Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo "A"
47 47
Tasting Note
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.
Body Medium
Size "A"
Ring Gauge 47
Length 9 1/4"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Insider – Mar 09, 2010
Price £38.70
Box DateJuly 2009
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 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: Aug 01, 2006 | Score: 90

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.

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