Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo "A"
47 47
Tasting Note
A gorgeous “A” with a perfect three-seam cap. The draw is firm to tight. The aroma is mellow and woody, and the smoke has cedar wood, toast and spices on the palate.
Size "A"
Ring Gauge 47
Length 9 1/4"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Aug 01, 2006
Price £34.00
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2011 | Score: 93

Nearly perfect in appearance, this cigar burns evenly, but the draw is bit firm. The smoke is creamy and balanced with a complex range of sweet toast, coffee bean and a nougat-like aftertaste. Very flavorful.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 09, 2010 | Score: 89

A beautiful “A” size with an oily wrapper and flawless cap, though all tasters encountered a very firm draw despite leather, cinnamon and cedary flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2008 | Score: 90

This great-looking “A” has a firm draw, but even burn. The smoke brings together an interesting balance of creamy spiciness and and grassy, earthiness. The finish is rich with tobacco.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 20, 2007 | Score: 93

A gorgeous cigar with a perfect, oily wrapper and flat cap. It burns very slowly, delivering a balanced abundance of rich coffee, toast and nut flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2004 | Score: 87

A cigar with unacceptable draw problems. If you find one that’s not plugged, it’s a masterpiece with elegance and balance, but we tested these repeatedly and had many that were plugged.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2003 | Score: 92

Beautifully crafted, this cigar burns well and has a fine draw. It's rich, nutty and heady, with a tasty, rich character. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2002 | Score: 82

This good-looking "A" has few veins and a nice shape, but the flavor doesn't match the appearance. It has a firm draw and a crooked burn. The smoke is chewy, woody and tastes of gum.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 01, 2001 | Score: 86

This large cigar has a tight draw. The smoke is sour and gummy at first, but it improves slightly. Not up to expectations.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2001 | Score: 86

This cigar is a bit pale, and the wrapper lacks oils. The draw is very firm. The smoke is mellow and woody, with hints of toast. A disappointment for a normally outstanding cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1999 | Score: 94

A beautiful cigar with great texture. It draws and burns well, showing coffee, nut and cream flavors and a long finish. Balanced.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 01, 1999 | Score: 90

This large cigar is nearly flawless. The draw is a bit firm, but the flavor is rich and complex. The cigar is earthy and peppery, with hints of chocolate, dark spices and wood. Not as strong as it looks.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1997 | Score: 91

A great-looking cigar, with an oily sheen on the wrapper. An excellent draw leads to a sweet spice, nutmeg flavor with an earthy undertone. It has a mild finish that intensifies. Great balance.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 1996 | Score: 93

This big, long cigar is extremely well made, with a silky, oily wrapper. The draw and burn are superb, delivering smoke that's surprisingly smooth and elegant.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale