Review of Montecristo White Series Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Montecristo White Series cigars are made in the Dominican Republic with Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrappers, Nicaraguan binders, and a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos. These cigars were introduced back in 2007, and are available in several sizes including a Robusto (5 x 52) priced at more than $13 per cigar, which is the subject of this review.
The Montecristo White Series Robusto began with a mild and naturally sweet tobacco flavor, along with hints of spice. The smoke was mild-to-medium bodied. Within 5-10 minutes, the flavor became creamy smooth and the spice was now a bit more noticeable, but the sweetness began to fade. Within the next 10 minutes, the body moved into the upper end of the mild-to-medium range, but not quite medium. The cigar remained pretty much consistent for the remainder of the smoke.
It took me 45 minutes to smoke the Montecristo White Series Robusto down to 1½ inches remaining. During that time, the cigar had a very good draw, even burn, and held a medium-to-long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were required, and the cigar was very well made.
Montecristo White Label cigars are suitable for all levels of cigar smokers, especially mainstream and beginners. They are a bit pricey at more than $13 per stick, as the Montecristo brand originated in Cuba and is very prestigious – including the Dominican version produced by Altadis without any Cuban tobacco.
I rate the Montecristo White Label Robusto with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. Since price is always a consideration for most of us, it is best to try a few when they're on sale. For lower price alternatives in a mild-to-medium cigar, consider Macanudo as well as other brands that use Connecticut Shade wrappers in some of their blends.