Saturday 17 May 2008

Review - Montecristo 4 Reserva - 94/100

Celebrating the Best Selling Cuban Cigar ever, the Habanos S.A. has released a 5000 boxes limited supply of the Montecristo 4 Reserva. I happen to be the lucky owner of the box 3069. The Monte 4 Reserva is a continuance to the Partagas Serie D 4 Reservas released a few years back.

As the Montecristo 4 is one of my favourite cigars, i had high expectations from this Reserva version. It is somewhat unjust to compare this to the regular Monte 4, as it should be reviewed as a separate release. That is what i am trying to do here, but fail miserably...

The golden brown wrapper with the perfect cap and impecable feel to the hand give you lot to look forward to. The two bands sit on this cigar in peace with each other, as does the whole bundle of packaging and boxes, that you have to go through to get to these beauties.

The aroma rising from the cigar is intoxicating and (no surprise here) resembles the fragrance profile of the regular Monte 4s.

When lighting the cigar, all the similarities and differences between the Reserva and the regular 4 become quite obvious. As the over all flavor profile is somewhat similar with its tasty tobacco, leather and some spicy notes, it is lacking that obvious charecteristic of roasted coffee beans in it. What makes the Montecristo 4 Reserva a different and a somewhat better cigar compared to the regular 4, is the fact, that all the flavours in it are much more profound and complex. The tobacco, leather and what not are if raised to the second power. Much more intense but still extremely well balanced and smooth.

The Montecristo No. 4 Reserva can be defined still as a young cigar, and as such it is already a great smoke. I wouldn't probably entirely justify the hefty price on these cigars, but i believe aging and time will do that for us. If you are a true aficionado, a collector or a purveyor of quality cigars, The Montecristo 4 Reservas are a must buy. But if you just enjoy a fine cigar now and then, it is probably enough for you to stick to the regular Monte 4s for the price.

Origin: Cuba

Construction 18/20
Appearance 19/20
Smoke/Ash 9/10
Burn 19/20
Draw 19/20
Aroma 10/10 (9,10,10)


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