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Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Robusto Minor

2 Jun 2006

Montecristo has long been one of my favorite brands. I’ve tried both Cuban and non-Cuban Montecristos (even though they really only share a name) and liked them all. I’ve even tried and enjoyed the JR alternatives to both the Cuban and non-Cuban Montecristo No. 2.

Given that history, I had high hopes when I decided to try the Montecristo Robusto Minor. Unfortunately, unlike my previous Montecristo experiences, I found this stogie lacking.

There is no doubt that the Montecristo Robusto Minor (4.5 x 50) is a beautiful cigar. The perfect light brown wrapper provided a nice, even burn for 40 minutes.

Yet the taste left something to be desired. Instead of the earthy, rich flavor I’m used to Montecristos providing, this smoke seemed docile and underwhelming.

Shocked? So was I. But let’s put it this way: Forget the scotch or bourbon with this stogie; maybe a beer or some red wine would make a nice pairing.

Unfortunately, despite the weak performance, you will still pay a premium for that classic brown band.

My advice: If you don’t already have this cigar, take a pass on it.

Already own it? Then leave this stogie in the humidor, where its classic look will dazzle the eye. Because I think you’ll find the taste is quite disappointing.

This cigar earns only two and 1/2 out of five stogies.

-Patrick S

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