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Montecristo Media Corona Cigar - 1 Single

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Length: 3 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 44
Strength: Medium to Full
Packaging: 1 Single Cigar

Vitola: Half Corona 
Smoking Time: 20 Minutes 
Other Cigars in this Vitola: H. Upmann Half Corona

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. 

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.

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.

Tasting Notes

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.


90 / 100

"...Enrobed in a veiny, wrinkled wrapper, this small corona offers a salty, nutty smoke fortified with notes of coffee bean and earthy underpinnings. It tastes better than it looks..."


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by Robert on Wednesday 24 July, 2019
Having previously had an unpleasant experience with a couple of Media Coronas (impossible draw, uneven burn) before, I tried one again the night before last as it had arrived as the mystery cigar as part of the C.gars monthly subscription. This time, Im happy to report, there was a much improved outcome. The 44 x 90mm vitola is the smallest of the Cuban Montecristo family but certainly looks the part - it normally comes presented in a unique sliding tin of 5. This one proved to be an easy 30 minutes, delivering plentiful smoke output and a very pleasant aroma. Strength was upper medium. Used a simple punch cut which was ideal for the RG and it was easy enough to fire up. I did however find the overall taste not particularly complex and in my view the cigar came across as a little undemanding but still enjoyable smoke. Probably not too surprising given the relatively short size. That said, I did detect a definite caramel sweetness lingering in the background which was rather pleasant. This example has had a month or two in the humi at 69 which I think helped and it burned well, offering a reasonable but still not perfect draw. Overall the Media Corona was certainly enjoyable, but probably not quite good enough to become a personal favourite.
by Jack on Thursday 21 February, 2019
After a pretty naff day I decided to try a little Monte to chill out, I aged this stick around 2 months too. First off quite a bitter taste almost unpleasant, then settles into a rich creamy leather and quite spicy little stick. Medium strength and would buy again.
by Chris on Saturday 09 April, 2016
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.
by Shanker on 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
by Staff on 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.
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