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Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Media Noche No. 2

11 Mar 2008

As a coffee lover, it’s only natural that I gravitate toward maduro cigars. The dark, rich, earthy tones of a good maduro pair perfectly with a steaming cup of black coffee (or a nice glass of rum, depending upon the time of day).

Montecristo Media NocheRecently I found myself searching for the perfect accompaniment to several pounds of ludicrously expensive and rare Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans I’d been given by an old friend. Coffee aficionados will know instantly, at the mere mention of the Jamaican Blue Mountain appellation, that these are no ordinary coffee beans. And they demand no ordinary smoke to match them.

Ordinarily, I stock my humidor with plenty of 5 Vegas Series A’s. Inexpensive, yet phenomenal, they’ve been my everyday smoke for many months now. But for this special occasion, I decided to be a bit more adventurous, and I splurged on some Montecristo Media Noche No. 2s. At roughly $15 per stick, or $230 for a box, the No. 2 is not the kind of cigar I should have bought on impulse. For many of us, that’s quite a hefty price to pay on a whim – especially for Montecristo’s first foray into maduro territory. For all I knew, they might have screwed this one up.

A quick physical assay of the cigar in question, however, put my fears to rest. Dark, oily, and impeccably wrapped, the Media Noche is quite the show pony. Had Plato smoked cigars, he might have considered this handsome torpedo the archetypal image of ‘cigar-ness.’ To take this stogie in hand is to see and smell the luxury of well-oiled leather. The pre-light aroma gave off deep and striking notes of espresso, leather, and earth. I couldn’t wait to light up this impressively sized, 6.1 inch by 54 ring gauge beauty and find out if my senses weren’t deceiving me.

I wasn’t dreaming. The cigar lit beautifully and maintained a very firm, but manageable draw. The burn was even throughout, producing a light gray ash that contrasted beautifully with the darkness of the Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. For such a powerful-looking cigar, the Media Noche began with a whisper: a rich, peppery, but decidedly mellow flavor, slowly building up as the smoke progressed. This richness gave way to notes of vanilla and even cream as the cigar reached its final third – a delicate landing after a smooth takeoff and enjoyable flight.

I give this fine cigar a near-perfect four and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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Jon N

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12 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Media Noche No. 2”

  1. furious Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 2:00 am #

    Taking this review as a harbinger, I am very pleased that you joined the Stogie Guys crew of impressive writers. I've always enjoyed the Montecristo line both Cuban and Dominican mainly for the qualities you so aptly described above.

  2. Jenny Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    I may need to grab some of these, thanks!

  3. Don Carlos Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 8:46 am #

    I'm not one to judge a cigar's appearance over its performance, but doesn't this stick appear a bit bumpy and coarse?

  4. Jon N. Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Yeah, that photo is really not indicative of the five or six that I ended up smoking to form an opinion for this review. What happened is that I realized I needed a picture only after having smoked my stash. So I had to run to the local smoke shop and pick up another. The one I bought ended up being pretty dry and not nearly as pretty as the others. I don't know if it's an overall consistency thing or not, which is why I didn't feel justified in awarding five of five stogies here.

  5. ER Doc Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm #

    Thanks, Jon, for your review. It's great to have you as an addition to the Stogie Guys.

  6. Daniel Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:56 am #

    This sounds like one to try. I picked up a bunch of the Montecristo Platinums last time I was in NYC for $1 apiece at JR Cigars. I've enjoyed the darker side of the company, so I should give it a go.

    What would you compare it to?

  7. Jon N. Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    I'd compare it (favorably) to the Ashton Aged Maduro. Similar characteristics and flavor profile. IMO, this is the superior of the two cigars, and I'm a big AAM fan.

  8. Steve M Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    This is one of my favorites. I too am a maduro fan, but I have found the Monte Media Noche to be exceptional. Like all high end cigars, they get better as they age. I found the Churchill to be exceptional as well.

  9. Glen C Friday, January 15, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I got five Media Noches, in the robusto size, as a freebie with a travel humi purchase. The wrappers on mine are significantly darker than the one you have pictured here, and they taste good just looking at them. Problem is, I only got the five, already smoked two and gave one away. I’m heading home from a deployment soon, and I’m gonna let the other two age in my humi at least until I get home and then try one with some gourmet coffee, and the other with some really good scotch. Don’t suppose you have any of those beans left…..

  10. Damon Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    I just got a great deal on a box of the Edmundo size (5 x 55) from CI and smoked one out of the box the day they arrived. It was fantastic! It smelled a little like amonia and I was worried that maybe I needed to let them rest a while. When I lit it up, I immediately tasted notes of mocha and spice. It was very mild unitl the last two inches and then became a literal chocolate stick. I loved it and look forward to smoking the other 19!

  11. Mike Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    What a great review…and I too thought the initial aroma of the raw cigars wasn't a good sign – but wow! They're darn good with the hints of coffee, wood, and some sweet near the end. I found No. 2s at primostogies.com for $195. These cigars are similar to the Reserve Negra line but I'd say they're better. 4.5 out 5 is spot on!

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