Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

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    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
    Price : ~$9/piece

    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 : [rating:4.5/5]
    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 : [rating:4/5]
    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 : [rating:4.5/5]
    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 : [rating:4.5/5]
    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 : [rating:4.5/5]
    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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    • mikeLu

      a stick from 2014, 1st third was a bit boring but very good for beginner.
      The flavour of cocoa, nutmeg, coffee and bit of spiciness (just nice) coming out on 2nd third.
      The last third ( approx 2 inches left) was dry, strong almond, woody, a bit of vanilla, medium spice, dark chocolate and some floral.

      overall a good cigar for short smoke.
      smoking time: 1 hours
      burning : not even on the 1st third, good on 2nd and last third.
      draw : medium (compare to monte no.2)
      i stop at the last inch due to heat n strong spice

    • dave b

      I love these, I could hang them on the Christmas tree, a very nice little smoke; year round.

    • yayawhoATyahoo

      this one just never fails to deliver, yesternight yet another lovely time with this ´small & lovely´

    • yayaWHO

      @ Nick – spot on with the LCDH note, even though I had (1 stick only) nowhere near ´nice´ Monte n2 last week from my local LCDH – taste ok, though (sadly only on the 2nd view on daylight @ home …) I found the construction rather ´strange´ …
      As I am rather new to cigars, I must admit that several years ago I was – gen. – only after RyJs thus have no idea on older ´issues´ of HDM PRs, DO like them nowadays though …

      Hope you have a better luck next time, regards for now

    • Nick

      @ yayaWHO,let us hope that the day when any LCDH will sell anything but genuine cubans will never come 🙂
      I have always been a fan of these petit robustos.I agree with you that the darker ones are great.
      Still the reason I come back to the petit robusto is because I feel that something has changed (not the wrapper colour) to their taste compared to those a few years ago.I now find them harsher although they are well kept and aged.I don’t know if it is just me, but I really miss the petit robusto I used to know 🙁
      Any comments from friends here?

    • Art

      In relation to the Hoyo petit it’s an amazing lil’ smoke. it does deliver sweet spice and a touch of floral thru retrohale. A very enjoyable CC.

    • yayaWHO

      just had one on SUN – just brilliant, for me as a semi-newbie (if that even does exist / i.e. some 5/6 years in cigars) one of the TOP 3 so far, right up there with TRINI Reyes & HDM Epicure N.2 (Monte N.2 just behind them …).

      I would call ´rich´ @ 1st call, very tasty & would rate it somewhere @ 88-90% of what a cigar shall be from my point of view / once might be near the 100%, though I haven´t tried that many so far to have the 95 to 100% space immediately full :-).

      Overall – VERY NICE CIGAR, whenever I have one (& def. will have one again for next Sun ´derby´ – for all of you who are into IT too 🙂 )!

      Never had even an average one …, so good these are!!!

      NOT last @ Nick´s Q from AUG/2014: actually, yes …, eventhough I ONLY buy them in LCDH. The last package of 3 included 2 with a darker wrapper then those I am used to … but hey: where else to buy the habanos then LCDH, I think they are among the most trustful places, if not on the very top … So I think the Petit Robustos actually WERE originals, they def. tasted excellent.

    • Raj Mahbubani

      Like how this cigar looks between fingers without the band..never lets down..right amount of sweet and spice.

    • Rocket

      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

    • Nick

      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 ?

    • robbo46

      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.

    • Mr. Trinidad

      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.

    • StevenSauce

      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

    • maarten

      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.

    • JJWong

      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.

    • DrFever

      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.

    • pmtv

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

    • B.I.G.

      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.

    • Aaron

      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.

    • Panoulis

      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…:-)

    • havanasmoke

      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.

    • Troop

      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.

    • RDI

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

    • k0mmissar

      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!

    • BenWah

      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.

    • RobustoCharles

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

    • Greg

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

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 4
Ring Gauge 50
Vitola Petit Robusto
Construction Hand Made