Montecristo Sevens

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Montecristo Sevens

Hey, I’m back, and just in time to interrupt this week’s Jerrython. (Try not to look so sad. He’ll be back soon.) I owe The Great Torpedo for bailing me out last week, and we can’t have him burning himself out. I hope to make up for my week AWOL with another very interesting and unusual Stogie.

Up for review this week is special edition Montecristo that you may have never seen before. Atlanta has more than it’s share of cigar shops, and even though I’ve been to all of them, I’ve never seen these. Of course, that’s an exaggeration, but the truth is I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw them online sometime late last year. In fact, there isn’t even that much information about these smokes online even now.

What I was able to find out is that these Montecristos are called “Sevens” because they are rolled exclusively by “level 7” master rollers in the Dominican Republic. Reportedly, these torcedors are the best of the best when it comes to transforming loose tobacco leaves into a fine cigar. Additionally, the Sevens only come in one vitola, a churchill, and are sold only in special tins. And that pretty much covers what I know, let’s see if those master rollers have the golden touch.

Cigar Stats:
Size: 7 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic
Smoking Time: 2 1/4 hours
Beverage: Water
Price: MSRP $10.00

The Pre-Smoke
You might think that one of the tell-tale signs of a true super premium is have two bands. That funny sound you hear right now is the Montecristo Seven chortling in a condescending manner. Because this smoke not only has the dual bands at head and foot, but it also has a cedar sleeve. And wait, what’s this? When you slide the the cedar and band fuselage off the cigar you see a third, previously hidden band, identical to the one above it.

All kidding aside, it really is a heck of a presentation. It reminds me a bit of the multiple envelope scheme employed in wedding and graduation invitations. But also impressive is the wrapper leaf underneath all the pomp and circumstance. It’s a very smooth, chocolate brown color, decorated with thin light colored veins.

The scent of the wrapper varied from one cigar to the other. One was very much a potent compost, while the other had a very distinctive prune scent. In both cases the scent at the foot was a dusty chocolate.

Possibly more striking than the visual appearance was the sweetness of the cold taste. Often the cold taste is just a hint of a flavor, or a combination of flavors. But the syrupy sweetness of the cold taste left nothing up to the imagination.

The Burn
Generally speaking the Montecristo Seven gets good marks in the burn category. The ash was solid and white, and the burn line was straight until right around the final third. And though the burn line did stray or get jagged, it was never serious enough to require intervention. The draw was just a touch on the tight side at the beginning of one cigar also, but not enough to bet bothersome.

The Flavor
After all the build up and the pretty packaging, it’s a little disappointing to be able to sum up the flavor in a sentence. And I did just that when I gave one to a friend a few days ago. I told him, “It’s like eating cake frosting for two hours.” He seemed to find that that idea intriguing. And I did my best to smile while I said it.

Truth be told, I spent the better part of my time smoking these cigars searching for flavors other than the very prominent syrupy or frosting like sweetness. It just seemed to me that this cigar should be more complex and subtle than it was tasting. I did pick up a bit of nuttiness early on and cedar at various points throughout (a little sharper at the end), but that’s about it.

The Price
Though the MSRP for the Montecristo Seven is around $10 a stick, I doubt anyone will be surprised that it sells for considerably less than that online. If you decide to spring for them, you’re looking at a figure closer to $8.30 a stick. But be advised, I haven’t seen any place that sells singles.

Going with the $8.30 figure, it’s hard to complain too much about the price. It’s a large cigar, constructed of quality tobacco by supposedly the best hands to ever touch the leaf, and did I mention it has three bands? Seriously though, the price seems reasonable for a high end smoke of it’s size.

The Verdict
As I’ve mentioned before, I do have a sweet tooth, and I appreciate sweeter flavors in cigars, but the Montecristo Seven was just a little too much of a good thing. It’s the difference between eating a small piece of cake and the whole thing. You enjoy the piece, but the entire cake gives you a stomach ache. And frankly, it gets a little dull around half way through. (Both the cake and the cigar.)

I realized while I was taking notes that I enjoyed the first one I smoked the most. It’s the cigar I had with a cup of coffee while doing some work before the review process. That’s when it occurred to me that this smoke has all the flash and depth of Vegas without the high-roller price. This cigar would be perfect around a poker table with some drinks or on a guys night out. The serious cigar smoker could use the distraction of friends and booze, and the newbie will have something cool to smoke that doesn’t stink up the joint with vanilla-bourbon scented essential oils.

Liked It: Well… I didn’t hate it…
Buy It Again: Probably Not
Recommend It: Buy a tin for poker night or for your next trip to Vegas. (Or anytime, if you’re really into sweet cigars.)

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15 thoughts on “Montecristo Sevens

  1. Cigars International has tins of 12 for $99.95…I would love to try this cigar, but not at this price point. Excellent review!

  2. I smoked one of these last week. I thought the construction was awesome and the flavors were just enough to keep me interested. I just wish it came in a smaller size.

  3. It does sound interesting–at least more interesting than any of the non-Cuban Montecristos I’ve had in the past–but I don’t think I could force myself to spring for $8 to 10 for a single stick (or $100 for a whole tin) for a Monte at this point. Too many bland, “whatever” sticks from them to want to go there again.

  4. Thanks guys.

    Jason, I couldn’t agree more. A robusto-sized smoke would have been more than adequate.

    It’s a shame you can’t buy them one at a time. You could consider a box split- get a bunch of cigar smoking friends to pool funds to buy a tin. Alternately, keep an eye on the devil site. I won’t tell a lie, I picked these up in an auction.

  5. Nice review Brian. I thought I read somewhere that level 9 was the highest level that could be achieved by a master tordedor. Wouldn’t it be great if every cigar brand had a number included on the band to indicate the skill level of the roller that rolled it? Then we might have a better chance of avoiding some of those plugged or otherwise fucked up sticks out there.

  6. Great review Brian. Dang, fancy cigar. Montecristo went all out. Flavor profile is a bit odd though.

  7. Picked up a tin (12) of these at a local Costco for $50 and it came with a leather book sized humidor (so so quality, but not bad for a freebie). Smoked one with a friend this evening and was very pleased. Not sure I would have been as pleased at $100, especially since it’s a little mild for my preference.

  8. Brian, you really nailed this on on the head!

    I was given one of these as a gift, and it looked promising! Boy how i was wrong!

    I had a great smell before i lit it. Once burning, it went very evenly, but the taste was just so so.

    The only thing was, it was opposite for me as in terms of the taste as i got into it. At first, i wrinkled my nose, but as i got into it, it got a LITTLE better, not much. I was about 80% done when i decided to call it quits. There was something about it that i just didnt like.

    And it was not quite smoky enough for me. I like puffing out clouds, not little hazes.

    Would i buy one? No

    If i was given one to smoke, sure i would take it but wouldnt be thrilled.

    My all time favorite still goes to the Romeo Y Julieta torpedo’s (i forget the exact one, but i know here they sit at my local cigar shop), they are about $6/stick.

  9. I scored a tin of these on sale and was likewise impressed with the presentation. I just smoked my third one and wondered why I wasnt able to finish the smoke. Your review hit the nail on the head,,,just too much of the same flavor. This surprised me as I like most Montes, both Cuban and non-Cuban. I wouldnt buy more.

  10. I just received a tin of H.Upmann 7’s in the mail from JR. Paid $24 on their 2 buck chuck deal. Hopefully they will be more eventful than this one. Will let you all know after they rest in the humi.

  11. I really like this cigar, paired with a glass of crown royal. of course, i found a tin of twelve for 49.99, so at that price its a no brainer. incredibly smooth, and consistent. the one thing i hate is a cigar that is good to the end, and it turns into a spice bomb.

  12. I think you gave a good review I got a tin (12) free with the purchase of my Monticristo White, I smoke one but I think I would Have enjoyed it better had it been smaller………….

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