Cigar Review – Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 Reserva

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124mm (5″) x 50
Cosecha : 2012
Price : £55 / $ 65 each

Draw : Rating: ★★★★★☆
Burn : Rating: ★★★½☆☆
Flavours : Rating: ★★★★½☆
Aroma : Rating: ★★★★★☆
strength : Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆

In 2003, Habanos S.A., introduced the Reserva concept by launching the Cohiba Seleccion Reserva box. Specially selected tobacco aged for a minimum of three years before being used to roll the reserva cigars. Also the tobacco is coming from a single crop. In the case of the Epicure N.2 Reserva all tobacco come from 2012.


As soon as I lit the cigar I was very excited from the beautiful blue smoke it created and the wonderful aroma you could enjoy in the room.
The first few puffs are very impressive. Expressing a serious cigar. Even though I tell everyone dont judge the cigar in the first few puffs, these ones were so good that I just hoped it continues this way. The vanilla touch and creaminess were predominant during that short part.
It clearly is richer and stronger than your regular epicure N.2. I have always enjoyed the regular production of epicure N.2. A cigar I would choose when I couldn’t set my mind on what to smoke tonight. Therefore I was very excited abut this release.
The density of smoke is very high, which allow a wonderful texture to linger on the palate.
I love the aroma being developed, reminding of coffee being slowly roasted.
The first part was very balanced. Light strength cigar, great balance. no acidity nor bitterness and this great vanilla flavour profile all throughout. The sweet coconut feeling was reminding us of the complexity this cigar could express with some age.

The second part could be resumed this way: So much flavours, so much texture, yet so soft and delicate. It is great to see how light strength cigar develops such a rich and complex blend.
Unfortunately the cigar started to burn funnily. It is a shame as I am sure this affects the flavours as the blend doesn’t burn properly. thankfully it stabilise without the help of a lighter and the cigar expression becomes much more balanced and enjoyable as before. The aroma is just great. A true scent.

As I said I like the epicure n2 current production and was expecting a good one but this is so much richer and intense than I could expect.

The cigar becomes stronger towards the end but a great creaminess stays on the palate. The flavours are more vegetal and a bit green, reminding you the cigar just came out on the market it still has a lot more to show. Even though it was rolled in 2015 with 2012 tobacco.