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  1. Yiorgos
    October 7, 2015
    My review of the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

    The Epicure No.2 is one of the most popular vitolas of Hoyo de Monterrey and one of the most popular Robustos in the market. It happens to be one of my favourite cigars too, but it can be very inconsistent. When you smoke a good Epicure #2, not many cigars can be compared to it. However, you have to go through quite a few until you get that good one. Those few can be very bland in taste or very poorly constructed. The latter productions seems to have brought back the high standards of this robusto, that seemed to have gone in the 2003-2006 productions.

    The cigar I smoked is a young release (2014). It has a cinnamon/brown wrapper with a few light veins and some wrinkles. It is smooth to touch and a little oily. It is generally spongy, with a few harder spots, and strong aromas of earth are present on the foot. The prelight draw is good, slightly on the looser side.

    Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

    The initial burst has a strong earthy flavour, full body and plenty of spice. It takes no more than a few puffs for the cigar to mellow and become more balanced. The spiciness is gone, being replaced by vegetal and sweet floral flavours, still trailing the earthy profile of the cigar. The Epicure gets sweeter as you smoke though the second third, with flavours of leather, honey and cocoa, and a long creamy finish – definately its sweetspot! On the last third the body gets fuller and the cigar gets slightly hot, with most of the flavours in the array of the second third being muted. No need for burnt fingertips!

    The cigar has a slightly loose draw from the very beginning, that remains consistent all the way through, and produces clouds of smoke. The burn is mostly even, but seems to be changing in those couple of hard spots in the cigar, where the burn gets slower and the flavour smokier. The ash has a thin texture and does not reach more than an inch in length.

    After taking a few puffs, I realised I was lucky enough to hit one of the better Epicure #2′s. Although it didn’t knock my socks off, its medium body and the sweet earthy flavours made it very enjoyable. Not the best Epi I have had, but still good enough to score 90 points. If it wasn’t for the loose bunch, it could have scored a couple more points.

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  2. Mike L
    October 9, 2015

    Even as a relatively inexpensive Cuban, I prefer a good Nicaraguan to the current Epicure’s.

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  3. Arnold
    October 9, 2015

    Never tried it but look forward to

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  4. Minas
    October 9, 2015

    I have mixed feelings about the Epicure #2 only because I have had a few with a strong ammonia taste throughout the first third. Not always but on occasion. Other times it has been very pleasant throughout the whole smoke. I wonder if this is due to an ongoing fermentation process due to high humidity of my humidor. I have experienced similar tastes with Partagas Magnum 50s.

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  5. The Revered
    October 9, 2015

    Hoyo Epicures # 2 have been my choice of smoke for the past several decades. No matter what else I choose to smoke I always seem to return to them. Always satisfying and never a disappointment. They go excellently well with the peatiest Scotches.

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  6. dave b
    October 9, 2015

    I have been a big fan of the Hoyo Short Corona’s, never had a problem, wonderful smoke and affordable.

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  7. Charlie H.
    October 10, 2015

    I cant believe this still had “tannis” notes with 10 years of age…one of the reasons why I dont smoke Cubans too often, the need so much humidor time you really have to be patient and even then the cigars might not be worth the wait…I agree with Mike L, I’d rather smoke a Nicaraguan and be guaranteed of a great smoke. Thanks for the review.

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