What's Smoking May 2012 - Montecristo No . 5

A look at the Montecristo No. 5, a small Cigar that has been gaining a great reputation of late as the quality of these Cigars have improved.

Construction Issues

I've always been a fan of the Montecristo range of premium Cuban Cigars. That Montecristo flavour, that twang is unique among the marca and one I fell in love with when I smoked a Montecristo No. 4 many moons ago.

But mention Montecristo to the seasoned aficionado and you'll find his face curl up a little. There's always been a big problem with the marca and unfortunately it's down to it's own success - the production is dreadfully inconsistent.

Construction issues have plagued some of the more popular vitolas of the Montecristo range, notably the Montecristo No. 3 and No. 4. The draw can be firm to the point of being plugged and. You can't say that this is unexpected. With the popularity of the brand as it is, it's no surprise. The Montecristo No. 4 for example, is the best selling Cuban Cigar in the world. With this demand production has had to be stepped up, and with this the quality suffers.

The renaissance

However, it's not all bad news. I have noticed amongst others that the brand may have turned the corner. It happens. After a few years it seems the sun has shined on Montecristo once again. There's no better example of this than the Montecristo No. 5, the Cigar I will be looking at more in depth in this month's What's Smoking.

The Montecristo No. 5
Name Brand Vitola
Montecristo No. 5 Perlas - 40 x 4"

Launched in , the Montecristo No. 5 is one of the smaller vitolas in the brand. Similar in blend as the No. 3 and 4, the Montecristo No. 5 is a great morning Cigar if you have forty five minutes or so to spend with an espresso or your beverage of choice.

The Montecristo No. 2 - a return

After a few years in the wilderness, I'm happy to report that it looks as if the Montecristo No. 2 has also returned to form. Boxes from 2010 and 2011 are smoking well. I was lucky enough to buy a box of ten that is smoking absolutely fantastically.

I recorded a video blog a few weeks ago regarding the Montecristo No. 2, that can be viewed below:

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