked. Not – of course – without us mocking the fellow smoker.

I really feel that this cigar is a good pick for an anniversary release. It is standing on its own feet. And it can be certainly smoked by a novice or a not so seasoned smoker as I currently am. 🙂

Montecristo Aniversario 80

The evening of the tasting was great fun and once again I would like to thank the titans for the spectacular cigars, the nice company and their time and of course many thanks to the Portmann’s for their hospitality. There is no better place to smoke in Switzerland than the Griffins Business Lounge in Kreuzlingen!

And by now you are surely wondering what the second festival release cigar was that can be seen in the first picture above. Well, I am not going to tell here (you might read it somewhere else 🙂 ). But I am planing to smoke it on a quiet evening and publish a tasting here.

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
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TotT – Monte Especial No. 1

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

It has been a while since the last Tasting of the Titans and this time there were no surprises, no one was missing, no nonsense, no bling, just strait down to tasting business with the Montecristo Especiales No. 1 from 1997. So I was very much looking forward to this smoking date! And boy, what a cigar!


You simply have to love this format. And the boîte nature it comes in really makes it already clear. This cigar is not one of the regular production Montes. This truly is special. Another aspect of course was the cigars age. Boxed in 1997 means the cigars have over 17 years of age on them. And even though I am personally not the biggest fan of Montecristo cigars this aged stick really made my mouth water. But was the Monte able to deliver?


The answer to that is really short: YES!!! My exemplar showed a very nice development, was complex and earthy but yet showed herbal notes and as Heiko said “that old library taste” of a nice vintage. I felt it was a typical Montecristo as I was able to get those faint notes of “smoke from a fire with wet wood” that are typical for a Monte to me (difficult to explain the taste though). But the cigar was really elegant and fine. Simply well balanced. Another aspect was the perfect burn in all of our cigars. Simply stunning quality. A Habanos that left nothing to desire. And according to the fellow titan’s score everyone seemed to be very pleased! This really got me wondering if newer versions of the Montecristo Especiales No. 1 can keep up with this vintage version? I am sooo tempted to buy a box right now!

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On a side note: We had a sip of the Sanchez Romante Unos en Mil as I was interested in the opinion of my fellow titans. And if I got that right, even though everyone was surprised that this is a Brandy (and I kind of was hoping for that) the spirit went well with the Monte!

Again I would like to thank my tasting panel and Urs Portmann for all the cigars that were smoked that night, their time, hospitality and for the great evening spend with them! I am already looking forward to the next time we meet!!! Now if I only do not forget to setup that doodle! 🙂

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
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