Brand: Montecristo Country: Cuba
Size: 6.1 x 52 Wrapper: Cuban
The Label Factor:
Other than the whole Castro thing, it must be pretty nice to be a Cuban cigar maker. You don’t have to put a ton of effort into creating a flashy label, as the word “Habana” is more than enough to make cigar connoisseurs everywhere spend their hard earned dough. The Montecristo has one of the simplest labels you will find. But, because of that “Habana”, I want it!
What We Liked:
This being my first Cuban, the anticipation leading up to the smoke was intense. My secret santa sent me six various Cubans, with the Montecristo No.2 being the cream of the crop. Normally, I would save the best for last but I didn’t want to lose my Cuban virginity to just ANY Cuban. I wanted my first time to be special. After lighting the scented candles and putting on Marvin Gaye, I was ready to go.
For whatever reason, my expectations for my first Cuban were for a super strong and spicy smoke with just a hint of social and economic repression. Frankly, I was surprised when I took the first puff and was greeted with a super mellow, mild smoke with almost no spice at all. It doesn’t stay mellow for long, as the No. 2 slowly builds in strength and flavor.
By the halfway point, a slight dizziness may take over, but you won’t stop smoking. The creaminess that develops is excellent. The Montecristo No.2 brings a flavor profile that gives me strong flashbacks to the Man O’War Ruination – one of my all-time favorites.
All the way through to the finish, expect a supremely smooth cigar that coats the palate with a rich, woody earthiness. I suggest that you stay seated for a few minutes after putting the cigar down. You don’t want to embarrass yourself.
What We Didn’t Like:
Being that I live in the United States, I couldn’t help but feel like the government had repositioned all their satellites and were watching my backyard. There was a suspicious van parked outside my house that may or may not have been a plumber. I had to pay a neighborhood kid to be on lookout for a few hours so I could smoke in peace.
No matter how many times I told myself not to expect the best cigar of my life, I couldn’t help but expect the best cigar of my life. And really, that is the only thing I have to complain about with the Montecristo No.2; it isn’t the best cigar that I have ever smoked.
Should You Try/Buy It:
If you don’t live in the United States, definitely. And if you do live in the US but are willing to hide one of these bad buys in a body cavity to bypass customs, be my guest! Really, I guess you could also just order them online and roll the dice with customs. They are government employees after all.
In sum, I find it hard to imagine a better introduction to Cuban cigars and I look forward to trying more. But alas, If you don’t have the means to procure one of these, don’t fret too much, there are plenty of other amazing cigars readily available in the US that don’t require you to break any laws to enjoy.