Montecristo No.5 Cuban Cigar Review

General Info

  • Price: $8.50 USD ($340 for a box of 50 cigars)
  • Made by: Habanos S.A.
  • Made in: Cuba
  • Dimensions: 4” by 40 ring gauge
  • Shape: Petit Corona
  • Strength: Medium to Full
  • Filler: Cuba
  • Binder: Cuba
  • Wrapper: Cuba
  • Cold Draw: Tobacco flavor, vanilla, chocolate
  • First Third: Buttered popcorn, fresh wood, sweet cream
  • Second Third: Stronger vanilla, chocolate
  • Final Third: Chocolate, cocoa, dry cedar
Montecristo No. 5 Review


The Montecristo No. 5 Cuban Cigar has a classic Cuban appearance that stays true to its roots. It is wrapped inside a smooth and textured Colorado wrapper that has a fine grain. More specifically, the Montecristo No. 5 is hand-rolled and made into the Petit Corona shape, which makes it a miniature version of the corona cigar.

Montecristo No. 5 Cuban Cigar

This Cuban cigar has a dark brown appearance and is encased with a dark brown wrapper that has the Montecristo emblem printed in a white font. It is smaller than the other Montecristo cigars, which makes it perfect for people who are looking to enjoy a quick cigar. It has a wonderful blend that consists of filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region, where the finest tobacco in the world is grown.

Montecristo No. 5 Cigar

The Montecristo No. 5 comes in boxes of 10 and 25 cigars, which are neatly packed into the signature yellow packaging of the Montecristo brand. These cigars come in sizes 1 to 5, which means that the No. 5 cigars are the smallest of the lot.

Taste and Draw

If you are an experienced cigar smoker one of the most enjoyable parts of trying new cigars is trying to distinguish the different flavor notes that are experienced throughout the various stages of a cigar. Many of the flavors are not realized until you light the cigar. However, you can also get some solid information about the cigar’s flavors and construction from its cold draw, which refers to taking a puff before you light it up.

Lighting Montecristo No. 5

If you have a slim cigar, you might experience problems with the draw, especially if it is rolled too tight, or it becomes exposed to excessive humidity. The cold draw will give you a chance to test that out before smoking. That is not the case with this Montecristo No. 5, it had great pull solid ash all the way through. Flavors of cocoa, vanilla, cream, and cedar are constant through most of the cigar.

Man Smoking Montecristo No. 5

The small statue of this cigar allows you to quickly enjoy the full cigar expense, but then move on with your day. The Montecristo no.5 is a perfect cigar for a lunch break or downtime in between meetings. This makes it one of the cigars that are great to always have a few of on hand in your Humidor. Another amazing thing about these cigars is that they are aged for two years before they are packed, which really adds to the richness of flavor.

Cold Draw

Tobacco flavor, vanilla, chocolate

The Montecristo No. 5 is one of those Cuban Cigars that, because of this size, are known to have some construction issues. Because of this, the cold draw is even more important. This is your chance to rest the pull of the cigar and assess some of the flavors. Once you cut off the end of the cigar, take a long draw before lighting it up.

Montecristo No. 5 Cuban Cigar Review

The cold draw of the Montecristo No. 5 Cuban cigar offers you a sweet and pleasant aroma, and you can easily detect hints of chocolate and vanilla in it as well. Moreover, there is also a gentle nutty flavor that you can taste in the cold draw, and this goes on to become more prominent when you light the cigar. Overall, it provides you with a very smooth experience..

First Third

Fresh wood, sweet cream

Once it is lit, you will often experience a completely different flavor profile than the cold draw. From a tasting standpoint, cigar aficionados typically divide cigars into thirds, and each segment offers different flavors. This is not always the case, but it’s a good framework to use when trying to identify tasing notes while smoking.

Man Lighting Montecristo No. 5

When you first light up the No. 5 and take a draw, it starts a bit slow. You are exposed to the subtlest hints of a nutty and woody flavor, with a mix of sweet cream. Although this is a small cigar, it has a clean burn line with white thick smoke, which gives it a wonderful aesthetic appearance. Moreover, the ash also holds well for a long time, which is nice for a very small cigar.

Montecristo No. 5 Cigar Lounge

Second Third

Stronger vanilla, chocolate

Usually, the second third of a cigar is when we see the flavor come alive. This is true with the Montecristo No. 5. As the perfect interlude from the first to second new flavors of vanilla and cocoa quickly make their way to your taste buds and join the fresh wood and cream notes found in the first third.

Montecristo No. 5 with Ash

Towards the end of the second third vanilla stars coming to the forefront, the wood takes a back seat. Some people also associate the taste of the second third of this cigar with that of Oreos. The sweet undertones of the No. 5 will continue to dominate the flavor, and by now, you will also start detecting hints of chocolate.

Montecristo No. 5 Smoking
Montecristo No. 5 in Hand

Last Third

Chocolate, cocoa, dry cedar

Since this cigar is smaller than the others you may be used to, you will be done with the first and second thirds of it as early as 10-15 minutes. Moving on to the last third, the sweetness of the Cuban cigar is still there, and add to it the earthy and woody notes of dry cedar. Because of heat generated from the small size of the cigar, cedar flavor comes in very strong in the last third, which gives it a unique turn from the first and second thirds.

Montecristo No. 5 Final Third

Cigars that take a sharp turn in their flavors from one third to the next third, and transition from sweet to earthy notes can be very enjoyable, especially for a smoke as quick as this one.

Montecristo No. 5 Cuban Cigar Summary

The Montecristo No. 5 is a compact and well-crafted hand-rolled Cuban cigar that has an earthy and woody aroma when you clip the cap and take a cold draw. Its small size is perfect for you if you use cigars as a means to relax or take a break in between work. Overall, the No. 5 lasts about 25-30 minutes and it has a wonderful texture, which allows for a rich white smoke with sweet overtones. It has a dark gray ash that stays in its place so that you don’t have to discard it as often as you do in other cigars.

Montecristo No. 5 in Ash Tray with Cigar Band

Moreover, each of the thirds in the cigars. maintains the pleasant and sweet taste. The Montecristo No. 5 is your daily cigar, all thanks to its size and its sweet and creamy aroma and taste that makes it suitable for everyday consumption. It is similar to other Montecristo cigars in terms of taste and aroma and gives you the complete signature experience that the brand is known for.

Any experienced smoker or cigar enthusiast would always rank the Montecristo brand highly, and the No. 5 is their go-to cigar for quick smoking sessions or a smoke break. Apart from this, even if you are a first-timer looking to enjoy your first cigar with friends, the Montecristo No. 5 would provide you with the perfect entry point.

Cuban Montecristo No. 5 Cigar

Montecristo No. 5 Cuban Cigar Pairing Notes

Having something to pain along with your cigar can greatly enhance the experience and help you better enjoy the entire experience. The flavors that are ingrained in the cigar often help you decide what goes well with it. For instance, more people combine the Montecristo No. 5 with coffee, particularly made from beans that have been sourced from Peru. Since one of the flavors inside the cigar is cocoa, this enhances the smoking experience.

The No. 5 has a sweet and creamy flavor, which works well with different flavors of coffee and other similar beverages, including alcohol. Some of the popular pairing options with it include:

  • Peruvian coffee
  • Tea
  • Cream soda
  • Cognac
  • Rye
  • Rum
  • Single malt whiskey
  • Bourbon
Montecristo No. 5 Cigar Band

Montecristo No. 5 Cuban Cigar History

The Montecristo brand is relatively new as compared to the other renowned cigar brands. Established in 1935 by Alonso Menendez, the brand got its name from the highly famous novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Therefore, it is safe to say that the Montecristo No. 5 has been around for a few decades now. It is produced by the Havana SA tobacco company, and it is considered to be one of the best cigars in the world right now.

Within one year of its inception, the company was the largest producer of cigars in Havana, which helped them cement their success much faster than other brands. During the Cuban nationalization wave in 1960, the Menendez family had to leave everything behind and move forward without a cent to their name.

In 1961, the son of Alonso Menendez, Benjamin, established a new cigar producing company in the Canary Islands and began making the Montecruz, which were like a knock-off but became the highest selling cigars in the United States. This went on smoothly and in 1972, a case allowed cigar manufacturers in exile to sell their original Cuban cigar brands in the international market. Until 1990, Cuban Cigar Brands NV owned the trademarks to Montecristo and two other brands, and after that, Montecristos began being sold into the American market.