Monthly Archives: July 2007

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #1

Yet another review of a Cuban cigar, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure 1, 143mm long and ring 46. The wrapper is pretty even though it has quite some veins and spots.
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The predraw is easy and I can already taste a light raisin flavor, just like but not as strong as at the Hoyo de Monterrey epicure 2. After lighting the cigar I can’t taste the raisins anymore but I taste tobacco and smooth leather, at a quarter of the cigar there is a brief hint of cacao on the background which disappears soon. Halfway the leather grows stronger, the cacao returns but the tobacco still wins the battle of the flavors. It’s is a perfect mix of flavors.
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I didn’t discover lots of flavors or a complex palate but the constant taste is very nice, smooth and full. The cigar gives a medium to full, white and pretty smoke and a dark frayed ash. The burn is nice and steady, even though the cigar had to be relit halfway because it stopped burning.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, definitely.
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

The 125mm long ring 50 Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 is the ‘cigar of the month’ at sigarenliefhebber.nl and so here is my review.

It is a beautiful cigar, nice oily wrapper, the color is great and even, it looks smooth and the pretty band finishes the looks. You can clearly see that the manufacturer took good care of this cigar

Cutting the cigar was very easy and the predraw was fine, not too hard but not too easy to. I could taste a sweet flavor at the predraw which reminded me of raisin. The raisin flavor was clear and strong when I lit the cigar, sweet, raisins and a hint of leather. What a disappointment, I don’t like raisin. Grapes should be used to make wine, not to dry them and turn them into raisin. As the cigar progressed I could also taste some wood flavors, but the raisin sweetness is still the lead singer of the flavor band. At a third of the cigar the sweetness steps a bit back and a hint of cacao shows up, with a light pepper on the background, but I can’t say that it’s a full flavor. Actually, the flavor seems to weaken more and more, only at the end the cacao makes a bit of a comeback. Lack of flavor, that is my opinion about this cigar.

The smoke is medium, it could and should have been a bit thicker and the ash is terrible to see, very frayed and it has some color differences. One part was dark gray and then there was a part light gray.

Would I buy this cigar again? Definitely not!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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