September 19, 2007
Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.87 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Price : 6.30€/each
The tiny Montecristo No. 5 pleasantly surprised me. I discovered great taste variations in this 30-minutes smoke – I don’t know how they managed to pack all of these flavors in such a short stick, but I am sure happy they did.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
Modest appearance, very similar to other small Montecristos. Had some very nice plume on it, which means that the cigar was properly aged (I felt it).
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
Very well constructed, I experienced a satisfying draw, an even burn and rich clouds of white smoke.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
The very beginning was very spicy (too spicy for my taste) and a bit harsh, but things changed after a couple of minutes of smoking. The flavor smoothed out and only a little of the spiciness was left, transforming the Montecristo No. 5 into a very light and mild cigar. By the end of the second third, notes of cocoa and roasted coffee were progressively added to the bouquet, which made it extremely delicious. A shame the last third was too short 🙂
Value : [rating:4/5]
Montecristo No. 5 is expensive considering its small format, but is worth it.
Overall Rating : [rating:overall/5]
A great cigar to be smoked at any moment of the day. If you have a short break, go for it – 25-30 minutes and you’re done, happy and satisfied.
December 6, 2016
Great short smoke. Packed with flavor and amazingly lots of smoke for such a small cigar! Best to leave age for one year minimum.
December 31, 2014
Its been a while since posting. Tried my first “monte” way back in 2011….wow, time flies. Taste is much more refined now (still stick to my one a week treat habit, mostly). Upon further review this is a very nice cigar. Still think there are many other options with better overall scores when you factor in the price of Montecristo’s
December 31, 2014
Love this cigar! I prefer to smoke this after breakfast when I only have about 30 min. to spare. It has a nice strong spicy start with a smooth, yet strong, roasted coffee finish with a hint of sweetness. If you can get one, SMOKE IT!!!
May 4, 2014
Now, I was a mite surprised to read that the opener of this stick was “too much”, but I guess that’s palates, and how they (fortunately) differ, my own take:
Montecristo 5 – (40 minutes)
Prelight: very easy and flavoured draw. Surface unevenness from hand rolling, but not as rough as Rafael Gonzales Perla. Punch cut, very easy, no compression.
First ⅓: extremely gentle, cool draw, no immediate overt overtones other than “Havana”. Smoke enhances extant flavour of Tanqueray & tonic with lime. Very even burn, ash shows leaf roll line but keeps perfectly straight.
Second ⅓: no particular development in flavour, fuller than Rey El Mundo, but as cool and “pure Havana” as before. (NB; am I missing something?). Quite delightful, like a “steak au nature” without “side flavours”. There is as much enjoyment from being present in the bouquet as drawing. Went to refresh drink, no flameout! Ash not as robust as first third, needs to be rolled off sooner. Further enhancement of the tonic & lime, excellent to maintain/complement the drink!
Final ⅓: as above; beautifully even throughout! I wish the band would come away easier, don’t want to surrender anything here. No evidence at all of moisture buildup at the head, maintains a sweet, even draw without heat. Leaf holds together perfectly. Ash breaks cleanly at ¼” point, worth noting to avoid accidents from leaving a long ash stack.
In sum: Plenty robust enough for a beginner and still satisfying for the aficionado of the subtler notes this cigar has to offer. No bitterness, even with retro-inhale (necessary to allow flavour to roll through mouth, nose and sinuses). This is ideal as an after dinner cigar when you don’t want to loose any of what’s gone before. Charming!
July 26, 2013
A first class smoke. Only had two recently, but clean and flavoursome smoke. One of the best Cubans I have smoked.
February 7, 2013
I have had 3 boxes of these so far. Finished the first box a few weeks ago, and before the last one was burned out, I ordered 2 more boxes. Best perlas that Cuba makes. I won’t get caught without these in my humidor again. Suprisingly, my two new boxes are also from 2011. Not a single construction issue and they are amazing!
August 28, 2012
Wonderful cigar!Develops quickly into a supersmooth, creamy, chocholate&coffee laden stick. Never had a cigar(different brand) that was close to this kind of smoothness and balance. Regarding its value: its one of the few cigars that you can smoke (with pleasure) till you burn your fingers, so you get as much out of this as many petit coronas.
April 28, 2011
Well it’s quite simply a wonderful smoke.Construction and draw perfect and burn as near perfect as makes no difference,I just had to gently touch the wrapper down one side briefly after I lost the first ash.Fantastically cool and smooth smoking experience with a growing intensity of sweet and spicy as the cigar developed.Not terribly complex as you might expect for a 40 RG but as a go to everyday smoke when there’s a spare 40 minutes to kick back with then these are very well worth it.
March 26, 2011
I’m a new cigar smoker exploring various brands. This is the only montecristo i’ve tried, and it was a pleasure to smoke. Started of peppery, then creamy with notes of vanilla. Towards the end each puff brought a different taste with it. Coffee, sweet cocoa and cinnamon. Beautiful draw. Lots of smoke. Only complaint is that it finished so quickly.
January 19, 2011
I am new to the cigar world and have tried 5 cigars so far. Trying for a one a week treat but getting hard to not want to try more. I bought one of these cigars to test for possible gifts (expecting my first boy in late Feb). Have read and tried to educate myself but do try to keep clear of too many reviews or opinions until I try it for myself. That being said I liked this choice but not my favourite maybe 4th of the 5 I got. Nice and firm to the touch. Had a few anxious moments with uneven burn I had to correct. Had a nice change from 1st to 2nd third. Glad I got rid of the overpowering spiciness and it evened out a bit for the rest. Think it might have been too much for me as I am a beginner. Like to try it again once I refine my palate bit, might not be a great beginner cigar. Anyone with any other suggestions out there please pass them along.
October 10, 2009
I have smoked 7 of these. 6 Have been excellant, one plugged as happens with Cubans nowadays. A wonderfull cigar with a nice aftertaste. Enjoy a scotch or coffee with these. 4.5 out of 5 from this beginner.
July 8, 2009
Great smoke but let them rest in your humi for a couple of months
January 27, 2009
This little firecracker will kick you in the pants. Lots of spice, very robust, all in a nice little package. Great quick smoke.
September 25, 2007
One of the nicest short smokes. Perfectly combines spice and smoothness.
September 19, 2007
Indeed, a very good stick, although I’d have to say that the intoxication flavor that was mentioned in the final third seemsed to be evident in the beginning of the second third for me. Nice burn, even draw, not too overwhelming. Overall , a great smoke!
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