Origin : Cuba
Format : Short Panetela (Trabucos)
Size : 110 x 15 mm (4.3 x 38)
Box code : 2011
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député is part of the Le Hoyo cigar series, which dates back to the 1940s. We've reviewed some of the cigars from the series previously: Le Hoyo du Roi and Le Hoyo des Dieux. Le Hoyo series was initially designed to offer a richer, more full-bodied smoking experience, but I'm not sure there's still a significant body difference with other cigars within the brand. These Cuban puros are made from tobacco leaves grown in Vuelta Abajo. They are quite reasonably priced; let’s see how one measured up.
The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député is quite nice to look at with a medium brown wrapper that is smooth with only a few fine veins. There is a nice oily sheen to the wrapper. The wrapper shows a crack and the cigar feels a bit soft in spots, which makes me concerned about the construction. Assuming the construction is good, this is a really minor point.
I needn’t have been concerned about the draw as it turns out; it’s nice and open but not too loose, and the soft spots don’t seem to be causing any problems. The burn is nice and even, though a bit quick. The ash hangs on nicely but it isn’t particularly attractive. Have I seen better construction? Yes, but there’s nothing strictly wrong with it either. The Le Hoyo du Député produces a moderate amount of aromatic smoke that smells largely of cedar.
Overall, flavors are woody with an undercurrent of cream that gives the flavor profile quite a pleasant texture. From start to finish, a lot of interesting notes came and went. At times I caught hints of fruit and nuts, and at one point a delicious sweetness with a slightly roasted edge. It might have been honey or caramel, I couldn’t say for sure. Leather weaves in and out as well. It is a complex, ever-changing experience, and at no point during the (short) smoke was I remotely bored. Though the flavors were basic, together they wove a lovely tapestry. I must add that the cigars smoked for this review were aged for about 3 years. When very fresh, Hoyo du Député is significantly less complex and might even develop aggressive flavors like ammonia.
Value : (4.25)
At around $5-7 per stick, this is a very affordable Cuban cigar. I can’t complain about the price at all given that this is an enjoyable stogie, even if it isn’t perfect.
Overall Rating :
Construction, while not flawed, wasn’t perfect; the flavor and the value are pretty good. I would certainly smoke one again. If you enjoy cigars with woody or creamy profiles and you are looking for a reasonably priced everyday stogie from Cuba, Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député can be an excellent choice if you have enough patience. Fresh out of the box, I feel that they are inferior to Partagas Shorts which remain my favorite short cheap smoke.