Cigar Aficionado

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