Montecristo No. 4, Cuban Cigar Information
The world's biggest selling Cuban Cigar, the Montecristo No. 4 has suffered in recent years due to over production. Most criticism has been directed towards the fact that production is inconsistent, leading to issues towards the draw and flavour profile.
One of the advantages of the Montecristo No. 4 is that it comes not only in dress boxes of twenty five, but also boxes of ten and cardboard packs of five. In regards to the dress boxes of ten, this allows the customer the ability to buy a box without requiring to commit to a more expensive box of twenty five.
Due to the popularity of the Montecristo No. 4, vintage boxes are usually difficult to come across.
My view on the Montecristo No. 4
Your first Cigar
I like many other cigar smokers, the Montecristo No. 4 was one of the first Havana that I smoked. In fact, my first box purchase was a twenty five count box of the cigar. I remember a few things regarding the cigars in the box. Firstly, there was a big (and I really mean) cedar taste on each cigar that I haven't really had on any other cigar including subsequent Montecristo No. 4 from other boxes. Secondly, a few of the sticks had draw problems, that's unfortunately a common trait with this particular vitola of the brand.
If you intend on purchasing a box of Montecristo No. 4, I would suggest that you get yourself or ask a staff member to check the box for you. Due to the previous construction and draw issues that have previously plagued the vitola it may be a good idea to inspect the box. Pick up one or two of the cigars and give them a slight squeeze. If there's no give, then the cigar may have been rolled too tightly and you'll experience draw issues. Too much give and you will find that the draw is too loose and the cigar will burn fast and hot.
Reviews from the Internet
Tips on reviews onlineBeing the world's most popular Cuban cigar, there are plenty of reviews online regarding the Montecristo No. 4. I suggest that if you are going to base a box purchase on the reviews you watch / read, I would suggest you keep the following things in mind:
- Try and work out if the reviewer is smoking a relatively young or aged cigar. A cigar produced in 2013 and smoked at the beginning of 2014 will almost never be as good a smoke as one produced in 2010 and smoked around the same time. Age brings out the best in cigars. So if a reviewer is singing the praises of a five year old cigar, just be aware that a year old cigar may not give you the same kind of sublime experience.
- Check the date of the review, and possibly the box code from which the Montecristo No. 4 came from. The reason for this is that if the cigar has some age, then this may have improved the characteristics of the stick and thus you may would try and get the same box code or at least the same amount of year's age.