Reviewed by Don Ciambotti (August 2003)
I just smoked a Montecristo #4 from Feb. 03. First of all, I admit. I suck at reviews. But, if I was any good at reviews, I could say...
I went to the patio to watch the All-Star game. I poured a glass of wine, an Italian white. A pinot grigio from Mezza Corona to be exact. Then I could tell you about the wrapper. Shiny, oily, a nice reddish brown color. No veins. To the touch, somewhat springy. I punched the signature triple cap. I prefer to punch corona sizes. I get a better taste of the wrapper that way.
I could tell you about the aroma, which was rich, warm and pleasant. I could go on to tell you that the ash was flaky, kind of greyish black. Reminiscent of a piece of charred maple at the end of a campfire.
If I was any good at reviews, I'd tell you that the taste was very complex for such a young cigar. The first third had overtones of caramel with hints of vanilla. The second third changed to sweet cocoa, dark chocolate, and I swear I tasted hints of cinnamon. The last third - WOW- opened up into a very intense cedar taste with the unmistakable 'twang' that we all know.
Now, remember I suck at this...I'll could tell you about the smoke. Not hoards of smoke, but rather a rich, white-grey color. Burn, a slight canoe effect that rectified itself about an inch in then burned very straight.
If I'd done this before, I'd tell you that the strength was more medium than full. The flavor of this petite corona never exploded, but I didn't really expect it to. Give it a year or two and it will.
If I had done a review before, I'd explain that this young cocoon of the leaf will be fabulous in a year, and is very good right now. A sweet mix of flavors that I will have a hard time laying off of, even though I know that I will be rewarded handsomely if I do.
But, since I suck at review I'll just say this. Smoke 'em up
A great review which I would agree with wholeheartedly...covered all the basic clearly strength,flavour,aroma and construction.Well written...humorous and concise -
Reviewed by Smokeymo
Wish Don had been more descriptive about the cigar since the Montecristo # 4 is one of my go to cigars. All I could remember is that he sucks at reviews. Possibly a tongue in cheek approach but I found it to be distracting.
Reviewed by Stephen Mazzuca
Yep, he sucks at writing cigar reviews.
Reviewed by Matt Rousey
OVERALL SCORE: 17/30
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Friday 17 July, 2015
Quite a good smoke but made my head spin (hence the 2 ) . Prefer R & J Cedros de luxe No 3
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Friday 15 May, 2015
There is nothing I can say here that hasn't already been covered, but when I buy my no.4's from this site they always seem to be better quality than other stores. My favourite smoke by far.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Monday 26 January, 2015
So far been the best cigar I've ever smoked! Had a nice even draw, earthy spicy flavours, not too powerful. Tried my first one on the roof of my hotel in Rome, overlooking the Colosseum with a glass of Scotch. I'll never forget my first Monty 4!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Tuesday 26 August, 2014
Im only a novice to cigar smoking but myself and the wife have just had our first No4. We both found it a wonderful smoke, good burn, very pleasant taste and consistant throughout. I will definately be repeating the experience. I have a number 2 to try now , when I find the time :)