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Montecristo No. 4

3 Comments 18 March 2010

Montecristo No. 4

Cigar Mission #34

My name is Agent 8. My mission was to review the Montecristo No. 4 . As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor. The information below is my debrief.

Target Name:

Montecristo No. 4

Target Vitals:

Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban
Vitola: 5 1/8 x 44 (Mareva)
Strength: Medium to Full Bodied
Duration: 1:32:00
Average Price: $100 to $125 per box of 25

Background Info:

The Montecristo No. 4 is one of the most popular and best-selling Cuban cigars on the market today. Also noted to be a favorite smoke of Che Guevara.

Mission Debrief:

This is a popular cigar in my house in that this is my wife’s all-time favorite cigar. As many of you know from following me on Twitter, she is pregnant and has not had a cigar in almost a full year (and as of writing this, still waiting on the kid to arrive even though his due date is today, March 18th). A number of personal friends and family members asked me what would I smoke to commemorate our baby’s arrival. It turns out it was my wife who put her foot down and made the decision for the both of us. It made choosing a cigar for interrogation quite easy.

I didn’t find any issues or irregularities with all aspects of the physical appearance of the cigar. The cigar itself felt properly packed with zero soft spots found. Sweet, wooden aromas emit from the cigar pre-burn.

Using my Xikar cutter and a wooden match, the first of many draws from the cigar was open with the right amount of resistance. The most noticeable flavor I felt started the cigar was leather. This was the predominant flavor until around the halfway point, where I started to notice hint of nuts and slight cocoa, all very smooth and easy on the palette, while the leather became an afterthought to the other flavors. These flavors stayed to the completion of the cigar, all the while staying pleasant and not gaining bitterness. Expect a shorter finish from this cigar. I didn’t think the taste of the cigar stayed with me for more than a couple of hours.

A couple of minor issues did find me when smoking this cigar. The burn was slightly uneven and did require a couple of relights. The ash, while it does stay mostly firm, waiting to long to release the ash will allow it to end up in your lap, or in my case, my shirt and couch cushion.

Final Analysis:

Minor issues aside, this is a fantastic cigar, worthy of its accolades. The price point for this cigar is right on, and depending on where you order from, you can find deals which will put this in the lower range that I have listed above. For those looking for a first time Cuban, don’t be afraid to start here as it won’t break the bank and shouldn’t knock you on your ass. If you like them like my wife and I do, they won’t last long in your humidor.

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3 Comments so far

  1. devin says:

    looks like u got a sweet deal on those

  2. J Kane says:

    This is a great cigar! Although it looks like they’re much pricier in my neck of the woods than in yours!


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