I paid practically zero attention to the news about this product’s release back in August when it first came to light. Reason? I hadn’t had an Altadis Montecristo I really liked. I really did not expect that to change with this “Epic” line they were coming out with. After all, it was the same company blending it...and they tend to blend in such a way that doesn’t appeal to me...except not this time. I ended up picking up my first Monte Epic when a store-owner who is a friend recommended it to me...and he was right. It became hands-down my favorite Altadis cigar ever, even if it was a bit pricey. Then I saw a review or two hit about the “No. 2” vitola and I was intrigued. Do I expect that the cigar is going to have vastly different flavor than the others I’ve smoked? Not really, but...you just never know. The No. 2 Pyramid shape is probably one of the most famous vitolas of any cigar in the world...talk about Montecristo No. 2, and people assume you’re talking about the Cuban version in the Pyramid shape. Since Altadis is part owner of the company that makes the Cuban version, there is no copyright infringement for them to make an American-market version in the same size...so they did. This Epic features a blend that is said to be tweaked from the original release. It is a limited edition, although I couldn’t find anywhere that stated how many were made. Like the original release Epic, these have an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic; unlike the original release, which featured some Vintage 2007 tobacco, all the tobacco in the No. 2 is from 2007. I bought this one at Silo Cigars in Knoxville.
Note: after I bought mine, smoked and reviewed it, I noticed other reviews being posted that showed a far, far greater price than what I paid...some as high as $22 or so a stick. I maintain that you can indeed "put a price on an experience" and therefore the cost of a cigar should factor into its score. At $15 a stick or so, I would say this is just worth the price of admission, but if you are looking at having to pay more than $20, I would pass...but, again, that's just my opinion. I also found it very interesting that someone I know fairly well and who generally hates anything coming out of the large cigar conglomerates loves this cigar, rating it higher than the regular Monte Epic. Very surprising cigar.