Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva, a real masterpiece!

March 21, 2012
I tried it a few days ago in London and was deeply impressed. Worth every penny of the £65 I paid!

This relatively recent tendency of the Cubans to regularly bring out a Reserva or Gran Reserva from aged tobaccos with a limited production of just 5,000 boxes is really catching on. Each year this series features one of their most popular cigars in an incredible edition!

They began with an amazing Partagas Serie D No. 4 Reserva, continued with a very good, but more ‘humble’ Montecristo No. 4, before progressing to the outstanding Cohiba Siglo VI, which was the first Gran Reserva. Last year it was the turn of the much loved Montecristo No. 2 (which I present here) made from tobacco leaves harvested in 2005. This year, as I have already written, they are going back to the Reservas with the classic Romeo y Julieta Churchill scheduled to be released at the end of the year.

The Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva 2005 never came to Greece (unless a few boxes arrived and I wasn’t aware), but I found it in London and didn’t miss the opportunity. It’s the classic pyramid (152mm x 52), manufactured by master rollers at the H. Upmann factory, which specialises in pyramids since that is where not only the classic Montecristo No. 2 but also the corresponding H. Upmann and Diplomaticos are rolled. Its construction and draw are simply perfect, allowing its aromas to be released smoothly right from the first puffs. The cigar is in fact something of an aroma ‘bombshell’! Very rich and full bodied, it has little in common with a regular Montecristo No. 2. It fills the mouth with complex aromas of exotic spices, black pepper and Szechuan pepper, chocolate and liquorice, all discernible against a complex earthy background. Although heavy, the smoke has no harshness and is very rich... almost velvety!

(Rating: 9.5 / 10) 

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