Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo No. 3
No. 3
90
points
Cuba
Cuba
42 42
Medium
Medium
Tasting Note
Covered in a deep-brown wrapper, this cigar has a firm draw but still delivers rich café au lait flavors, sweet wood and a bready finish. Medium bodied overall.
Body Medium
Size Corona
Ring Gauge 42
Length 5 5/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Apr 01, 2010
Price £12.50
Box DateJan. 2005
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 11, 2017 | Score: 92

Crafted with a three-seam cap, this cigar starts with a floral and coconut character that frames a core of graham cracker, wood and coffee bean.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2016 | Score: 89

First puffs of this dark, well-made corona exhibit cedary, spicy qualities with hints of licorice and floral under- tones. The finish is dry and peppery.

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

First puffs of this dark, well-made corona exhibit cedary, spicy qualities with hints of licorice and floral under- tones. The finish is dry and peppery.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2015 | Score: 85

The tight draw opens up a bit, but remains firm throughout, offering almond notes, underlying bitterness and an ashy aftertaste.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2015 | Score: 90

The dense, lush smoke of this corona leaves notably precise impressions of salted caramel on the palate. There's a touch of cinnamon on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2013 | Score: 89

A savory smoke with big, oaky flavors and earthy notes. There is a fruitiness and vanilla notes as well, though the finish is a bit odd.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 25, 2013 | Score: 89

A savory smoke with big, oaky flavors and earthy notes. There is a fruitiness and vanilla note as well, though the finish is a bit odd.

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

Toasty and tea like, this mild smoke becomes more medium bodied with heady woody flavors as the cigar progresses.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2012 | Score: 90

Slightly firm with a dead even burn, but this corona imparts an elegant balance of toasted almonds and spicy ginger bread flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2011 | Score: 90

This medium-bodied little smoke is salty and earthy with smatterings of tea and floral notes, especially on the aftertaste.

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

The wrapper of this cigar seems poorly applied, but the draw and burn are decent. It’s a medium-bodied smoke that reveals some toasty, earthy flavors, and herbal note and a salty finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2007 | Score: 92

This good-looking cigar has a near perfect performance, burning with a black/gray ash. It’s earthy, complex and rich, with some red pepper spices on the palate. A medium- to full-bodied smoke that should improve with some age.

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

This well-made cigar burns well, imparting creamy, toasty notes with some leather and earth flavors. The finish is long and chewy, smacking of tea and tobacco.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2006 | Score: 90

This cigar has a good cap, and a fine sheen to the wrapper. It’s a toasty and floral smoke, with notes of coffee bean and a slight cocoa finish. A medium to full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2005 | Score: 91

The wrapper on this cigar is spotted and rustic, but the flavor is superb. It’s rich, oaky and cedary, with coffee and burnt caramel notes. A medium to full-bodied smoke with a long finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2004 | Score: 88

A good-looking corona that’s slightly veiny. It has a firm draw and a superb burn, with a tight ash. It’s medium bodied but not very complex.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2003 | Score: 92

A leathery, spicy smoke with elegance and balance, this superb cigar is tasty and well made. Full bodied, with a long, leathery finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 88

Bumpy and oily, this cigar has a firm draw. There are coffee and leather notes with some rough, tangy flavors. A medium to full-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2001 | Score: 88

A very veiny and rumpled cigar with good flavor. The smoke is leathery and woody and a bit dry, with a hint of sweet citrus fruit. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2001 | Score: 87

A golden-brown cigar that's well made. It has a good draw. The smoke is nutty, toasty and smooth, with notes of herbs and a touch of youth.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2000 | Score: 88

A well-balanced medium-bodied cigar that has solid earthy and leathery flavors. It has a definite woody finish.

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

This cigar has a beautiful cap. The cigar is herbal and a bit muted, with some sour, bitter notes. Inconsistent.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1999 | Score: 87

A strong core of cedary, and coffee bean notes on the palate. It also has a good core of sweet spices, with a hint of toast. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1999 | Score: 87

This solid, oily cigar has a firm draw but a perfect burn. It's cedary, woody and herbal, with a hint of cocoa.

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

An attractive and oily cigar with an excellent draw. It burns beautifully, leaving a dark gray ash. Sweet spices, including nutmeg and cinnamon, were noted.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1996 | Score: 88

A smooth but full-bodied cigar with a solid core of exotic spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg, and a pleasing cedary finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1993 | Score: 86

A very enjoyable cigar with a complex blend of nutty and cedar flavors, but the slight flaws in the wrapper and an uneven burn lessen the pleasure.

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