Which Montecristo is better; Cuban or Dominican?
Referencing the following cigars:
I suspect most people would go with the Cuban version. Those people are correct.
If you've ever compared the Cuban Double Edmundo with its Dominican counterpart, you'd go Dominican every time. You really can't make a generalization like "Cuban" or "Dominican". You have to analyze each smoke to make a fair comparison.
Dominican Montecristo better, too funny!! Absolute dog rockets
You might know that I professionally evaluate and rate cigars and while I don't cover Cuban cigars, I have had my fair share for pleasure. I believe that it is a matter of personal preference but one has to also put aside this "forbidden fruit" complex. I have seen many people smoking fake Cubans unknowingly that they have bought in the US or even Cuba and boast it's the best cigar they've ever had. When Cuban cigars are made well, they perform and taste great in my opinion. For example, I like the creaminess that is found in a number of Cuba cigars but that's not exclusive to Cuba. However, if you're looking for full strength cigars, Bolivar makes some stronger cigars but I would recommend looking elsewhere (e.g. Estelí, Nicaragua or even the new LFD cigars coming out of the Dominican Republic). As far as Montecristo, their cigars evaluate and rate well and I would encourage people to try the Epic and particularly the Espada which is a Nicaraguan "puro" (is made from only Nicaraguan tobacco). So you may prefer the Cuban Montecristo over the Dominican (including the cigars you mentioned), even in a blind tasting, but you will have to decide if it's worth the extra money and occasional quality issues which they have sometimes struggled with. I hope this helps, Todd Tyszka, Cigar Evaluations
With the exception of the CAO, and the Macanudo line I can't bring myself to buy or smoke any of the rest of General Cigars "Copy" brands... call me old fashion be reaping the benefits off another companies name brand is just wrong in my book... now with that said I have tried them side by side I've had the pleasure of trying the Cohiba, Partagas, Hoyo De Montery, Punch, and the Montecristo with that said I found the Cuban cigars to be better smokes, but not being able to get real deal cuban cigars here in the US I've stuck to the smaller boutique brands which make some great smokes!
i bought a box recently as they where on sale and to be honest as a cigar i don't think they are that amazing. They seem to have a tight draw and flavours can be lacking IMO. However my palate is still growing and i maybe wrong
Todd, I can buy Cuban cigars cheaper than Non-Cuban cigars, and quality control issues are a myth, perpetuated by non Cuban cigar manufacturers. True, in 1999/2000 there were tobacco quality, lots of new rollers, and a mad push for volume and not quality by the then heads of Habanos SA. It didn't take long for the error of their ways to pointed out by distributors and customers. Cuban factories now have good quality control department, I know the heads of 2 of the factories and have spent time learning. Cuban cigars are NOT forbidden fruit for most of the world, and I smoke on occasion Non Cubans. Infact the other night I smoked a Tatuaje Monster No.7, it was amazing in the first half, so very similar in aroma to a Cuban Cohiba, I was raving about it. Then the last half went flat and It kept going out. Last week in had a LFD Capitulo, it was flat and boring, the ash flaked off all over the place. I tossed it after the first half, awful. Why do I mention this, Non Cuban cigars also have quality issues these days, whereas all the Cubans cigars in recent memory I have smoked have been flawless, great aged tobacco, consistent styles of aroma, flavour and true to the individual brands profile. My favourite Non Cubans, Liga Privada, Tatuaje and occasional Padrons/Fuentes. However, Cuban cigars and tobacco are my personal favourite, and most of my American friends smoke mainly Cuban cigars. On a private board, it was in the order of 90% of cigars smoked were Cuban. Keith.
For me? Not even a choice: H-A-B-A-N-O. The US commodification of Cuban cigar brand names has always struck me as ridiculous -- for absolutely zero U.S. versions taste like their Cuban brothers, and to imply that they do is advertisers' baloney. So if you buy the US version of "Montecristo," pretend that it's named something else, & evaluate it on its own merits. If you want a US cigar that tastes Cubanish, because you cannot get hold of the originals, try your choice of the Padron lines, but leave them alone for a month after you buy them so the flavors come into fullness.