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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. 

Please note: Matches not included. 

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 Marcus on Tuesday 01 December, 2020
First third wasnt to my taste as it was quite peppery , second third had grassy and leathery notes, final third quite pleasant with mellow nutty notes. Burnt well, Ash held up very well, last around 30 mins. All in all, not to my taste but certainly not a bad cigar.
by Alan on Monday 24 August, 2020
Excellent cigar. Full of flavour and a good draw. Would buy again. Smoked in about 20 mins.
by Andrew on Wednesday 05 August, 2020
Very disappointed with this one, but its a learning curve to a new smoker. The draw on this was FAR too tight to get any flavour profiles, occasionally I had a hint of what it had to offer, but unfortunately this was marred by the tightness and lack of smoke. This was a real shame, especially for 11 pounds, as the little hints of flavour were very enjoyable. But at least I know to avoid it in the future.
by Adam on Friday 19 June, 2020
Im a relative novice and this is my first review of my 5th cigar. Really tried to take my time with it after reading some articles about enhancing enjoyment and it paid off. First third was lovely and gave me toasted nutty flavours and a hint of vanilla. I paired it with a 12 year old Aberlour which made it quite sweet on my palate in the middle third. I may have been going a bit too slow as it went out just before the band and was quite bitter for the first draw after relighting. Last 3rd was quite grassy with hints of hay and and tangy on the tongue. This has been my favourite so far and gave me 35 minutes of enjoyment. The products arrived promptly and in pristine condition after ordering.
by David on Monday 06 April, 2020
A shorter version of the best selling Montecristo no 4 for your 20-30 minutes coffee break. David - C.Gars Ltd Cigar Ambassador
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