Cigar Review: Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

Basic Information:

Name – MONTE by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

Size – Toro Box Pressed

Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano

Tobacco Blend – Nicaraguan Criollo, Dominican Piloto

Pricing – $10.50 – $11.25

Body – Full


The cigar has dual bands black and gold with some red font with the signature AJ Fernandez.

The cigar is milk chocolate in color. Flawless from any noticeable veins and seams. The cigar is double capped.


Aroma – Woody cedar and sweetness.

Type of Cut – V-Cut

Cold Draw – Nice resistance with notes of wet wood and pepper.

After Toast:

First third – Vanilla and oak right come out of the gate mixed with black pepper. Beautifully full, but not overpowering flavor. Towards the end of the first third a slight red pepper zings across the palate. Burn is pristine. Ash fell off about an inch and is light gray.

Second Third – Some real earthy natural tobacco notes kick off this third. Pepper has completely faded. Some slight spice comes into play here. Again, really nice full, savory flavors.  Half way into this third the vanilla like notes reveal themselves. Woody notes come back at the end of this third. Burn is immaculate.

Final Third – Vanilla and oak flavors come back into the mix along with red pepper.  Slight minty flavors come to play to help to finish the experience. This was a beautiful cigar.

Suggested Pairing:

La Crema Chardonnay – Helps bring out the vanilla and oak within the wine. Almost makes the cigar like a dessert. Pretty amazing when this combination hits the palate.

Overall Experience:

Total smoke time was about an hour and 45 minutes on this MONTE by Montecristo AJ Fernandez. This cigar is a powerful one, but a sneaky powerful. The flavor profile is amazing, but by the end you really feel the strength of the cigar. I am a big cigar guy and even I felt that little head rush buzz, which is something I haven’t had in a long time. (GREAT IN MY BOOK)



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