Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo Classic Especial No. 3
Especial No. 3
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
44 44
Tasting Note
A pale, blondish cigar that starts with a surprisingly spicy kick of pepper and earth. It settles down to a floral, grassy finish.
Body Mild-Medium
Size Corona
Ring Gauge 44
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper U.S.A./Conn. Shade
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jun 01, 2015
Price $9.80
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2016 | Score: 87

Covered in blondish wrapper, this corona has a lush draw and dead-even burn. It's a wheaty, leathery smoke with a creamy texture and slightly bitter finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2012 | Score: 87

Light in complexion with some gnarly veins and a firm draw. It's as mild as it looks with grassy notes and some bitter wood.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2010 | Score: 87

A veiny cigar that emits a strong aroma as it burns, though it's a mild- to medium-bodied cigar with some creamy, woody notes and some papery flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 88

This solidly rolled corona is a toasty smoke with coffee notes and some intermittent citrus flavors. The finish is earthy.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2008 | Score: 87

This golden brown cigar has an even draw and burn, starting out cedary and toasty but turning charry on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2006 | Score: 85

Good color on this cigar, which has a rough cap. It’s peppery, with a dry woodiness and some sweet notes. Mild.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 10, 2006 | Score: 88

Covered in a light-brown wrapper, this corona has a fine draw and burn. Wood, earth and ground pepper flavors lead to a woody finish. Smooth and mellow overall.

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