Cigar Review – Montecristo Open Master



The Open range was introduced by Montecristo in 2009 and was aimed at a new generation of smokers who enjoy the outdoors. They were intended to be milder than the original Montecristo range.

The cigar had a lovely shiny wrapper with few visible veins and felt smooth.

Since I had it outdoors and there was a gentle breeze I used a butane, jet flame lighter. The cigar initially felt rich and strong with plenty of cedar notes. There was a note that reminded me of strong breakfast tea. The cigar showed very subtle hints of spice that became more apparent during the second third.

Think of a rich and hot Masala chai tea, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorn and clove. Those subtle notes appeared intermittently throughout the second third. Some 15 minutes passed and I was well into the second third with more of those tannins appearing every now and again.

At some point the aroma of damp brown leaves, roasted hazelnuts and espresso creme coated my palate. I was having a wonderful time.

Given how windy it was close to the top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh I had to re-ignite the cigar once or twice. I must have overdone it because by the last third some capsicum notes appeared. The last third had stronger tannins, wet black soil and resinous pine twig notes. Reminded me of a young Ledaig whisky.

I must admit that the cigar I had was in my humidor for at least 4 years. The second third felt way too short and the wind kind of spoiled the last third. If you are looking for a cigar with complexity, richness and depth that won’t keep you out there for more than 25-35 minutes, the Montecristo OPEN Master is the cigar to look for.


Daniel Santiago is the owner of Jeffrey St Whisky and Tobacco in Edinburgh and writes cigar reviews exclusively for

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