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Quick Smoke: Montecristo No. 2 (Cuban)

6 Jun 2010

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Montecristo No. 2

I had been hanging on to this Cuban icon for over two years, finally deciding this weekend that it was overdue for a date with the flame. I was right. While the physical properties were improved, particularly the stability of the ash, the flavor was slightly sourer and a bit less flavorful. Time may have withered away some of the almond and oak. I still recommend purchasing this 6.1-inch cigar—just remember not to wait too long to fire it up.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Montecristo No. 2 (Cuban)”

  1. Ethan K Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    Patrick A, How much aging is ideal? It seems hard to know. Thanks for sharing your experience as so many people suggest years & years & years.

  2. Patrick A Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Frankly, I don’t know. In this case two years was too much. One of the challenges of cigar storage is discovering how long to age cigars. Right now I’m experimenting on a trial-and-error basis; I suggest you do the same.

  3. smokewire Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    the review seems to be a good one still i expect you write about the taste!

  4. Cadillac Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    If you have more, give it time. It will change again.