Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Hermosos No. 4

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)
Hand-Made
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: ★★★★★
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: ★★★★☆
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: ★★★★☆
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: ★★½☆☆
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)
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.