Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo No. 4
No. 4
90
points
Cuba
Cuba
42 42
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Though rustic in appearance, this corona has a dead-even burn and lush draw. It's floral and salty with earthy elements and sweeter touches of cocoa powder.
Body Medium-Full
Size Petit Corona
Ring Gauge 42
Length 5 1/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Insider – Jul 11, 2017
Price £13.20
Box DateMarch 2015
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2017 | Score: 90

Though rustic in appearance, this corona has a dead-even burn and lush draw. It's floral and salty with earthy elements and sweeter touches of cocoa powder.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 20, 2016 | Score: 89

Rolled with a round head, this petit corona has a full draw. Floral notes and a gingersnap sweetness combine with earthier elements before a slightly bitter finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2014 | Score: 90

Slightly pressed with a soft head and tight draw. This is a savory, profoundly leathery smoke complemented by notes of dark coffee and an earthy finish.

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

A very well-rolled cigar that loads the palate with nutty notes, graham cracker flavor and black tea intonations. A truly delicious and balanced smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2012 | Score: 89

This little corona shows a medium-bodied balance of finely ground black pepper and creamy coffee notes. It burns and draws evenly.

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

Dark and streaky with an inconsistent draw and burn. It is intermittently leathery and spicy, but flavors turn papery on the finish.

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

Pressed and golden with a perfect draw. Despite its small size this cigar is complex with leathery, spicy flavors and a profound coffee note that precedes a more subtly spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 20, 2007 | Score: 90

A well-constructed petit corona that gives off a rich caramel aroma as it burns. The cigar is very toasty with underlying nutty flavors and a long black cherry finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2006 | Score: 89

A mottled and pressed cigar that has some problems with its burn. It’s very flavorful, with rich cedar, leather and earth notes and a good amount of orange peel. A leathery, medium-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 26, 2005 | Score: 91

Attractive and golden brown with a very nice flat cap and perfect draw. It has cinnamon, wood and leather notes, packing a lot of flavor for a smaller cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2005 | Score: 92

A perfect cap on this silky cigar. It’s salty, earthy and smooth, with a long, spicy finish. Medium to full bodied. Balanced, complex and wonderful.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2003 | Score: 90

A beautiful three-seam cap tops this cigar, which is rich and strong. It finishes with a nutty flavor. The prototypical petit corona.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2002 | Score: 87

Dark and pressed, with some stretch marks. The cigar has a papery, bland start, then develops interesting notes of leather and chocolate. Some inconsistency was noted.

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

An oily wrapper with a dark color. The cigar is powerful, with a dense spiciness and loads of black pepper flavor. A dry finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2001 | Score: 90

A good cap covers this cigar. It's nutty, toasty and smooth, with dense, big flavors for such a small smoke. It's spicy, with medium- to full-bodied flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2001 | Score: 90

Great color and texture to this cigar, but the wrapper is veiny. It has a perfect draw, and the smoke is loaded with leather, coffee and chocolate flavors, with a hint of black pepper. Full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 2000 | Score: 87

This box-pressed cigar has some veins. It has an inconsistent burn. It has some floral characteristics and a hint of wood and cedar. A chalky finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 1999 | Score: 89

Box pressed, with a reddish brown wrapper. Very silky. It's earthy, peppery and aggressive, with hints of ginger. Some rough notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Nov 01, 1997 | Score: 90

A well-made cigar. It has a strong spiciness, and a complex earthiness with hints of dark roasted coffee on the palate, and a long, spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 1997 | Score: 85

Dark brown but extremely wrinkled, this cigar is flat at first but warms up to show rich and creamy flavors. A flat finish. Not terribly refined.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 1996 | Score: 87

A well-made small cigar that shines with oil. It draws and burns well, giving off some dry spice and wood flavors, but it lacks complexity.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1995 | Score: 89

A perfumed aroma makes this an attractive cigar. It has smooth, round flavors of herbed spices. It is full bodied and spicy.

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