Flavour: Medium to Full Length: 4" (102mm) Ring Gauge: 40 ring gauge Packaging: Box of 10
It has all the qualities of the brand and is a real appetizer with its intense spicy flavour. It also has a certain sweetness, think chocolate mixed with raisins. Truly delicious.
Reviewed by Joe Gellman
I finished breakfast and had a half cup (we use the French cups, you know, the ones you use two hands to hold) of Cubita coffee left and decided to go to the terrace (actually, a deck over the garage where I do most of my smoking) and finish the coffee and smoke a No. 5.
The cigar measures 4" x 40 (mine measured 4" x 41 and though it has been described as having a ring gauge of 40 or 42, I find this to be part of the manner of storage. I will buy a few at the factory in Cuba next October and measure them to try my hypothesis) and is a mighty little might, when aged properly (as this was, thank you, C.GARS Ltd) I get a kick out of the oft overused tripe that this vitola is the brand's poorest make. Well, it that is true, all the vitolas are of my liking, the poorest still good enough for my tastes.
I found the cigar to be as full bodied as the No. 4 and a tad fuller than the No. 3 corona. It lit well and burned evenly to the last. This is a quick smoke, though I lingered with it and the last of the coffee for 25 minutes. As with the Joyitas, the ash was solid, medium to dark in colour, listing a tad to the right (well, there was a breeze and that might have affected the burn). I flicked the ash after 2 inches and felt it crunch under my finger. The smoke had woody and sweet overtones, reminiscent of a bouquet of wild flowers, gentle yet enough to stir the imagination. The smoke wafted slowly and formed a haze about the Apricot tree behind where I was sitting, and hung there until the gentle breeze swept it away.
I think this cigar was aged less than one year and had only a hint of oil, just showing itself enough to make the cigar a tad blotchy from this new emanation. The flavour did not grow through the entire length of the cigar until, that is, the last two puffs - then I noticed a very strong finish, akin to when you smell a rose but then get the full aroma when you stick your nose into the flesh of the petals.
While the cigar has been described as 'herbaceous', I did not find this supply to follow that note, but, rather, I think this selection had some light personality. I suspect that this supply was very well aged which lent to it's flavour and aroma. Once again the adage that age will mature a good cigar comes true.
Decent 35-40 mins smoke. Consistent and most of the time even burn. However I found it too strong for my taste. Leathery and spicy, tasted a bit like dark chocolate paired with a tawny port.
Unfortunately the draw was tight, especially the last inch or so. Because of that became a bit hot and harsh.
I will not buy again as I prefer milder cigars but if go past the tight draw it makes a good smoke.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Monday 26 January, 2015
Smoked a No. 5 to celebrate the arrival of my new humidor today. Frankly a bit of a disappointment. The flavours were fantastic, leathery spice with hints of chocolate to my taste. Unfortunately the construction was awful. Uneven burn, had to relight about 3 times and the third required a snip due to tunnelling. A great shame as the Monty 4 is just about my favourite go to smoke!
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Sunday 07 December, 2014
Lovely half hour smoke, tight draw but so rich and nicely flavoured, I will get some more of these. Flavour consistent all way down, didn't detect any spice or pepper, just a really nice mid size cigar to go with a good coffee.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Tuesday 10 July, 2012
Being a newcomer to the cigar world ive recently tried alot of different cigars but this one is my favourite in its size. Woody flavour, burns very well and is good for a 35 min smoke sitting in the sun! Great for its price, definatly keep a few handy in the humidor!
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Wednesday 27 June, 2012
Very enjoyable smoke only complaint is me being unlucky i believe, in that the one i had was a tight draw, and the first one of these i had was not am tempted to try the no 4s now.