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Montecristo No. 5 Cigar - 1 Single

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Description Ref # MO0502

Length: 4" 
Ring Gauge: 40
Strength: Medium to Full
 1 Single Cigar 

Vitola: Tres Petit Corona
Smoking Time: 20 Minutes
Other Cigars in this Vitola: Cohiba Siglo I

Montecristo is the best known and probably most appreciated brand of Habanos throughout the world. It forms the benchmark for many Habanos smokers against which other brands are judged. 

The name comes from the hero of Alexandre Dumas' famous novel 'The Count of Montecristo,' which was a firm favourite when read by the Lector to the Torcedores (cigar makers) at the factory where it was founded in 1935. 

The original Montecristo range of sizes was composed of a narrow assortment numbered from 1 to 5. Today it consists of a wide variety of vitolas to cover every level of the cigar enthusiast's needs. 

Montecristo's perfectly balanced blends are created exclusively with selected filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone, home of the finest tobaccos in the world. 

Tasting Notes

It has all the qualities of the brand and is a real appetizer, intense sweet/spicy flavour similar to chocolate mixed with raisins. Delicious.


89 / 100

"...A well-made petit corona that burns evenly, offering a sweet, floral smoke balanced by hints of crushed black pepper, leather and earth..."


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Taste Test

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.


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by Simon on Wednesday 31 October, 2018
This has got to be the worst cigar Ive ever had. Bought it at close of play from Chester to have while having a swift pint. Cant tell you what the Ash burn was like because it didnt stay lit long enough to get any, when it did light it burned uneven every time at one point it burned down the center of the cigar leaving the sides unlit. It reminded me of one of my nans woodbines from years ago, cigar seemed damp inside could not get a draw from it at all, binned it half way down and its not a large cigar. Will not be buying this brand again, maybe a bit harsh but you expect to be able to enjoy all there brands regardless of the price.
by Lee on Saturday 16 June, 2018
Originally purchased this from the main shop in Liverpool as recommend by Evan.Very tasty enjoyable smoke. With this in mind I ordered a further two more online along with a few other cigars. After receiving I noticed some green discolouration on one of the cigars. After emailing Liam (with images attached, including humidor readings which were fine) I was advised that this was just superficial and would not affect the overall experience of the smoke. Unfortunately in my opinion the smoke for some reason was very different. The burn was not even at all, the cigar needed constant re-lighting, and the drag seemed poor. Now I don’t claim to be any sort of expert, however I have smoked a fair few cigars. This was definitely one of the worst. Still tempted to try another No5 but perhaps from another supplier, although I will still purchase from here unless the issues Im having continue.
by Ed on Friday 01 September, 2017
I've smoked dozens of these and never had a bad one. Consistent construction with the classic Montecristo taste. The perla size makes it perfect as an everyday smoke or for when time does not allow for a bigger cigar. Smoked slowly the flavours are better and can last over half an hour. I always enjoy these down to the nub and burn my fingers.
by Michael on Monday 15 May, 2017
For me this was a terrible smoke, construction and draw ok, but as for the taste there was not even a hint of sweetness, it was very harsh and tasted of bad strong burnt liquorice (I normally like liquorice) Anyway a double thumbs down Monte No.5
by Gary on Saturday 04 March, 2017
I received this as part of a 'short but sweet' sampler & found it to be the tightest cigar I have ever encountered. The band came away as soon as I touched it & having toasted & lit the cigar it went downhill from there. Unsmokable, a very disappointing experience which I allowed to expire & disregard. Needless to say I shall not be purchasing again. I thoroughly enjoy the Montecristo Purito as a 10 minute 'beer garden' smoke & my experience of the 'Open Master' was delightful. Unless you enjoy trying to suck a golf ball through a hose pipe, buy something else...
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