Cigar Review: Montecristo White


Size: 5×52, Rothschilde


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut


Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan


Strength: Mild


Price: Box of 27, $202


Grade: 9.0

Reminiscent of the original Montecristo, the White differs only in its Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The White does well to uphold the stellar reputation of Montecristo. Always looking for great flavor without a slap to the face in strength, I have enjoyed several Whites over the years.

So, on to the review.

Pre-light, 1.8:
With the classic white, gold, and red label, the White’s wrapper has a distinguished almond color that is buttery smooth, aside from some rather prominent veins. The smoke is very firm and has some great weight for the size. The draw reveals a bit of resistance but does deliver some nice flavor, including hints of citrus complimented by a strong barnyard character. At the foot, the Montecristo White has a very sweet aroma; moving toward the head a bit of spice is detected, indicating some potential complexity in the smoke.

Burn, 1.8:
The burn on the White was superb; though the ash moved a bit hilly to begin the smoke and a slight hole appeared in the first inch of the ash, it quickly leveled into a very sharp and consistent burn. The ash held well and had a clean gray color. The draw was excellent throughout.

Flavor, 2.7:
The pre-light draw and aroma showed some complexity that I was hoping would arrive during the smoke. The first third of the White was buttery smooth with some strong earthy undertones. The smoothness remained for the first and second third of the smoke. The earthiness faded into a rather bland but creamy middle third. The final third is where the deduction comes from, with some slight burn and a fair amount of harshness arriving toward the nub of the White.

Overall, 2.7:
I’ve enjoyed the Montecristo White for some time but had never taken the time to review one. The appearance and draw was near flawless, the burn required no attention, and the flavor was excellent until arriving at the final third. The deductions here come based on the price point, at $7.50 a stick, and the harshness that hampered the enjoyment of the final third of the smoke. There are several sticks under $5 that I would go to before the White.

(Total: 9.0)