Cigar Review: Montecristo No. 4 Box-Pressed

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  • One of the most widely enjoyed cigars in the world, the Montecristo No. 4 is referred to by some as the "Coca Cola" of the cigar world. The high rate of production is most obvious when you look at consistency. This particular cigar is very consistent in all aspects, and that doesn't even begin to cover all there is to praise about this particular stick.

    Smoking Notes

    First Third:

    Medium body, earthy notes and a slight hint of spice.

    Middle Third:

    Stronger flavors emerge. Nutty notes with a slight hint of graham cracker. The draw loosens a bit. Coffee and cream notes emerge. The spice strengthens, and the earth notes become more intense.

    Final Third:

    Cedar notes emerge. Chocolate and slight fruit flavors become more noticeable. The spice reaches its peak. The flavors are all well balanced and creamy.

    Review

    At first glance, you can tell that the No. 4 is a well constructed cigar, it's clearly well packed and firm. Small veins can be seen throughout the silky, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper is smooth, imparting light, creamy notes to the smoke.

    Beneath the Broadleaf, you'll find a rich blend of Cuban tobacco with a smooth, easy to enjoy flavor. While not a complex profile, the medium tobacco taste is accompanied by a lovely blend of espresso, chocolate, and creamy vanilla notes.

    Just barely over 4 inches long with a 44 ring gauge, the No. 4 is a short, thin cigar with a rapid burn. It lights up very easily, and while the draw is a bit firm it's not unpleasant. The burn and draw are always consistent. Because of its size, it is a short smoke, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, making it the perfect cigar for a lunch break or brief getaway.

    A Cuban classic, this cigar is the standard many in its size range are compared to. It ages very well, its construction is wonderful, and it has a rich, balanced flavor profile. Notes of coffee and chocolate mix with cream and light notes of cedar, while an earthy spice cuts through towards the end of the smoke. The simple, enjoyable profile is popular among new smokers and experienced aficionados alike, and it pairs well with nearly anything.

    Coffee is a common pairing for the No. 4, its flavor so perfectly complementing it, and a shot of amaretto added to the joe can take you from your first morning drag to your last smoke before bed.

    A well-crafted cigar, the Montecristo No. 4 is a favorite of many, myself included. It's smooth, rich, and flavorful. While it lacks the complex profile of many great smokes, the simplicity of its flavors makes the No. 4 a wonderful place for beginners to start, and for long-time cigar aficionados to kick back and relax.

    Pros

    • Consistent burn and draw
    • Pairs well with most drinks
    • Affordable
    • Rarely needs touch-ups

    Cons

    • Simple flavor profile
    • Firm draw

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