March 2, 2008
Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$250 for a box of 25
Epicure No. 2 is a nice robusto, known for its complex flavors. It’s one of the best selling cigars at my local tobacconist.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 is beautiful in appearance; it has a nice shade of brown. It was firm yet pliant under the pressure of my fingers. The pre-draw was very easy and incredibly earthy.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The draw was perfect: smoke comes through easily, with just that bit of resistance to give it more impact. Unfortunately, there are also some downsides. I found the cigar to have a very uneven burn and a flaky ash that didn’t really hold. A quick relight of the wrapper leaf kept the burn quite balanced, but it remained a problem from start to finish.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
After lighting, the cigar experiences a violent taste explosion, and you have to wait a while for the true flavour to come through. After about 1/8 of the length, the cigar starts mellowing out and the taste of smoke vanishes into the first tones of earth. After that, the earthy aroma gets stronger and the early power fades, making place for a balanced and pleasant palette of flavours. After about 1/4 of the cigar, the earthy scents suddenly get a welcome companion: a magnificent aroma of humus, reminiscent of raw mushrooms, the smell of autumn leaves fermenting on moist soil and fresh spring rain. For the remaining part of the cigar, these aromas go through a constant, gentle evolution, without ever changing much.
Value : [rating:4/5]
Definitely worth the money. If you’re a Robusto fan, you won’t be disappointed.
Overall Rating : [rating:overall/5]
There are many great qualities about the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2. If you’re after something earthy, look no further. When it is properly stored and aged, it will provide a reasonably rich smoke that delivers plenty of flavour without becoming overpowered.
September 13, 2013
So and I close my analysis to understand Hoyo de Monterey brand is better to smoke other vitolas in paricular the big ones like churchill. pyramydes and in particular double corona vitolas that can give full charcteristic for the long time of smoking all the peculiarity of this important cuban brand.
In my opinion Hoyo de Monterey Epicure n .2 is an atipycal cigar of the family of robustos. I try to explain a robustos cigar generally is a short large cigar with a 20-30 minutes of smoking, the most robustos are strong and with constan character often indipent from the characteristic of the brand. Other vitolas are more representative of a brand. In the case of Epicure n.2 we have a too mild robusto. Partagas, Montecristo, Punch, Rey del Mundo, Ramon Allones, Romeo y Julieta and other brand make “typical” robustos even if those brands have general characteristic very different one from the other. So that I think that to appreciate Hoyo de Monterey Epicure n.2 is not the correct cigar.
December 24, 2010
I had one yesterday with about four years on it and I must say, it was spot on. This has always been a very creamy smoke for me, but this one was very rich and tasty. Give them some time and you will be rewarded.
September 28, 2010
I bought 3 pieces at Istanbul duty free for 23 euro.Good final, wrapping perfect but really difficult burning a few times burnt out and caused drawing problem, when I was smoking this I felt that strength more like mild- average but at final made me a bit tipsy, body light medium ,scent something like woody sweet cocoa and spicy chocolate taste .This is one of the top 5 Robustos.
June 6, 2010
Bought one on your recommendation when I took a trip to Spain. Spot on! You are the go-to for us americans when traversing the Cuban cigar market.
Mahalo from Hawaii
February 16, 2009
Try it in the morning with a Coffee. Won’t leave you overpowered, but will leave you happy 😀
April 7, 2008
Great review and I have similar views to your interpretation of this robusto. Keep up the good work. Dave.
March 3, 2008
Sounds excellent! I can live with a quirky burn as long as the flavor delivers. Thanks for the heads-up!
March 2, 2008
I received one of these as a gift a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Very earthy, as you say, with a nice creamy texture. Fantastic aroma as well. A great experience, and a magnificent gift!
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