Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo Especial
38 38
Tasting Note
A rustic-looking panetela with a notably firm draw. It's a rich and nutty smoke with a toasted undertone and hints of coffee bean.
Body Medium
Size Panetela
Ring Gauge 38
Length 7 1/2"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Apr 01, 2016
Price £18.38
Box DateJuly 2014
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2015 | Score: 91

A densely packed lancero with a dead-even burn. It's toasty and rich, imparting sweet notes of marzipan, dried fruit and coffee. Complex and enjoyable.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2013 | Score: 91

A reddish-brown lancero topped with a pigtail cap and very oily wrapper. Though the draw is a bit firm, it imparts profound nutmeg notes, along with gingerbread, cinnamon and light earthy flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2012 | Score: 92

There's a slightly firm draw to this pigtailed panatela, but lots of complexity that ranges from cream and cumin to more full-bodied flavors of coffee and rock salt.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2011 | Score: 91

A bumpy lancero with a notably firm draw and primarily salty, earthy flavors, though dark roasted espresso notes come through as the cigar is smoked.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2009 | Score: 89

This handsomely rolled lancero burns well but has a firm draw. Earthy flavors come through on initial puffs, but warm to show coffee, cocoa bean and some leather.

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

A pigtailed panetela with a well-oiled wrapper. Its tight draw inhibits the leather, toast and sweet flavors that would otherwise fully materialize.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 20, 2007 | Score: 91

A lovely lancero that draws very well. It has a rich core of chocolatey, nutty flavors peppered with earthy spices. The finish is long and complex with cinnamon notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2001 | Score: 91

An oily cigar with a nicely finished pig tail. The draw is firm, and the cigar burns evenly. It has an easygoing start, but blossoms into a fuller bodied spicy, leathery cigar with rich, sweet coffee notes.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 1996 | Score: 89

This cigar has an attractive pig tail. The draw is slightly tight, but it is smooth and spicy with an earthy quality to the smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1993 | Score: 91

A benchmark for this size. It's silky and smooth with cedar, chocolate and spice highlights and a long, flavorful aftertaste.

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