Montecristo Edmundos, Replacing the No. 2 as smokers favorite?

Montecristo Edmundo

For the past 10 years, I have found that the Montecristo No. 2 has been one of the most sought after Cuban cigars by my clients.  The world over the Montecristo No. 2 is renowned for it’s consistency in flavor and construction.  I remember when I started in the business it was very difficult to get your hands on a box.  Havana House would get a limited quantity for their best retailers and we would be lucky enough to get a box every two weeks.  During the cigar craze of the 90’s, this piramide or torpedo sized cigar was seen in every cigar magazine, in movies, and even on the first cigar websites.

The Montecristo No. 2 has found some strong competition for the title of best Montecristo size as of late.  Since its release in 2004, the Montecristo Edmundo has been steadily increasing in popularity.  It is close in size to the No. 2, but without the tapered end that is characteristic of a No. 2, Torpedo, or Piramide.  I find that many cigar lovers are starting to prefer the un-tapered end because it allows for an easier draw, more smoke in a puff and consequently more flavor.

The Edmundo is made with Montecristo’s standard blend, medium bodied, a base of cedar flavor and hints of nuttiness and nutmeg.  Because it is a large cigar though, you will find it more intense that a Montecristo No. 4 or Montecristo Petit Tubo.

It seems Cuba is aware of this change in size preferences amongst cigar lovers.  There is a big push towards new thick sizes without tapers, like the Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto, the Bolivar Short Bolivar – an Asia Pacific Regional Edition, and the Trinidad Robusto Extra.  Old popular sizes like the Lonsdale, Corona, and Especiale are no longer in vogue.

Regardless of the Edmundo’s increasing popularity, the classic Montecristo No. 2 can never be replaced.  They are both great cigars, and both have a place in cigar lovers humidors.