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Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Sublime Edición Limitada 2008 (Cuban)

11 Jun 2009

One of the challenges of reviewing cigars is ensuring that outside interferences don’t skew my judgment of the smoke.  For this review, I smoked two samples in two very different surroundings.

Montecristo Sublime EL 2008The first time I smoked the Montecristo Sublime Edición Limitada 2008, I was sitting on a bench on the Champs-Elysees on a beautiful Spring day in Paris, jotting down notes with a fantastic backdrop of the Tulieries Gardens. Over a month later, in the mundane surroundings of my garage, I tried it again and found that while everything else had changed, the cigar hadn’t.

Back in 2004, Habanos made a splash when it introduced the Cohiba Sublime as a limited edition cigar. The Cuban state tobacco monopoly then returned to the size with the Montecristo Sublime Edición Limitada 2008.

Like all the limited edition Cubans, this cigar isn’t cheap. My samples smoke cost me 16 Euros each in France where I purchased them (around $24 each).

The large (6.4 x 54)  smoke features a dark, attractive wrapper with some shine and many noticeable veins. The wrapper surrounds Cuban tobacco with two years of aging. It is slightly soft to the touch and features a well-crafted classic Cuban-style triple cap.

Once lit, I found a deliciously smooth combination of sweet cedar, coffee bean, and earth. The cigar had impressive depth, with a second layer of subtle cinnamon spice and rich cocoa.

As it progressed to the final third I found a bit more spice, but the cigar never became too strong or harsh. The finish was long with bread and dry dark chocolate. Construction was also impressive, with an even burn, easy draw, and an ash that easily held for over an inch.

No matter where I smoked the Montecristo Sublime Edición Limitada 2008, I found an outstanding medium- to full-bodied smoke. In fact, I was repeatedly distracted from taking notes by the marvelous flavors. After two very different experiences, I can safely say that this is one of the finest cigars I’ve ever smoked.

Ultimately, it seems “Sublime” isn’t just the size of the cigar; it’s also the perfect description of the Montecristo Sublime Edición Limitada 2008, which earns our highest rating of five stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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Drew Estate

9 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Sublime Edición Limitada 2008 (Cuban)”

  1. Ahmed Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    fantastic review and fantastic cigar. I got a box of them smoke 2 so far and the rest sleeping in peace at my cabinet . Thank u very much

  2. Charlie Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    Ah, you world travelers. Always give me something to shoot for.

  3. furious Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 4:47 am #

    Would love to sample one of these aptly named habanos. Every review that I've read has been nothing short of spectacular.

  4. Hany A Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    I just smoke my first Monte Sublime LE 2008. It's an absolutely gorgeous cigar. Firm, well constructfed with a rich chocolate colored thick wrpper. It's well capped and feels wonderful to hold. The initial flavor are rich but not harsh. It remained consistent throught he first half but started developed stronger aromas of spice and dark chocolate in the second half. It also became harder to keep lit and to draw in the second half. But I can't stop smoking it. Overall, this is one of the best Monte's I've ever tried, and well deserve the cost. Its strong flavors make it a perfect after dinner cigar. The flavors linger on the tongue long after it's done… Very highly recommended. Thanks for the review.

  5. Mr Lars Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    My wife bought me one as part of my birthday presents (along with a smoking cap from Lock & Co.). Everyday I reverently take it from my humidor to admire it and inhale it gorgeous aroma. While smoking it is going to be an evening of supreme pleasure, I dread the emptiness of humidor and expectation when it's gone. I can see a trip to Gibraltar looming

  6. layth alwash Monday, February 15, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    haloo
    i want to ask about montecristo -sublime -el.2008
    25 segar cost
    i wate your answer
    thank you very much
    with best regard

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