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FAKE Cuban Montecristo No.2 Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, February 20, 2014
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I screwed up – this is a FAKE Cuban Montecristo No.2 Cigar Review! See my explanation and apology here: http://cigarobsession.com/2014/03/01/i-owe-you-guys-a-big-apology/

This 6 1/8×52 belicoso shaped stick features a dark brown wrapper with a firm lumpy pack, small veins, tight seams, a butter soft oily feel and faint wood aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful smoke producing medium-full bodied flavors of a smooth oily slightly sweet tobacco that shifts to a deeper but smooth earth through the long finish. The first third produces a big body of a very zingy and black peppered earth both on the draw and finish. It’s smooth but there is no oil or creme, it’s very simple and powerful on the palate. 40 minutes in the 1/2 way point brings a flavor and body shift, coming down a tick to a solid medium, the pepper is almost completely gone just lingering at the end of the finish. On the draw a big smooth cream joins the earth, which lasts until the next draw. Burn is good, not perfect but not a problem. The draw is perfect, smoke production is thick and rich and the ash holds for 1/2 the cigar. Ending at 1:25 the last bit turned to a sweet nuttiness but started to draw harder. Thank you to the anonymous viewer that sent this one in to review!

  • casey

    Someday I hope to have the pleasure of toasting a few different cubans. Thanks for another great review.

  • nyccigarlover

    It’d be cool if you can follow up these Cuban cigar reviews with their non-Cuban counterparts. I believe there’s a Dominican Montecristo #2 as well.
    Did the one you smoked have any age on it? On thing I hear about a lot of Cubans from a lot of bloggers is that they age very well, better than cigars from other countries (for the most part). Cigar Journal had a write up about it a few months ago as a matter of fact.

    • There ARE NO counterparts. They share a name only. ZERO relation.

      • nyccigarlover

        lol. KNEW you’d say something like that.

  • This is great, I’m loving these CC reviews as both of these have been on my list of things to try someday. Looking forward to the next one!

    • Bigdave

      They are great. I been watching them for weeks now. I wish found Bryan sooner.:( I have had a few Cubans. Bolivar belicoso and a Montecristo tubo. My mother got them for me at the airport in Milan, Italy before their voyage home. I wish she had got more.:(

  • WishIHadAHumidor

    Nice Review. I live in Florida and cant tell you how frustrated I am that the best Cigars in the world are a short drive and boat ride from my home, and I cant get to any of them. Fear of getting counterfeit product keeps me from seeking them out. Still, I do enjoy the cigars I am able to get and hope one day Cubans will be readily available in the U.S.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Ace McCool

    Finally some Cuban reviews, woohoo! Hope to see more.

  • Frozenstain

    I agree with Brian’s opinion. There is nothing magical about Cuban cigars. Here in Europe they are commercially available and the only way you can really good recognize them is the price. They are much expensive than noncubans brands (at the same level of quality). Of course, i have favorite cubans brands (Punch Punch, Trinidad Reyes, Ramon Allones Specialy Selected, Partagas P no.2,…) same like favorite noncubans (Flor de las antilas, RP Decade, RP 15th, Ashon Herritage, Oliva V and O Maduro,…). I have always said that Cubans are a little different, but I could not tell why. Not better, not worse, but different. After the last two reviews it is clear. Its realy easy and true. Cubans are stronger and have a straightforward simplier taste in separated parts, Noncubans are more complex, mixing taste together more and have less intense. Of course this does not apply to everyone.
    Excuse my English.

  • yosef5

    Well another good review As always thank you

  • hisunkc

    Oh! Montecristo No.2!
    It’s the one of my favorite cuban cigars.
    The only problem is it’s price.

    Thanks for your great review.

  • Guy

    Dear Bryan,
    Another great review ,Thanks, Bryan,But you said that you have not reviewed a lot of Cubans and that they are not that different for N.C.’s .
    WRONG BRO.. There are a lot of difference between them . It’s like saying that R.R. cars are no different then any other car.Or,
    what is so special about FERRARI then any other car ?
    Calvisson, France

    • lrogers

      Just wondering how someone can have a “WRONG” opinion. I believe Bryon stated that those were his “opinions”. If someone has an opinion on a subject it’s niether right or wrong. Simply an opinion. Must do things different in France.


    • Tuck29S

      This analogy has no relevance

    • Bigdave

      When you drive a Ferrari, mash the peddle to the floor,hook some long corners and you will know where that money went.:)


    Bummer! This was a cigar I was dying to try until I watched the review, as I hate pepper in my cigars. Can you recommend any CCs that have more dessert like flavors?

    • padron80

      Try the cohiba behike,cohiba esplendito or the cuaba solomone all great smokes. only problem is you need to rob a bank to afford them.

    • PAG

      I’m not a big pepper fan either and I really liked the Montecristo Open Eagle. Lots of changes throughout the smoke.

    • Casmund

      I have tried a few of the Cuban Montecristo No 4’s and they have kind of a gingerbread taste with some citrus.. the Diplomatico No.2 is also supposed to have a dessert profile but I have not tried one yet. One of my favorites has been the HDM Epicure Especial altho it is more of a Leathery Mushroom, earthy, wood profile.

  • MongoJay

    Is the Montecristo #2 deserving to be #1 in Cigar Aficionado’s hearts?

    • It’s a good one! I’ve smoked three so far, may have to try a couple more to decide

  • jablaze

    The flavors sound really good on this Monti but is it just me or does that cigar look terrible? From the veins to the changing wrapper color and lumps….with seams that go for days? The US Montecristo’s are atleast gopd looking sticks with flavors to match. Thanks for the review Bryan, not trying to be hateful or anything but I hope that stick came with a certificate of authenticity from Havana….lol

    • jablaze

      Yay! I was first to mention I thought it was a fake but didn’t wanna seem like a dick and get yelled at….lol…maybe I could win a sampler now!….haha. It happens to the best of us Bryan….makes us human…thanks for all you do man

  • Tuxedoman

    You need to keep in mind that with Cubans, like Montecristo and Cohiba, there are likely more fakes than real. If you buy from anyone other than a reputable dealer you are most certainly getting fake. Here in Toronto Canada we have easy access to both Cuban and non… but, believe me, we pay the price. Having smoked both I am starting lo lean more to Cuban. Having said that I do have some favourite non Cuban as well.

  • sdh3237

    I agree with jablaze. That cigar looks terrible. I will stick to my non-Cuban Monte. It looks good and tastes good to me.

  • Buffalo Trace

    “Habanos also announced that in 2013 the value of its export reached $447 million, an increase of eight percent over 2012. The results cover all 27 brands produced by hand in Cuba, according to the official press release.” Cigar Aficionado. Big $$$ being made down there in Cuba. I have a friend that lives in Canada & comes down here to Indiana bout once a month, I asked if she could bring me some Cubans but shes not willing to take the risk. So I’ll likely only get to read the reviews & watch Bryan smoke Cubans on here. 🙁

  • Nolen

    I really enjoy these cigars as well as the #4’s. Great review!

    Bryan, I notice that you don’t retro-hale. Is there a reason for that?

  • Cherokee

    Hey Bryan,

    After seeing your apology for the “Fake” Montecristo #2, I went to several Casa Del Habano sites and looked at close-ups of the Monties. There were several with the off-center bands. If the band is the only criteria you used, it might not have been a fake. IMO.

  • Bigdave

    Too bad the Cubans not around so Bryan could have cut bit opened and seen what he smoked! 🙂

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