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REVIEW | Montecristo Especial No. 2
Especial No. 2
90
points
Cuba
Cuba
38
38
Mild-Medium
Mild-Medium
Especial No. 2

Tasting Note: A veiny panetela with a pigtail cap and full draw. This is a sweet cigar with touches of coconut and cedar that have a backbone of earthiness.

  • Body: Mild-Medium
  • Size: Panetela
  • Ring Gauge: 38
  • Length: 6"

  • Filler: Cuba
  • Binder: Cuba
  • Wrapper: Cuba
  • Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 2012
  • Price: £13.33


More Reviews of This Cigar

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2016
Score: 88
A pigtailed panatela that starts off intensely floral and perfumey before taking on a more sugary, gingerbread quality.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2015
Score: 90
Floral and bready notes intensify to show leather and dark chocolate on the palate. Some brown sugar also comes through before the hazelnut finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2014
Score: 90
The draw of this thin cigar is firm, but imparts a sweet and salty smoke that's redolent of graham crackers and rock salt.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2013
Score: 92
An evenly rolled panetela with a pigtail cap. The draw is fine, layering the palate with a complex intermingling of oaky white wine, coffee bean, almond and orange peel flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2009
Score: 89
A slim cigar with a pigtail cap. The draw is firm but the burn is perfect. Red wine notes seem to complement the toasty, olive and bready flavors that come through this medium-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2007
Score: 86
A well-made panetela with a decent draw and burn. It’s very woody with some flowery notes and light spice, but the finish is somewhat stemmy and bitter.

Issue: Cigar Insider, Feb 20, 2007
Score: 86
A well-made panetela with a decent draw and burn. It’s very woody with some flowery notes and light spice, but the finish is somewhat stemmy and bitter.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2004
Score: 86
The draw on this thin cigar is inconsistent. It has rich, cedary flavor with some rustic leather and herb notes. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2004
Score: 86
A slightly veiny cigar with a tight pigtail. The draw is a bit firm. It’s rich, with earth and cedar notes and a coffee flavor. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 2003
Score: 85
A pig-tailed lancero that's very veiny. The draw is firm, the burn uneven. It has wisps of leather and cedar wood flavors, with some earthy qualities. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider, Jun 01, 1999
Score: 82
A toothy, unattractive wrapper. The cigar burns hot, harsh and strong. It tastes young.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, May 01, 1997
Score: 87
A beautifully made cigar. It has youthful characteristics. But there are strong hints of the earth, with solid leather and wood flavors.

Issue: Cigar Insider, Apr 01, 1996
Score: 86
A thin cigar that is smooth, but it lacks depth.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Sep 01, 1994
Score: 91
A smooth, mellow smoke with medium body and flavors of nutmeg. A dried-citrus/spicy character builds as the cigar burns down.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale

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