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Stogie Reviews: Montecristo White Epicure No. 3

9 Nov 2006

With a band as white as a banker’s freshly-starched shirt and a golden wrapper reminiscent of clover honey, the Montecristo White exudes a sense of clubroom elegance. The taste ain’t bad, either.

The first thing I noticed after lighting an Epicure No. 3 (five and ½ inches by 44 ring gauge) was the abundant smoke. It’s thick and full, the kind that creates a smoke ring with substance.

The last thing I noticed was what the Epicure did not have. No bitterness, even at the end. No nicotine bite, and none of what I think of as a medicinal aftertaste.

Now, I know a lot of smokers have a poor opinion of Montecristos. Perhaps that’s because of comparisons with their Cuban progenitor, with which they have little in common. Or maybe it’s the relatively high price and ubiquitous advertising that loudly toots its own horn. But I’m looking only at my own experience with the cigar.

I enjoyed it.

While I understand that Montecristo created the White a few years ago to add a stronger line extension, I would say it begins mildly and moves to medium.

I found variety and complexity throughout the hour or so I smoked the Epicure. A little spice and pepper were present at the start, particularly in the finish that lingered on the back of the throat. By the final third of the cigar those had nearly disappeared, replaced with a deeper taste and hints of coffee, as well as an occasional sweetness on the tongue.

The ash was tight. The burn was straight. The draw was excellent.

If you’re the sort of smoker who often peruses the humidor in search of a new experience, you probably don’t linger much over brands like Montecristo. You likely think you’ve already got a good idea what they’re like and feel that, for the money, you’ll take a chance on something else.

I would urge you to take another look at the White. If you’re planning to sit and read, watch a little football, or simply sip a cup of coffee and contemplate the day, you’ll have a nice, classy companion. I give the Montecristo White Epicure No. 3 three and ½ out of five stogies.

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George E


13 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Montecristo White Epicure No. 3”

  1. Anonymous Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 6:59 am #

    Sounds tastier than I remember…Maybe I should give this gar another try.

  2. Anthony Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 7:01 am #

    You mention the price being high in the review, but don't give any number. So what does one of these retail for?

  3. Patrick A Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 7:04 am #

    You can expect to pay about $7 apiece for one of these babies.

  4. James Day Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 8:42 am #

    I never had a bad experience with the white is just it's always BOOORING. Maybe a corona in the morning with coffee since I usually like a lighter coffee in the morning. But if I am conscious and awake, a larger size white seems uninspiring, especially for that price. Not to say that if someone gave me a box I wouldn't smoke the whole thing! 🙂

  5. Patrick S Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 10:05 am #

    I haven't had one of these yet… though I do have a Monte White Robusto in my humidor.

    It's been againg for 6 months, so maybe it's time to break it out.

    Anyone have experience aging these?

  6. Anonymous Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 10:14 am #


    I like my cigars $3 and less. Why buy one of these when I can get two quality smokes for the same price?

  7. James Day Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 11:42 am #

    RE: I like my cigars $3 and less. Why buy one of these when I can get two quality smokes for the same price?

    Same reason you can't take your wife to KFC for your anniversary. Sure the chicken might just as juicy and there's no snotty Euro-trash waiter, but you get what you pay for dude. Especially here in NY where the average $3 smokes elsewhere in country are $7 here because of the tax.

    You have to, have to, have to get a Pedron 40th Anniversary – yeah it's $30 but you will have a religious experience.

  8. Dicksbain Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 7:00 am #

    These cigars are best had in the morning after a night of smoking stronger cigars. They're not very good as a 2nd+ cigar of the day. And they're not good in the evening for some reason.

  9. Hammerhead Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Horrible cigar. Biting, dry, bland.

    Cigar wrapper feel dry in the mouth all the way down to the last two inches a which point I threw it in the toilet.

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