Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 52 x 120 mm (4.7 in)
Box code : EMU SEP 2014
Price : $275 for a box of 25

A short time back, the editorial staff of this site posted a review of the recently released Montecristo Petit #2. Since this manufacturer pretty much has a permanent spot in my humidor, I thought I would expound upon Denis’s previous review by trying the same cigar, but from a newer year. Usually, I would shy away from such young cigars, as their performance sometimes can be inconsistent, if not very poor. Suffice it to say, this offering from Montecristo not only lived up to its name and popular pedigree, it also provided some surprises and even scored high marks that many aged sticks strain to accomplish.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
A quick scan of the box yielded varying results. Though advertised as a 52x120mm (4.7 inches), many of the cigars in the box varied noticeably in diameter. This smoke is a beautiful chocolate brown with light oiling on the wrapper. There were few, if any, spines but some of the sticks showed slight signs of blooming. Lighting produced a heather grey ash which tended to stay with the smoke.

Montecristo Petit No. 2

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75)
If this cigar were to earn less than stellar remarks, construction would be its Achilles’ heel. As seems to be the norm for Montecristos, the sticks tend to unravel at the clip—oftentimes before you even have a chance to light up. Burn is inconsistent, but any imperfections seem to correct themselves. Lighting is effortless with a fully unobstructed draw throughout all thirds, with the cigar emitting billows of smoke down the entire length.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
Here is where this cigar shines its brightest. A full effortless draw yields plumes of earthy and peat-like tones that the Montecristos are world famous for providing. The first draw down to the ring supplies a rich, earthy and almost musty flavor steeped with aromatic white smoke. I cannot really find any major fault with this stick regarding its taste. If you like the full-sized Montecristo #2, you will also enjoy its smaller sibling.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
At approximately $12US, this offering is quite reasonable in price and opens up the Cuban market to those who do not wish to spend a fortune on a good and reliable smoke. If you are a beginner or an aficionado, this cigar will yield to you all the rich flavors that the mystique of Cuban cigars imbue, and it will not cost you a small fortune to be able to enjoy a box of fine quality Cuban tobacco.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
I enjoyed my experience with this cigar, and must concur with Denis’s review of the 2013 version of this smoke. Montecristo delivers strong flavor and the earthy notes it is famous for and can be enjoyed by beginner and veteran alike. Being affordable without sacrificing flavor and quality will keep Montecristo in my humidor for a VERY long time.


2 Comments on “Montecristo Petit No. 2”

  1. Based on the above review, I took a chance and ordered two boxes of Monte Petit #2s from COH and received them last week; they both came with box code EML NOV 2013. I’ve already smoked two of these beauties and they draw and taste every bit as good as reported in the review. IMO, they give my all-time favorite cigar, the Bolivar Belicoso Fino, a run for its money. Don’t hesitate to pick up a box, they’re worth every penny!

  2. Glenn Magrane says:

    This is a great smoke !

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