Length: 3 1/2" Ring Gauge: 44 Flavour: Medium to Full Packaging: Single Cigar
Medias Corona literally translates as “Half Corona” and the size was first introduced in the UK back in 1907 by an English cigar importer who wanted to stop keeping his wife waiting for him at the theatre while he enjoyed the last of his Corona sized cigar.
However, from one man’s requirements the cigar quickly went on to become the most popular vitolas (sizes) in the market during the 1920s and 1930s. At one point it is estimated that the Half Corona, across various brands, accounted for one in every thirty Havana cigars sold in the UK. However, as tastes changed the format eventually faded from popularity until it was entirely discontinued.
That was until H. Upmann decided to revisit this long forgotten size and, giving it a slightly modern dusting down - it now bears a more modern, stout 44 ring gauge as opposed to the traditional 42 - relaunched it in 2011.
The Montecristo Medias Corona represents the second time that this format has been used and, at just 3 1/2 inches long, it remains the shortest long-filler handmade Cuban cigar you can buy.
Montecristo is the world’s biggest selling handmade cigar brand. It also boasts the UK’s best-selling individual size: the No. 4, which provides the benchmark taste for many smokers of handmade cigars.
Last year Montecristo was once again Britain’s best-selling handmade cigar brand accounting for around a quarter of all the Habanos sold in the UK domestic market. The Montecristo name is in dedication to the Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Montecristo, written almost exactly 100 years before the brand was launched and a popular book when read to the cigar rollers in the factories of Havana.
The origins of the name are also reflected in the ‘crossed sword’ motif of the Montecristo badge. This is the design that was first created by Jack Benham, a director of Hunters during the 1930s. An RAF pilot and leading light in the SOE, sadly Benham did not survive the Second World War.
The taste that has made Montecristo the world’s most sought-after premium cigar is often described as “tangy”. Certainly the flavour is distinctive.
Other words commonly used to describe the taste include ‘coffee’ and ‘cocoa beans’, ‘pepper’ as well as ‘orange peel’, ‘cinnamon’ and ‘vanilla’, all of which lead to the conclusion that a delicious bitter-sweet, spicy taste lies at the heart of Montecristo’s success combined, of course, with the perfect balance of its tobacco blend.
Until now my opinion of Montecristo cigars was somewhat negative. I'd tried a couple but with bad results. The first was a "tubed," no. 4 which I smoked only half of and then left because I didn't enjoy it whatsoever, maybe it was a dud.The second was from the "Open," range and again I wasn't impressed at all so it was with trepidation that I approached this cigar. It was, however, third time lucky. Right from the start I knew this was something special. Wonderful mellow flavours that only a Cuban can provide. In the past I'd tried the H. Uppmann version but this is the "real deal." Could become my cigar of choice. Thoroughly recommended. I must now try the Petit Edmundo though.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Thursday 07 April, 2016
First time smoking this cigar, and it was.. OK. The construction of this cigar is great so no problems there, completed this in about 25 minutes, only ashed out twice and pared this with some coffee in the morning. For me though it lacked in flavour, I mainly picked up some sharp pepper on the lips that faded quickly, a slight grass and hay aroma, and a very flat earthly tobacco throughout, not much change. My only gripe with this cigar unfortunately was that moments after finishing it my mouth felt very dry, almost like drinking gin and tonic and having that overall dry sensation, which I didn;t expect. I personally wouldn't pick this up again, but i think if was aged for a few weeks or months maybe some flavours could of matured
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Friday 26 June, 2015
The Montecristo Media Corona (Half Corona) has now arrived and of course, we had to sample this one as well. This size is becoming more and more popular since we first saw the H. Upmann Half Corona and this really does show you why. Fantastic little smokes for when time is short, plenty of classic Montecristo flavours and just look at those wrappers! Medium in strength, this cigar is perfect for a breakfast smoke with a nice cup of coffee.
Of course, they are also sporting the new Montecristo band, which is subtly different but still a vast improvement.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
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