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.

Appearance : ★★★★½
As you can see from the pictures, this cigar looks pretty impressive. The 50 ring gauge is the point where, for me, a cigar becomes too thick to smoke comfortably so I'm glad it's not a 52 or more. The wrapper, fairly rustic, might have a few water spots on some samples. Besides that, the Petit Robusto seems well-rolled and usually does not present any obvious visual defects.

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Construction : ★★★★☆
The draw is usually spot on, I've had multiple boxes from different years and haven't had a single plugged cigar. On the other hand, some of them might seem underfilled which results in a draw that is too open. As for the burn, I'm yet to experience any canoeing - but again, the burn line is not razor-sharp most of the time. Overall, decent construction that does not require too much attention, this is especially true for more recent boxes (2010+).

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Flavor : ★★★★½
Unfortunately, Hoyo Petit Robustos do need some aging to show their full potential. My 2010 box is ready to be smoked right now and there's some more room for progress. I've smoked 4 samples from the box for this review. Depending on the box date, it might start out tasting a little young with some hints of ammonia - there is almost none of this left on cigars from my box. The first third starts with a typical peppery Cuban blast, then quickly deploys cocoa and chocolate notes. Spice is present but far from overwhelming, allowing me to detect some more subtle flavors like nutmeg and almonds. The second third is more woody, with clear cedar flavors which become more intense as I approach the last third, medium+ in terms of power and exempt from bitterness of any kind. The finish is full of flavors and leaves you wanting to light another one.

Value : ★★★★½
That's a pretty affordable Cuban and provides a good bang for your buck. If you have humidor space, getting a box for ageing is a good idea.

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
A good 40-45 minutes smoke, the Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto is one of my favorites in this format, along with the Montecristo Petit Edmundo which is slightly more imposing. For a busy man, this is a good cigar to end a weekday with.

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19 Comments on “Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto”

  1. The best Hoyo and the best Petit Robusto that I ever smoked. I highly recommend this cigar.

  2. RobustoCharles says:

    Too little flavor early on, but once the initial new wore off, this stick would just about sing you a song! I loved it.

  3. I’ve had more than a few of these and age seems to be a factor. They can seem a little grassy when young. When there on, they are one of my favorite shorter smokes.

  4. The flavour development is so nicely paced amongst this cigar. Only had one, but I would merrily buy a box based on that experience! And doesn’t it just have the nicest label!

  5. Great Cigar, Takes a little to get going but once it does…exceptional!!

  6. Age, Age, Age. These smokes require a good 6 months in humidor lockdown. If you can hold off, you will be surely rewarded. One of the best HdM’s.

  7. havanasmoke says:

    I’m not impressed like I was with the H Upp’s Mag 46. have tried 4, 8 and 12 months aging(there is a difference but again still doesn’t impress me with the flavor (even though I agree the older one was a tad better) fair plus on construction, flavor was OK but didn’t snow me. Would rather spend my money on Cohiba rob’s as I’ve never been disappointed with them after a good 6 months maturing. Just my point of view.

  8. Positively surprised by this small cigar. Beautiful looks, top construction and nice flavors. I much preferred it to the larger Hoyo cigars, namely the Magnums 46 and 50. Maybe this is because I am a devoted fan of Partagas (and Serie D No4 in particular). But the Hoyo Petit Robusto is a very good reason to cheat on Partagas (at least until they decide to put Serie D No5 in normal production…:-)

  9. Out of all the cuban marcas, I am the most unfamiliar with Hoyos. I am a fan of the Monte petit edmundo,….but alas I am out of them and in the market of buying CC’s. Nice review Denis, I will definitely have to seriously adding this to my next purchase. Today I just got in a box of SLR Serie A’s and El Rey del Mundo Choixs.

  10. I bought a pack of three of these last year. I had one immediately and i’ve never seen such a flawless construction, the ash was holding until the nub!

    I let the two others in the humidor for about three months and when I started smoking one of them, I’ve never experienced such a pronounced wood flavor… amazing.

  11. I can recommend this one too. Subjetlivly I thing HDM Epicure #2 is little bit better.

  12. I enjoyed one of these this afternoon during my afternoon walk with the dog and wanted to share my experience.

    This is the perfect size for me to enjoy for my afternoon walk. A good 40 minute smoke, perhaps aided in burn time by the fact that it is a smouldering 37 degrees c here in the Toronto area.

    The smoke started off with a very thick and sweet smoke. A beautiful velvety, oily feel in my mouth. Hints of coffee and cocoa filled my mouth on every puff with a very slight salty aftertaste. This remained consistent until about the halfway point where hints of dark bitter chocolate came through with a touch of wood and pepper that lingered on the back of my tongue.

    The mild peppery taste remained for the rest of the smoke, not overwhelming but just enough spice to keep the spice ever present. The bitterness turned into a nice sweetness again with a touch of salt and chocolate by the last inch or so.

    I quite enjoyed this smoke and glad I had my ‘mule’ pick up a box of 25 for me during his recent Cuban vacation.

    The burn was spot on, only going a tad irregular near the end. The ash was grey/white and remained firmly on my cigar for a good two inches which is saying a lot considering it is a 4 inch cigar and I was walking while smoking it.

    Sweet, oily, to start, a touch of dark chocolate/woodsy with hints of pepper at the halfway mark that gave way to sweet/mildly peppery smoke for the last inch or so.

    40 minutes, dog was walked, I enjoyed my first cigar of the day and I will now enjoy an iced tea and look forward to what I will be smoking when I have my after-sunset walk which is usually longer. For tonight I’m eyeballing either a Bolivar Royal Corona or an Edmundo.

    What I like about the Hoyo is that I can smoke it on an empty stomach and not be overwhelmed by it. The sweat was from the walk, not the nicotine. lol

    Cheers all! Try one if you can. I don’t think you will be dissapointed.

  13. I am taking hoyo petit robusto. It is just fantastic to draw easily and produce lovely smoke that I was expecting. I love the ring size and this is just too good to hold. Light taste at the beginning, a little spice towards the 3rd. The only thing I wanted to say is I need relight few times before coming to the 3rd, probably I am taking it windy outdoor.and the wrapping seem a bit loose after the cut.

  14. Bought a 3-pack of these at Frankfurt Duty Free, recommended by a cigar guy as mild-yet-flavourful when I was buying some Cohibas. Bought a box the next trip – this shorty has quickly become one of my favourites – flawless construction, decent burn, tons of smoke and flavour, stays mild to the end. Size is right, too, I rarely have time to smoke anything longer than this. Had Epicure No.2 as well, excellent cigars. Hoyo is underpriced for what you get, imo.

  15. StevenSauce says:

    superb cigar, a little bit sweeter and less floral than the epicure 2 but still pretty complex. mild as expected, smoking time was about 45mins. one of my favs

  16. Mr. Trinidad says:

    I have 6 boxes of these resting in my humidor. Over the past 2 years, I found myself grabbing for Hoyo Petit Robusto in the morning with a cup of coffee. I am just drawn to its flavor profile and smoothness. I guess time will always tell (or a quick look in one’s humidor), but if you asked me what my favorite Cuban cigar is, it would have to this one.

  17. I purchased some Cuban packs online and had a 3-pack of these petit robustos. Put them in humipak for a while and have smoked 2-off now. Nice solid smoke without being over powering. Will purchase again. Just the job with time limitations.

  18. One of my favorite CC’s and for me, the best Hoyo I’ve tried.
    True, they need some ageing otherwise they taste a bit grassy and bitter.Has anyone else noticed different coloured wrappers on these ?

  19. perfect ”to go” smoke. my box Oct-13 so 1 year now and thats what it needs. smoked a fresh one before but not the same. perfect draw and a nice cuban for beginers as well as for aficionados as a daily smoke. Just had a HDM EL-13 witch is a more heavy one with a lot more taste and changes all way in. this one is more the same all around when compere thoes two. I give this small one overall 4.5

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