Montecristo No. 2

Montecristo No. 2

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Torpedo (Piramide)
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Box code : RAO JUN 06
Hand-Made
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.

Appearance : ★★★★★
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).

Montecristo No. 2

Construction : ★★★★½
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.

Montecristo No. 2 
Flavor : ★★★★★
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.

Montecristo No. 2

Value : ★★★★½
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 :)

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40 Comments on “Montecristo No. 2”

  1. Montes #2 really pretty much rule the Piramide roost, in all areas: construction, wrapper, blend, looks and feel (they are awesome in hand) ….on taste alone, they are something else. From start to finish, to me, 90 minutes of heaven.

  2. Thomas Cannon says:

    I have tried them all.This is the best!!!

  3. Monte #2 is on my top5 list, and I think this is the best Cuban torpedo. Original Montecristo flavor, construction that improved in recent years. I love it.

  4. When I get one with no construction issues (happens more and more often, good sign!), it is pure pleasure. The flavors are really exceptional.

  5. While in Cancun at a cigar bar I spotted these. 15 bucs a piece, 3for 40. Give me 3. Well what a wonderful smoke. The kind you hold your head back as you draw and let out the abundance of tasty smoke with a smile on your face. Took the labels off the other two and brought them back. I have yet to smoke them.

  6. This is a great cigar. If you enjoy a good Cuban then give this one a shot. The ISOM ‘zing’ is a little softer in this than some others, but it’s there. Like most good Cuban’s this benefits from some extended rest before enjoying it.

  7. why why WHY is the construction so up-and-down on these! I’ve always wanted a box, but unless I can inspect the draw (which you cant, obviously) and the construction, it’s too nerve wracking. A good No. 2 is great, a bad one is almost the biggest dissapointment, especially if you were geared up for a great cigar.

  8. I’m going to Aruba in a month and want to purchase a box of Monte #2s, How can I make sure of what I am paying for. All suggestions would be appreciated.

  9. Is there a Habanos SA official shop? You should buy your box there. And, of course, avoid Pedros on the beach :)

  10. There’s a La Casa Del Habano in the main shopping area. Also a place called Cigar Emporium there. Saleperson claims they’re both owned by the same people. Bought some from the latter and they seem legit. Have fun!

  11. Please do not shop at Cigar Emporium. Ispend $1,000 there and all I got were fake Cuban cigars.

  12. my questions, is it Monte No.2 good for newbe?

  13. rotten72 says:

    The #2 is medium/strong side. Many nexbies don’t like them this strong. As has been mentioned by others the construction from box to box is iffy. This is due to it being one of the most sought after cigars, which causes QC issues. They are good, but there are other Habanos that I prefer over the #2. Currently in my humidor I have Hoyo Epicure #1, Monte 70th Anniversarios, Cohiba Double Coronas, Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios, Bolivar Belicos Finas, Bolivar Corona Gigantes, Partagas Lusitanias, Partagas Series D #4 & Partagas 8-9-8’s. I like any of these better than the Monte #2. However I do enjoy a good #2 when I can get them, but it’s a crap shoot!

  14. fine smoke for the price

  15. This is one I will definitely purchase for my husband and brother-in-law!
    Again, many thanks…..Cindi

  16. Pretty much the epitome of “cigar.”

    Good price, too.

  17. Fumé la semaine derniere à Cuba (7,60 CUC)
    Aromes terreux et épices typique de Montecristo,
    un brin rustique et agressant en finale.Défaut de construction qui necessitait allumages fréquents.Beau cigare malgré tout.

  18. phathungarian says:

    I’m going to Aruba in a month and want to purchase a box of Monte #2s, How can I make sure of what I am paying for. All suggestions would be appreciated

    I have always had good luck as far as authenticity goes in the duty free stores on my way out of a country. The Caribbean usually have good selection of cigars and prices are ok too, but sometimes they can be on the dry side due to all the a/c they use. Try to get something fresh AND from the humidor, as some boxes are stored on just shelves…

    Number 2 Montie, good smoke. I have only ever smoked a few and there is one in my humidor, I have never noticed draw issues. A fine smoke. Very strong. I like it a lot.

  19. I am a newbie and little confused. This cigar sounds delicious, but I can’t understand why it is so highly rated if it has such hit or miss construction issues. Montecristo/Habanos SA manufacture a premium cigar and sells it at a premium price. There should be no QC issues.
    I could understand there being issues if these cigars were made by a small independent factory, but we’re talking about a massive cigar corporation.
    A possibility of half the sticks in a box having construction issues seems crazy.
    Nevertheless they do sound tasty. I’m not sure what they go for up here in Vancouver, but I’ll have to find out.

    I

  20. migoluch says:

    anyone know how these compare to the dominican #2? are they comparable or completely different?

  21. Smoking one right now!
    As a somewhat of a beginner, i must say that i enjoy them very much.
    Bought them in the Duty Free store in Israel’s airport. A box of 25 cost 399$.
    Used to smoke Romeo & Julieta mille fleur – no comparison. Great draw, on the easy side, even burn without correction, nice amount of rich smoke and not as strong as i expected. Truly live up to there name!

  22. HardSmoke says:

    Smoking some of these now. I bought a whole box and they are a treat. I disagree that they are medium/hard. Mine are fresh and I view them as mild or light medium. This is the smoothest cigar I’ve ever had and I recommend for newbies as well. The only construction issues I’ve had are having to draw to get them lit. Once lit no problems for me. For Migoluch, the DR will not be comparable to these bad boys.

  23. These are some of the best cigars out there…

  24. Quite possibly the best tasting cigar I’ve ever had.

    Flawless construction. I was able to smoke to just a tiny nub, with a perfectly even burn and it only ashed twice.

  25. *When I FINALLY got an AUTHENTIC Monte No.2, I couldn’t get over it! It was best, most wonderful smoking experience ever. I knew all those previous to that one were “questionables”!

  26. havanasmoke says:

    OK I tried them again, and again, and again, and again. What can you say: such nice construction, smooth and sweet appearance, flavor is consistent and I’m on my third box in 18 months. I think God just took his time and made these on the 8th day….they are soo nice. Flawless in all respects definately in my top ten.

  27. havanasmoke says:

    Just want to add that in 3 boxes not one single construction problem. Anything can happen but all of mine have been fine so I can’t say anything bad about construction.

  28. One of the best I got, I can only say that it is a bit pricey for me (15 €) but very surprising and tasty ! I recommand it :)

  29. absolutely a great medium to full cigar. smooth, creamy complex age them. Monte #2 one of the best cigars in world. Age them 3-4 years off box date.

  30. Had one few days back in Cayo Coco best cigar over all I ever had and I tried at least 9 this past wk.

  31. The box of 2011 I have are stellar. Why did I wait so long to buy this cigar? I have 2 more boxes on my next order for sure.

  32. stevensauce says:

    certainly a classic but not as good value as the no 4 in my opinion. strong cedar flavor, bit of anise, sweet but not as much cappuccinochocolate as i had in 4s and 5s. very smooth, creamy, solid burn and draw. big minus: it burns down very quickly, gives me just about 30% more than the nr.4 but costs 80% more. 60mins max, a friend smoked it even in less than 40mins. nice smoke but not worth 14 euros.

  33. Smoking a fairly young (4 months) montecristo 2 now…. The fact that these can be had for around 12-13 a piece makes them one of the best cigars. I wouldn’t classify them as full bodied, more like medium. They don’t have that thick syrup texture like the partagas d4 or Bolivars. Just an overall amazing smoke and I highly recommend you age these for at least one year. I have had one minor construction issue in each box I have bought, but from what I have heard they are hit or miss. This does not take away from its complexity though, as I think it has a lot to offer in terms of flavor.

  34. Smoked a stick from 2012 box, taste was very good! I felt the same experience as what is described above on the reports!

    Superb cigar!

  35. Have you ever had a bad one?
    One from my recent purchase was plugged and completely unsmokable. Could this be due to the large production produced in several factories?

  36. Had one from 13 best cigar I ever had and then three boxes between 13-14 all mediocre. Aging and adjusting humidity to see what may be accomplished.

  37. Just received a box of Monte #2s. From what I have heard they are better as they age. Does anyone know the best way to age them? In or out of the box, humidity, how long….? Also, I have noticed that the cigars are darker than my past experience with the Monte #2. Does anyone know the specific reason why? Also the ring size is not consistent. What is the reason for this construction issue?

  38. @Tony
    One of possible reason that No.2 are made by three different factories (Partagas, R&J, etc.), this results in some inconsistencies in quality and appearance.
    Regarding aging, they should be ready to smoke right out of box, they do not require extensive aging like Bolivar or Partagas . My rule of thumb is to give them about three weeks to recover from transit.

  39. World Traveller says:

    Smoked a few of these. Mostly good, but odd bad one even from same box ?.

  40. I got a box dated Sept 2013. I somehow managed to wait
    3 weeks before smoking one. It was one of the best cigars
    I’ve ever had. It’s going to be tough to save some of these
    babies for aging.

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