Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo No. 1
No. 1
90
points
Cuba
Cuba
42 42
Medium
Medium
Tasting Note
The floral smoke of this slim cigar also shows notes of almond paste and earth. There is an elegant touch of vanilla cream on the finish.
Body Medium
Size Lonsdale
Ring Gauge 42
Length 6 1/2"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Insider – Jul 11, 2017
Price £20.00
Box DateMay 2016
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2017 | Score: 90

The floral smoke of this slim cigar also shows notes of almond paste and earth. There is an elegant touch of vanilla cream on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 20, 2016 | Score: 91

This well-made lonsdale has a luxurious draw and dead-even burn. Its smoke is redolent of dark chocolate, nutmeg and spice before a woody, leathery finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2015 | Score: 89

Crafted with a flat head and veiny wrapper, this slim smoke draws evenly. There's a floral undertone complemented by nutty notes, touches of vanilla and wood.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2014 | Score: 89

Cedary and tea-like notes of this pleasantly pressed Lonsdale take on touches of café au lait and a tangy woody finish. Simple yet tasty.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 25, 2013 | Score: 93

Light tea notes and orange peel flavors take on heavier notes of wood and leather. A tasty, elegant medium-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2013 | Score: 93

Light tea notes and orange peel flavors take on heavier notes of wood and leather. A tasty, elegant medium-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2012 | Score: 91

Very savory notes of leather and wood manage to get through the firm draw of this Lonsdale. The smoke becomes sweet with graham cracker flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2011 | Score: 88

A salty smoke with an underlying earthiness and some warm toasty notes that come in and out. Mild to medium bodied overall.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2009 | Score: 91

A medium- to full-bodied Lonsdale with a slightly firm draw but good amount of leather, spice and wood on the palate. Well balanced and complex.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2008 | Score: 93

A gorgeous cigar with a fine cap and excellent draw. It is rich, toasty and well balanced by creamy cedar notes that are uncommonly resonant on the finish. A difficult cigar to put down.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 20, 2007 | Score: 89

Pressed with a flat cap, this cigar has a fine draw that delivers cocoa, cedar and leathery flavors. Some creaminess was also noted.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2006 | Score: 88

This cigar has a fine draw. It’s earthy, leathery and savory, with some herbal qualities and a zesty, long finish with a touch of wood. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 12, 2005 | Score: 85

A dry, coarse wrapper covers this cigar. It has rough notes and a poor performance. Great inconsistency—quite different from the other Montecristo No. 1 cigars

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 07, 2004 | Score: 89

This gorgeous lonsdale has a nice three-seam cap and a fine roasty aroma. Though the burn and draw are off, it has steadily improving flavors as it burns. Notes of caramel and sweetness lead to a woody finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2004 | Score: 92

Wonderful Colorado color on this lonsdale, which has a fine cap and a silky wrapper. It burns with a fine aroma. Earthy on the onset, it develops a lovely sweet taste with hints of nuts, coffee grounds. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 2003 | Score: 87

This pale-wrapped cigar has a firm draw. Nutty and toasty flavors lead to a spicy finish, but the flavors lack some depth, and the cigar is dry on the mouth. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2002 | Score: 86

An oily, streaky cigar that's well made. The burn was inconsistent and the cigar suffered from a firm draw, but there were rich, very sweet flavors to the smoke, and hints of leather and sweet fruit on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 2002 | Score: 89

Box pressed and dark, with a beautiful cap. The draw is tight. The smoke is spicy and strong, with earthy notes.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 2002 | Score: 86

This chocolate-brown cigar has wonderful texture. It begins with a hint of tea, then turns cedary and creamy. A medium-bodied cigar.

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

A good looking cigar with a nice head. It's sweet and meaty, and very strong.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 01, 2000 | Score: 85

Inconsistent. Definite signs of youth. But there is a core of cedar and sweet tobacco flavors. Very woody.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 2000 | Score: 86

A well-made lonsdale with a good cap. It has an inconsistent draw. The cigar is medium to full bodied, with green, herbal notes and a light flavor of cedar. It lacks depth.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 01, 1999 | Score: 91

A medium to full bodied powerhouse. It's filled with cocoa bean and leather flavors, and some hints of coffee beans. It also has a strong woodiness. There was some inconsistency noted in the draw.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 1999 | Score: 88

This cigar has a perfect cap, but some soft spots. It has soft, medium-bodied flavors, including sweet spices and fruit, along with sour notes. Very inconsistent.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 1998 | Score: 92

This is an extremely well-balanced cigar. Great looking. It has a smooth spiciness with a note of sweet nutmeg and dried citrus. A solid woody finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 1996 | Score: 88

A medium- to full-bodied cigar with some mellow spiciness. It is smooth and well balanced with a floral character and some hints of cedar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 1996 | Score: 85

The deep, dark wrapper on this cigar is a bit rough and veiny. It has a good draw, delivering earthy and woody smoke with a dried spice quality. Some odd tastes were also noted.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 1994 | Score: 90

This cigar showed inconsistency. At its best, it has a beautiful wrapper and nutty aromas with sweet spice and coffee flavors.

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
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