Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure 2013 LE

Hoyo De Monterrey Grand Epicure 2013 Edición Limitada

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Grand Epicure
Size : 5.1 x 55
Released : 2013
Box code : ALT JUN13
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure is one of the first 2013 limited editions to be released this year and this fat 55 ring gauge cigar really looks the part. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the Hoyo line which is known for its sweeter profile. As many aficionados know, the Edición Limitada cigars are hand rolled by expert rollers and the wrapper, filler and binder leaves come from carefully selected plants from the Vuelta Abajo plantations (the best growing region in Cuba) and aged a minimum of 2 years.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Box code : Dec 2011
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$250 for a box of 25
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The robusto is my preferred vitola. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 is perhaps one of the most popular robustos on the market and is one of those handful of cigars that must always be stocked in my humidor for good reason. This cigar has been reviewed many times because of its popularity. I wanted to share my own experience with this cigar. This sample came from a 25-count box purchased in Cuba earlier this year. It carries a box date of December 2011.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Piramides 2011 LE

Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Piramides 2011 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 5.3 x 46
Released : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14/piece
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Pirámides Limited Edition 2011 was released at the end of last year by Habanos S.A, describing it as mild yet complex, a perfect cigar for beginning smokers. I managed to get mine (smoked a fiver for this review) in Rome's La Casa del Habano this spring and had waited a couple of months before sitting down tête-à-tête. Seems like it was worth the wait.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 102 x 19.84 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Box code : 2010
Weight : 9.59 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9/piece
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Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto has become one of my go-to cigars lately. It totally fits my current needs - a short smoke with a reliable construction and enough punch to be suitable as an after-dinner cigar. For this reason, the 4-inches long Cuban puro made it to my top Cuban cigars of 2011 list.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona

Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 42 x 129 mm (5.1)
Discontinued in : 2006
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each at the B&M
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona is a pre-1960 release and it was discontinued in 2006. I really enjoy the Hoyo des Dieux and Double Corona vitolas but to me Hoyo de Monterrey is a marca I am still discovering. I love trying new cigars and this was the perfect one to do so. It was much shorter than anything I had ever tried in their portfolio. Hopefully it will match up to its bigger brothers.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Coronation Tubo

Hoyo de Monterrey Coronation Tubo

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$130 for a box of 25
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I acquired a couple of these tubos in a B&M cigar shop in Geneva, Switzerland. I can’t really explain the reason behind this purchase as there were more attractive cigars on the shelves... I probably thought that I might finally be able to find a Cuban tubo that I’ll like. I think that I’ll have to keep looking.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto Extra (Gordito)
Size : 141 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : ~$275 for a box of 25
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The Epicure Especial is widely considered the crème de la crème of the Hoyo de Monterrey line, and I would tend to concur. This is one of my favorite Cubans, at this size, for the price. It is a medium bodied cigar that falls right into my personal preferences. I paired this cigar with a light red wine in the first third. Two 'Illy' double espressos in the second (no I ain't gonna sleep tonight), and alternated between a bit of whiskey and filtered water on the last (in hindsight water alone would have been just fine).

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Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Regalo / Britanicas
Size : 137 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 9.34 g
Box code : SMB NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : $300+ for a box of 25
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We would like to express our gratitude to Richard Cordero who took amazing photographs for this review. Thank you!

Habanos Edicion Limitada 2007. To read the advertising on this cigar one would think it would provide something of a religious experience. Where it was an amazing experience, it took some work to get there. There are still, unfortunately, some hit and miss issues from the Island South of Miami.

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