Origin : Cuba
Format : Torpedo (Piramide)
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Box code : RAO JUN 06
Price : ~$15/piece
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One of the most complex and flavorful cigars out there, the Montecristo No. 2 definitely has reputation beyond repute. I must say that it deserves this reputation, because this is a truly wonderful cigar when properly aged and if there are no construction issues.
I think this is one of the best-selling stogies out there, and it definitely has this best-selling look. Cigars in this box had a very good appearance, with a chocolate wrapper just like on the Petit Edmundos (I also sometimes found No. 2s with much darker wrappers in other boxes).
The construction is just impeccable - the ash would never fall! The draw was very slightly firm, but produced plenty of smoke. However, be warned that in some boxes there may be serious construction issues on about half of the sticks.
It started rather mild in the first third, with spicy and creamy (surprising?) characters, then in the second third I was bombarded with rich and powerful woody and cedar flavors. Montecristo No. 2 then produced a delicious smoke and a light pleasant burn at the back of my palate. In the last third, the stick kept this lovely strong palette of woody/leather flavors and gave me complete satisfaction.
Not overpriced, yet expensive - and worth every penny.
Overall Rating :
I am constantly left amazed by its smoothness and power, and needless to say that Montecristo No. 2 are the most gorgeous cigars in my humidor. It's very hard to keep them aged though (at least few years recommended), I always want to smoke them immediately :)