Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4

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    Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4

    Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
    Format : Corona Extra
    Size : 127 x 20 mm (5 x 48)
    Released in : 2015 (available in stores since the beginning of 2016)
    Price : ~$14+ each

    The Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4 is a new line of Cuban cigars released under the Añejados program run by Habanos S.A.

    What is the Añejados program? Cigars in this program have all been aged for five to eight years in their original packaging. At that point the packaging is opened and the cigars are checked for quality. Then the original band is placed back on the stogies and a second Añejados band is attached to each. The boxes are stamped with the word “revisado,” which means “checked.”

    As you probably have noticed, the Añejados cigars are quite expensive. Each Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4 will cost you at least $14. I picked mine on my recent trip to Amsterdam, in PGC Hajenius. Are these cigars worth the extra cost, or is this just a gimmick to sell excess stock (or even repackaged unsold regional editions)? Let’s try to find out.

    Appearance : [rating:5/5]
    Well, the appearance of the Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4 is pristine. The wrapper is a rich medium brown color with plenty of oil and only a few faint veins. The appearance is very smooth. The packaging with the extra band and the “revisado” stamp is of course very nice.

    Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4

    Construction : [rating:4/5]
    Overall, construction is great. The draw is neither too loose nor too tight, and the burn line was fairly even throughout the smoke. My only complaint is that this cigar does burn a little fast, and the entire experience lasted less than an hour. At the hefty price, I was hoping for more.

    Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4

    Flavor : [rating:4/5]
    The Anejado has the mellow flavors that you would expect from a cigar made out of aged tobacco, so I’d say that the ageing claim is true. Notes include natural tobacco, almond, walnut, and hints of sweetness. The Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4 doesn’t pack any surprises, but there is a fair bit of complexity balancing out the flavors. Now the question is, are these cigars better than, say, an aged Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2? I’m not sure.

    Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4

    Value : [rating:2.5/5]
    My big complaint with these cigars is the hefty price. The construction was good and the flavors were enjoyable, but is it worth the price tag? I have to agree with those who feel that this price is basically just a surcharge for adding an extra band and a stamp to the outside of the box. I would rather not pay so much just for fancy packaging.

    Overall Rating : [rating:3.75/5] (3.75)
    The Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4 has become the source of some controversy in the cigar smoking world. You will find an astonishing number of people commenting “These were amazing!” or “These were terrible!” with no backing evidence or details.

    I only smoked a couple of these, but my own experience definitely sat somewhere in the middle. This is not a terrible cigar; it is actually pretty good. But that being said, “pretty good” doesn’t measure up to a $14+ value for me. I was expecting a lot more from these. So I will not suggest that you shun or dismiss these Añejados as many others have—but I definitely wouldn’t go out and buy a box either.

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    • Michael

      Having picked up a box in Feb. 2018 (HDM H.No.4 Anejados), was disappointed after a month in the humidor, as they were very dry (crumbly tobacco after cap cut), burned terribly and the taste was off. After being in humidor 4+ months, they ‘rehydrated’ and the burn was now remarkable, as well as the taste and aroma improving incredibly. Having obtained these for a solid price (right at 260 GBP) I would not be inclined to purchase again, nor recommend to any friend. There are many cigars that are far better for the price, even if you have to wait for them to age a few years.
      The “Anejados” across the range, need to be price corrected, lest we see them continue to sit on Stockists shelves as they have tended to do…
      Would rate the varieties of ‘Anejados’ i’ve tried as Good to Very Good but certainly not Excellent, nor Outstanding, especially for the price. Some are well over 300 GBP.

    • Mustang500

      I just returned from Havana and picked up a box of HDM Anejados. They are fantastic. The price in old Havana is about $9 per stick which is expensive for cigars there but a great price overall. The wrapper is beautiful oily dark brown — like a Maduro. In fact, I toured the H. Upmann factory and watched the boxing of the new Partagas Maduros and the wrappers look identical. I find this cigar relatively strong and somewhat spicy. It has that wonderful creaminess found in great Cuban cigars. I am a big fan of this smoke.

    • Stephan

      I recently took a cruise I and purchased a couple of boxes of Good Cuban Cigars. I purchased one of these Hiya De Monterey’s and found it to be as close to perfection as possible. Beautifully rolled, wonderful color and the draw was consistent. While relaxing with a glass of scotch I was taken back with not only the flavor of the cigar but also the aroma of the massive amount of smoke. I would asked everyone to put this cigar on their must try list. I promise you will enjoy it.

    • Matt

      i think this cigar is a bit of a let down when you have the likes of the Epicure No 2 or even the Petit Robusto are finer smokes, especially given the price tag. I didn’t mind the cigar, it was good, but not amazing. i agree with review on this above. The cigar just seems to be missing something.
      The Partagas on the other hand, if it is treated like a Partagas and in relation to classic Partagas flavours is a let down. However, treated as a new cigar is rather enjoyable. still, is it worth the price? i don’t think so.
      My thinking is that perhaps the Anejados series were old vitolas which didn’t sell too well and were kept in their boxes for the purpose of being the Anejados line?

      • Gran Toro

        Unlikely, Matt.

        I am in Cuba (Cayo Coco), on my balcony, smoking a Juan Lopez No. 2 looking over the ocean. I picked this baby up at the LCDH on the resort. Which carries a box of Montecristo Churhill Anajedos boxed in 07. No Churchill existed at that time under this marquee as far as I know. Wish I knew how to post a pic to this reply. Though, I’d hate to make a BOTL jealous… 😉 Happy puffing brother!

    • Brian Wootton

      I have a box of Romeo y Julieta Piramides Anejados and I share a common feeling expressed by many, that they are nice cigars but I doubt I would pay the high price again. I get as much pleasure from other non Anejados cigars that cost less

    • Matthew

      I should have added that the negative reviews were of HdM Hermosos No 4 specifically. These Anejado series seems a bit overpriced in general, but I have enjoyed the Partagas Coronas Gordas…

    • Matthew

      Very helpful. I’ve heard mostly negative reviews.

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 5
Ring Gauge 48
Vitola Hermoso No. 4
Construction Hand Made