Montecristo No. 2
No. 2
92
points
Cuba
Cuba
52 52
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
A gorgeous torpedo that leaves bold, precise impressions of hickory, leather and earth, balanced by touches of peppermint and an oaky, chocolatey finish.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 52
Length 6 1/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Feb 01, 2017
Price £24.70
Box DateJuly 2015
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 11, 2017 | Score: 90

An attractive torpedo that burns evenly. Each puff is bold with nutty notes of cashew, cedar and maple syrup. Somewhat of a low score for this particular cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 20, 2016 | Score: 92

A gorgeous torpedo that leaves bold, precise impressions of hickory, leather and earth, balanced by touches of peppermint and an oaky, chocolatey finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2016 | Score: 91

An attractive torpedo with a chocolate-brown wrapper and firm draw. Impressions of pecan, mint and cedar gain intensity before an earthy, fresh tobacco finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 02, 2016 | Score: 91

An attractive torpedo with a chocolate brown wrapper and firm draw. Pleasing notes of pecan, mint and cedar gain intensity before an earthy, fresh tobacco finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2014 | Score: 96

The undisputed king of torpedoes is the Montecristo No. 2. The stately smoke with the pointy tip is known the world over and ranks as one of the best-selling cigars in the Cuban cigar portfolio. And unlike some things that sell well, Monte 2s combine commercial success with critical acclaim. We have rated Montecristo No. 2s dozens of times in Cigar Aficionado blind tastings. The first time was more than 20 years ago, when we gave it a score of 94 points. This score of 96 is the highest rating we have ever bestowed on the cigar in a blind taste test. Recent production Monte 2s (those we smoked were from April 2013) are extraordinary, teeming with rich but not overwhelming flavors of leather, such sweet spices as cinnamon and nutmeg and the cigar's trademark tangy wood note. They have enough flavor and power to satisfy those who smoke cigars on a regular basis without overwhelming those who puff less frequently. The Montecristo No. 2 is anything but new. The cigar is one of the original sizes of the Montecristo brand, which was created in Cuba by Alonso Menendez in 1935 and became the best-known of all the cigars rolled at Menendez, Garcia y Cia., the biggest cigar company in pre-Castro Cuba. The Count of Monte Cristo, the 1844 work of French novelist Alexandre Dumas that culminates in a dramatic sword fight, is believed to have inspired the name. Today, the Montecristo box features swords crossed in a triangular pattern, and the band has a majestic fleur-de-lis, a symbol of the French monarchy, in its center. While Montecristo No. 2s smoke beautifully in their youth, they also make superb aging cigars for those with the patience. We have smoked Montecristos that have been stored for 10 to 50 years in a humidor, and they only get better over time. The Montecristo No. 2 is a classic, and Cigar Aficionado's best cigar of 2013.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2013 | Score: 93

This leathery smoke delivers notes of orange peel and espresso in excellent balance. Some inconsistencies were noted during the tasting.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 25, 2013 | Score: 93

This leathery smoke delivers notes of orange peel and espresso in excellent balance. Some inconsistencies were noted during the tasting.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2012 | Score: 90

Medium bodied and earthy with touches of ground coffee and wheat that linger on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2011 | Score: 92

A nutty pyramid that gains intensity as it smokes, picking up coffee bean and earthy flavors. The aftertaste is sweet and woody.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 26, 2011 | Score: 92

A nutty pyramid that gains intensity as it smokes, picking up coffee bean and earthy flavors. The aftertaste is sweet and woody.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2010 | Score: 90

A symmetrically rolled torpedo with a firm but even draw that delivers lots of rich nutty, coffee flavors and an earthy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 91

An attractive belicoso with an uneven burn but very good draw. The smoke is bold and profoundly leathery with spicy, toasty notes throughout and a toasty finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2007 | Score: 92

A gorgeous pyramid that is earthy and right. Full bodied and spicy, with rich texture and perfect mouth feel to the smoke. Great now, but this cigar should age very well.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 20, 2007 | Score: 93

Oily and well made, this chunky torpedo opens with dusty cocoa and caramel notes, then warms to show a complex range of spice, wood and leather flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2006 | Score: 92

A chunky torpedo with some veins that has a fine draw. It has wonderful flavor: sweet cedar, toasted vanilla, and some mineral notes. It’s rich now, and should blossom into a classic with age. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2005 | Score: 90

A good looking torpedo that has a fine burn and draw. It’s rich, sweet and leathery, with some toast and cocoa on the palate. The finish is spicy. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2005 | Score: 91

While this torpedo has a dry wrapper, the flavor is extraordinary. It has sweet chocolate and leather notes and a long cocoa finish. A full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 25, 2005 | Score: 91

This attractive, golden-brown torpedo has a mostly even burn and a fine draw. It's creamy, chewy and woody. It has a light ginger note and a spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2004 | Score: 92

A good-looking torpedo with superb color and oils. It has an earthy, leathery flavor, with notes of spice and nuts, and improves with each puff. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 2004 | Score: 89

This attractive belicoso is strong and aromatic. It has balanced flavors of cedar and leather. The finish smacks of light pepper and wood.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 01, 2003 | Score: 88

Silky and golden brown, this figurado suffers from a tight draw. It has bready, peppery notes. The finish has hints of spice and wood. Medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2003 | Score: 94

Truly attractive, this pyramid has slight draw problems, but overcomes them with superb flavor. The smoke is extremely complex, with hints of toast, leather, coffee, black pepper and nuts. Intensely flavorful, and full in body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2002 | Score: 92

This box-pressed torpedo is simply gorgeous. It burns and draws well, showing off medium- to full-bodied flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and cocoa bean. A delicious smoke that's hard to put down.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2002 | Score: 85

This figurado has some construction flaws, and the draw is tight. The smoke is bready, chewy and cedary. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2001 | Score: 91

A silky, golden-brown cigar that has hints of leather and wood. Medium to full bodied. Some inconsistency was noted.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 01, 2000 | Score: 91

Well made, with an oily but veiny wrapper. The smoke is earthy and toasty, with notes of leather, honey and nuts. Medium bodied. Some inconsistency was noted in the draw.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2000 | Score: 95

A classic smoke. Mellow yet rich with a full body and a velvety texture. Draws extremely well. Long chocolate and coffee flavors, and a spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 1999 | Score: 92

A dark, box-pressed torpedo with an oily wrapper. It's a strong, muscular smoke with hints of dark coffee, toasted nuts and burnt caramel.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1998 | Score: 90

A full-bodied cigar with a excellent core of earthy flavors, and a some vivid pepper spice notes on the palate. Not up to previous standards.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 1998 | Score: 90

This cigar has a superb draw and burn, with a flaky gray ash. It's a full-bodied powerhouse with rich coffee, toasted almond and leather flavors. A blockbuster cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1997 | Score: 92

A well-made cigar that is strong and earthy. It has a chalky, dry finish and some cedar notes. Should improve with age.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 01, 1996 | Score: 92

A perfectly crafted torpedo with a fine draw and burn. It has a solid tobacco core framed by hints of leather. Rich and round, with a long finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1996 | Score: 92

This box-pressed pyramid is beautifully formed. It burns unevenly, but the draw is superb, providing thick smoke that combines power and spice. It shows signs of youth and should improve with age.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 1996 | Score: 92

A well-made pyramid that draws well and leaves a gray ash. The smoke has a sweet cocoa and toffee flavor, with a hint of pepper and an earthy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1995 | Score: 94

The benchmark torpedo. It is loaded with rich, complex flavors such as cinnamon, with strong full-bodied notes of chocolate and leather, and a long spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1993 | Score: 90

Inconsistent for the benchmark pyramid from Havana. A good one is firm and well-crafted with rich, spicy aromas and flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1970 | Score: 94

This renowned torpedo is an icon among Cuban cigars and remains one of the most popular smokes among aficionados around the world. At one time, production of the cigar was limited to the H. Upmann factory in Old Havana, but the cigar’s recent popularity has caused Habanos to expand its production to other key export factories in the city, and today about 3 million Montecristo No. 2s are made each year. The new H. Upmann factory in Nueva Vedado oversees the production of the cigar, and only top-ranked rollers on the island are allowed to make it. The Montecristo No. 2 has always been a favorite of the CIGAR AFICIONADO editors. It was one of the magazine’s star cigars in a 1992 article on the best cigars of Cuba, and it has ranked highly in just about every tasting for the magazine ever since. The 6 1/8-inch x 52-ring cigar is one of the most flavorful, best drawing smokes ever. It delivers loads of earthy and tobacco character with a full body and lots of spicy undertones. It’s great to smoke now, but will improve with age. We have had 50-year-old Monte No. 2s that were still rich, cedary and delicious to smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1970 | Score: 92

The Montecristo No. 2 is the gold standard in shaped Cuban cigars, and is often great. It’s a considerable cigar, 6 1/8 inches long with a hefty 52 ring gauge, and an unmistakable pointed head that channels the smoke onto the palate. There are more Monte 2s made per year than any other cigar on this list, and they are rolled in several Cuban cigar factories, so there’s the occasional problem with quality and consistency, but at their best Monte 2s are masterpieces of fullbodied flavor, loaded with leather, earth and coffee notes. This is one of the reasons that the Monte 2 is one of the few smokes to ever rate 95 points in CIGAR AFICIONADO, classic on our 100-point scale. When aged, they’re even better.

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