Montecristo Petit No. 2, Cuban Cigar Information
The Petit No. 2 along with the Double Edmundo, are the two additions to the Montecristo range in 2013. Seen as the smaller version of the iconic No. 2, the Petit No. 2 was released around the second week of November 2013.
Habanos S.A. Promotional Images
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Ajay Patel over at the La Casa del Habanos in Teddington, London was the first online retailer to annouce that they had received stocks of the Montecristo Petit No. 2. More information on Ajay's Facebook Page.
One of the biggest issues that many aficionados have had regarding the Montecristo Petit No. 2 is the excessive recommended retail price imposed on retailers by Habanos S.A. Looking online at the various retailers who stock this cigar, a box of twenty five Petit No. 2 on average are only twenty or so dollars cheaper than the regular No. 2! This pricing strategy hasn't been decided on retailers, but the distributors. With any luck, in the forthcoming nine to twelve months, we should see the pricing of the Petit No. 2 reduce to more comparable prices compared to the rest of the Montecristo range.
My view on the Montecristo Petit No. 2
To date I've only smoked one Montecristo Petit No. 2, mainly because I find the price point offputting as you can buy a Montecristo No. 2 for a few dollars more. Saying that however, the Petit No. 2 that I have smoked was quite refined. The tobacco used seemed to me to be better quality that is usually found throughout the Montecristo brand. The construction of the Petit No. 2 to me was above average for a Montecristo, something you find of new production cigars. Whether Habanos S.A. manage to uphold the quality of the Petit No. 2 in a few years to come is dubious. I'm looking forward to smoking more Petit No. 2 in the forthcoming months to get a better idea of the cigar as a whole, but this specimen deserves 90 points.
Reviews from the Internet
Ryan's review of the Montecristo Petit No. 2
Here's the thoughts of the Montecristo Petit No. 2 that Ryan, an Irish Brother of the Leaf who received the Cigar whilst attending the February 2013 Habanos Festival:
10g vs 15g for the Monte 2. About 5mm shorter than a P1 or 30mm shorter than the 2. Very nice wrapper feel. I don't cut much off these but very easy draw, a little too easy. On lighting it's fierce, very harsh ammonia on the nose. I got this in February but tastes very fresh and young. The strongest ammonia I've had in some time. This has been in a singles humidor for months at 62-65 RH.
About 1 inch in now and settled down a lot. Still ammonia but there's a little vanilla now and a sourness I sometimes like in a cigar. The thing is, because of the length, and ring gauge, at just over 1 inch in, I feel like it's coming to an end and want another cigar. Maybe that's the marketing plan.. They might be good in future, with the youth and ammonia in this one, it's hard to tell. They won't be top of my list.
Friends of Habanos Video Review
Rob is joined on the deck by Brandon and PJ to review the Montecristo Petit No. 2. Concerns regarding pricing that I have highlighted on this page were also highlighted by Rob in the review.
The boys seemed to have a lot of issues with the initial draw and construction of the Petit No. 2. Selecting one Cigar out of the box seemed to be a chore in itself as at least three were underfilled.
Watch the video below to see Rob's rating and his overall thoughts:
Overall impressions were that the Montecristo Petit No. 2 was a massive let down. Along with the specimens on show being terribly underfilled, the flavour profile was underwhelming, with a flat mix of tea, leather and tobacco notes.
When you can buy a full-sized Montecristo No. 2 that will only cost you a little more, that gives you a well constructed, extremely tasty, and an extra inch in length over the Petit No. 2, you just can't justify this little stick. FAIL.