17 responses

  1. Daize
    May 13, 2009

    I would just like to add a comment that I forgot to put in the original article :
    The Especial is quite similar in flavour and quality to the Epicure No2 (50 cab). The quality of the epicure 2s from a 25 cab is just not as good though. If you prefer a smaller robusto size go for that.


  2. RDI
    July 31, 2009

    I have smoke 2 of these now with 8 more on deck…fantastic, very pleasurable the flavors dont make you hunt for them they smoothly weave in and out as you smoke it…prime canadite to hot box because each pull is so delicious. Great smoke…give it a try, doesnt dissapoint.


  3. B_A_R
    August 16, 2009

    I’ve just gotten my 3rd order of these guys and… WOW. First box was an impulse ad-on offer i jumped on at the checkout of an order (box of 10).

    They lasted about 3 days. :)

    Some friends and i had to have more.. and thus our new fave was born. Incredible!


  4. Peter
    November 7, 2009

    This is a great special edition cigar! A little too light for my taste but non the less a great cigar! I paired it with cognac and was floored by the aroma a taste this cigar gave me but it didn’t fill my nicotine hunger!


  5. jan
    July 25, 2011

    i would like to prefer hoyo coronation cigar insted of any cigar different person with different point of view and taste now the choice is your try it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    hope you find the right cigar for your self good luck.


  6. YJ
    September 11, 2011

    Another great Cuban that is a bit lighter than the D4. It has almost the same that ends with good spicy and leathery finish.


  7. Hdownunder
    December 28, 2011

    Well said daize and my experience is similar not the most beautiful with a few veins but an hour plus enjoyment and a fine medium bodied blend of the earthy mushroom and mild chilli spices you spoke of went well with a dram or two of Glenfarclas 15yo 50/50 with spring water. Box dated Jan 2010 so will leave the other 9 in the humidor for later as feel sure they will improve in the next 12 months or so.


  8. Brett
    November 1, 2012

    I had my first just this week. My buddy and I split a box. He was a big fan of them and I love the Epi 2 so I bit. What a cigar! It is a 2012 so still very fresh but wow. It is already one of my favorites.


  9. ScottyBoy
    November 29, 2012

    Great review…spot on except I didn’t sense any mushroom in the one I burnt. Box date is 5/12. First time smoker of HDM and I have to say I was very pleased w/ the overall construction,burn, flavors, and value! Great cigar… a lil too close to medium as I prefer a fuller cigar. Hoping with aging these the flavors will deepen and become more pronounced. I experienced a creamsicle/ marachino cherry burst as well. Very tasty!


  10. The Cigar Spy
    December 25, 2012

    My Review

    After a couple of long winter days without a cigar. I received a message on my special edition A15 sWatch from a secret agent that I work with from time to time on secret missions. He delivered a target by the name of Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial and I immediately went to work. It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it, right?

    Don’t get it confused with the Edicion Limitada 2004, its different. Apparently the Edicion Limitada 04 was so popular they decided to come out with the Epicure Especial. It was introduced at the 2008 Festival del Habano in Havana, Cuba. I love the size of this cigar. In some ways, it’s like a big brother to the robusto vitola. The ring gauge is slightly bigger and so is the length. Check out the video below, I put it side by side to a Bolivar Royal Corona to get an idea of the size.

    I won’t get into too much detail, but one thing that is clear is the quality control in Cuba has really stepped up. The wrapper was absolutely beautiful, nice and oily and smelled like fresh cedar. The draw was perfect in this cigar, just the right resistance and simply constructed perfectly. The burn was flawless and the double band on the cigar looked good.

    I’m not a fan of the Epicure, the few that I had were to peppery for me and I didn’t like it. This Hoyo is different, lots of cedar, flower, with sweet tones similar to light vanilla maybe even cinnamon at times and it ends with a smooth finish. It’s easy on the palate and just a great mild-medium cigar. I honestly feel this will make a perfect afternoon smoke, right after a good lunch.

    I’m all about flavor over strength and this cigar is a good example. You don’t need a full body cigar to get full flavor from it.

    Final Grade: B+


  11. LaMartina
    March 13, 2014

    I bought a box of tubos MLO Abr 12. smoke one and find it very potent, peppery and hot(chili) Abit dissapointed, nothing like most of the review – cedary, creammy etc.
    I’ll put it down for awhile and try it at a later date.


  12. max
    March 24, 2014

    Got a box of 10 few weeks ago but still have yet to try them.
    Forgot what the box code is but its 2013. Will wait for them to mellow after few months..


  13. sportster
    March 26, 2014

    Smoking AME ABR 13 out of 10 count box amd they are GREAT! I have had these resting 9 months. I recently aquired 2 more with same date code and I tried one and ot was spicer than the rested ones. These need Reed Barton humi time.


  14. Sam Gearhart
    January 16, 2015

    Your comment about this being similar to Epicure #2 50 cabs, which, according to you, are better than the SLB 25 cab, couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything it either shows your inexperience with smoking alot of cubans from alot of different boxes or your desire to sound like you know what you’re talking about. Probably both. Anyone who’s seen how they operate in the factories knows that there is ABSOLUTELY NO difference between the 50 cabs, 25 cabs or even 25 DB! Now there ARE big differences from box to box and sometimes, more often than not, from cigar to cigar within the same box! But there is NO intention or purposeful fixing to make Epicure #2 50 cab cigars Better than 25 SLB cigars, PERIOD!! And to say that there is, is just ignorant and untrue! Cigars all go to the same sorting tables and are sorted by color, thats it. Never are cigars made from the beginning with the supervisor saying “Okguys and gals, today we are going to roll HdM Epicure ##2’s and they’re all going into 50 cabs so lets make em better than the ones that go into 25 slb or dress boxes!” Are you kidding me?!?!?!?? You really show your ignorance of how the cuban cigar manufacturing process works with some of your statements and they are statements I’ve heard made throughout your reviews and have read and seen these stupid beliefs perpetuated throughout the forums, which are a great source of misinformation if that’s what you’re looking to procure.


  15. yayaWHO
    April 21, 2015

    @ Sam Gearhart … way way WAY too OFFENSIVE … as if some1 just couldn´t have his own valuation, taste, point of view, ´touch´, experience … On the other side of the world, there is YOU (alone?), one who knows everything & has ´License to offense´. CITEH fan in disguise???

    Btw: NO NEED for further reaction AT ALL – I know all too well in advance what would be its contents …

    @ Daize … sorry for jumping on to your defence when NOT asked to, just can´t stand the on-line anonymus offensive rubbish nowadays. One can easily write a comment with similar outcome yet still having ´a class´ …, not in this case though.

    Thx for your understanding, a nice review btw.

    An inexperienced cigar smoker whos desire is to sound like some1 who knows what he is WRITING about …


  16. grfg8r
    July 8, 2015


    Thank you for a wonderful review. My amigos and I enjoy the time you take to write a review. We think you are spot on.

    Know: To Sam “DICK” Gearhart,

    So who died and left you cigar god? My guess is, you’ve been called a DICK before. Your comments are WORTHLESS RUBBISH! Anymore comments from you will be scrolled down to the next DECENT person!


  17. Sean R
    August 15, 2015

    I was recommended the especial when I was shopping for no 2 in lcdh cayman. Early this year I saw an unbeatable deal on the especial and ordered 2 * 10 packs. I have smoked 6 so far. This is truly a special cigar. IMHO, This is really nothing like the no 2 or Petit Robusto (2 sticks I am very familiar with). Woody and tobacco flavors dominate the traditional Hoyo and the strength is medium and higher. From a flavor profile, this is closer to Monte especial no 2 (my all time favorite) or the le cigars. This has a sweeter, mildly flowery but totally enticing flavor profile and the strength never goes beyond light medium. I never experienced any change in strength overall. In my opinion, this is truly a Premium cigar (Almost a LE) sold at non premium price. If you are looking for an everyday premium at a value price, this is it.


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