Our Score: 1.5 out of 5 stars (1.5 / 5)

  • RH – Stored at 69 rh for 5 weeks
  • MSRP – $132.00 For A Box Of 20
  • Smoke Time – 44 minutes
  • Wrapper – Connecticut
  • Binder – Dominican Republic
  • Filler – Dominican Republic
  • Length – 4.25
  • Ring Gauge – 42

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Montecristo Half Corona gives off a bad first impression due to the large vein running through the cigar. In addition to the poor construction, it smells of an unappealing cheap tobacco. The unlit draw gives a subtle taste of coffee, but it’s nothing to write home about.

First Third

With no real flavors on the initial puffs or the retrohale, Montecristo Half Corona is inoffensive but boring. The burn and draw are pretty good, but an unidentifiable taste appears after a while and leaves a bitterness on the exhale.

Second Third

Again, the cigar isn’t offensive, but it’s just so bland and difficult to find any redeeming qualities other than the draw.

Final Third

Finally some flavor appears. As the cigar reaches its end, a few coffee notes can be found on the retrohale. Definitely nothing to get worked up over, but it’s better than the first two thirds. Unfortunately, the tar buildup gets pretty bad at this point, so even though there’s finally some flavor, it’s still not a great experience.

Would I Smoke Montecristo Half Corona Again?

No. Montecristo Half Corona doesn’t have enough flavor or complexity to warrant another smoke.