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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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Corona
Size : 5.54″ x 42
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : $12
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This cigar has a classic Cuban appearance and comes in a traditional presentation. Unbanded in a cedar cabinet of 25 cigars, the wrapper is light brown and silky looking with a few puckered veins running across its surface. It has a triple cap and once I clipped it I could see an expertly done bunching of the tobacco that mirrored what I saw in the foot. I was concerned that the draw might be a little tight and I was right but it was still manageable. I have found many of the Cuban cigars I have smoked to be excellent smokes, but only after they have been aged properly do they begin to truly shine. With eight and a half years under its belt this cigar demonstrated why many cigar lovers consider Cuban cigars to be the best in the world.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Seleccion Piramides

Hoyo de Monterrey Seleccion Piramide

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Piramide
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$25 each
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This Hoyo de Monterrey belongs to the Seleccion Piramides Series, a limited edition of 5 Cuban piramides released in 2003.

This is the very first cigar that I smoked out of that little beautiful box and I enjoyed the experience. Although the Cohiba and the Montecristo were superior (reviews coming up), this Hoyo is undoubtedly an excellent smoke.

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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
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$250 for a box of 25
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Epicure No. 2 is a nice robusto, known for its complex flavors. It's one of the best selling cigars at my local tobacconist.

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