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Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Classic Robusto

6 Feb 2007

Several years ago, José Seijas – the Dominican cigar legend responsible for Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Romeo y Julieta – set out to personally select and stockpile the highest grade wrapper, binder, and filler tobaccos for his new signature stogie: the Montecristo Classic.

Even though these babies are just hitting retailers as we write, we’ve been lucky enough to smoke about eight or nine Robustos apiece to date. And let us tell you they’re terrific.

These five inches by 52 ring gauge cigars come draped in a flawless, caramel-brown Connecticut Shade wrapper. Appearance-wise, the only trait that distinguishes the Classic line from other Montecristos is a gold emblem on the band.

Once lit, the “special blend” of Dominican binders and fillers intermingle to create a mild and cool taste that closely resembles that of a marshmallow – very unique, and very enjoyable. The cigar’s soft, spongy feel ensures an easy draw and abundant smoke with each puff.

Into the second half, the flavor smoothly transitions to a hotter spice, and notes of chocolate and graham come into play. Since the sweet marshmallow taste is retained throughout the duration of the smoke, the new flavor could now be accurately compared to a S’more. Once again, this is different than anything else we’ve tried.

Our only complaint? We noticed some inconsistency in burn from stick to stick, but nothing too egregious. What’s more, any unevenness was easy to correct.

On the whole, this is one of the finest cigars we’ve had the pleasure to review. With an MSRP of $8.50 apiece, they’re certainly not cheap, but easily worth the price if you’re lucky enough to find them. In a quick survey of local DC-area stores only two of six cigar shops we called carried the Classic line (and those two had a limited selection), and our check of the major online retailers came up completely empty.

For complex, unique, and transforming flavors that stay balanced on the palate, we give the Montecristo Classic Robusto four and ½ out of five stogies.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A and Patrick S

16 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Classic Robusto”

  1. Robby Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:47 am #

    Marshmellow and smores?

    Doesn't sound like any cigar I've ever had!

  2. Patrick S Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:53 am #


    Me neither. But I do think that are the flavors… particularly the marshmallow.

    It took me a few sticks to identify the taste, but once I figured it out it, I was pretty sure it is the best way to describe it.

  3. Mikey Ravioli Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 9:52 am #

    Sounds good. How can I find them?

  4. Matt S. Friday, February 9, 2007 at 2:38 pm #

    Would one of the stores in DC that carries it be Georgetown Tobacco? I live about a ten minute walk away, and if they carry it would definitely take a stroll over…

  5. Quincy Casey Friday, April 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

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  6. Joe Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    I definitely appreciate the sweetness in this mild cigar. has churchills for $145 per box. Robustos are sold out but they said more are coming soon. I'm a churchill kind of guy anyway.

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