Montecristo No. 5 Cigar - 1 Single

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Description Ref # MO0502

Flavour: Medium to Full
Length: 4" (102mm)
Ring Gauge: 40
Packaging: Single cigar

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.

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 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...
by Alex on Sunday 25 December, 2016
Fairly new to cigars but tried quite a few over the years. The No. 5 lights up easily enough and the burn is the most even I've seen. The draw was quite tight. Any more and would be pointless to smoke. Good cigar for a walk. 3 stars as has nothing on the No. 4 's but still a worthwhile satisfying smoke but will probably stick to No.4's on next order for inexpensive montecristos.
by Bill on Saturday 19 November, 2016
Not impressed as the wrapper came undone. Was cut perfectly well yet this still happened. Ruined the smoke for me.
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