Montecristo No. 5 Comparison Review

Montecristo No. 5

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.86 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Box codes : 01/07, 04/07 & 04/08
Hand-Made
Price : Locally $12.00AUD Per Stick, Online $ 5.00AUD By The Box
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This review has been done to determine the merit of resting a cigar. It entails taking three Montecristo No 5s that have rested in a well controlled humidor for 3 & 8 months and comparing them to a new, just arrived 04/08 box.

At 8 Months : This is a well rounded little cigar. Has a nice floral start but builds by the end of the first third to become a very intruiging little stick. Starts to exhibit wood (ie Oak & Cedar), Honey and floral undertones. By 2/3 the way in it has built into an upper medium bodied smoke that wants to let you know it's a Cuban. Not overpowering but definitely forceful. Burn & construction are very good. Slight linger of coffee on the palate.

At 3 Months : A nice Perla. Has a lot of ability but seems to lack some finesse. Flavour bends between leather and wood. Aftertaste is very slightly vanilla & floral.

The construction has a bit to be desired as I had to adjust numerous times. Never relit though. Short Finish.

New Box : These smell fresh and young. The one that I smoked from this box before laying them down was a nice little cigar but it lacked the great Montecristo aroma & intrigue. It became bitter towards the end and needed a lot of attention to the burn. Still, this is a great tasting cigar for one so small and young.

Overall Assesment : These are great cigars if you let them rest. I believe that you should let any cigar rest at least a month if you buy it online. From a reputable shop you should be ready to go in a week. There are exceptions though and of course ageing any good Cuban is well worth the time if you are patient enough. I struggle, like you all, to give them time! (Grinning)

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5 Comments on “Montecristo No. 5 Comparison Review”

  1. That’s a very interesting article that shows than even 8 months can make a difference with a Cuban cigar. Thank you.

  2. Okay, but was this a BLIND taste test? Now you have to start over!

  3. Great review. I like this format a lot and you should definitely do it again.

  4. Sounds good; I’ll let mine rest for a while (impulse buy at 40% off on Heathrow).

  5. My Review of the Montecristo No. 5

    What a little flavor bomb! This is one of the most robust flavorful cigars I’ve smoked. It had an intense earthiness to it with cocoa on the finish. The burn was kind of all over the place, but it always corrected itself. It is amazing how much flavor is packed into this little cigar. I would say this is probably one of the best, if not the best, tres petite corona I’ve had. It is a fantastic quick smoke.

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