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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 1 Cigar - 1 Single

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Description Ref # HO1001

Length: 5 5/8"
Ring Gauge: 46 
Strength: Light
Packaging: 1 Single Cigar 

Vitola: Coronas Gordas
Smoking Time: 35 - 45 Minutes 
Other Cigars in this Vitola:
Cohiba Siglo IV
Romeo y Julieta Exhibition No. 3
H. Upmann Magnum 46
Punch Punch
Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1

Hoyo de Monterrey owes its origin to the town of San Juan y Martinez, which lies at the heart of the Vuelta Abajo zone. Here the Hoyo de Monterrey plantation, one of the great Vegas de Primera, can be reached through a gate on the town's main square inscribed "Hoyo de Monterrey. Jose Gener. 1960."

"Hoyo" literally means "hole" and in this case describes the low-lying position of the plantation on the fertile banks of San Juan y Martinez river.  Jose Gener, a Spaniard from Tarragona, first used the name of his vega on a brand of Habanos in 1865. 

The flavour of Hoyo de Monterrey's blend makes it an attractive choice for those who seek a delicate yet aromatic Habano that is lighter to the taste but with great elegance and complexity. 

Hoyo de Monterrey was the first brand to introduce a Petit Robusto in 2005, the 50 ring gauge size with a shorter length to suit those who like thicker formats, but do not always have the time to enjoy them.

Tasting Notes

This is a medium bodied cigar, it has an even burn with a very nice draw. It also has lots of earthly flavors, like hazelnut and coffee. A wonderful afternoon smoke.


91 / 100

"...Initial puffs of this tawny-coloured cigar are nutty and floral with clear notes of baking spices. The smoke becomes salty before showing its caramel sweetness..."


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by Simon on Wednesday 17 May, 2017
I have always loved the Hoyo de Monterrey cigars, a smooth complex flavour, relatively mild and never harsh. I think I prefer the Epicure No.2 to the No.1 as to me it seems to be totally effortless in is presentation of its flavours. However, this cigar is a truly wonderful smoke, that gives a rich and creamy draw right to the end. The construction is superb and its draw is truly a pleasure. Burn was very even, with hints of spice and nut underpinned with a slightly sweet and possibly even fruit finish. I will definitely have a couple on hand in the humidor at all times, as this is a really wonderful smoke.
by Staff on Friday 03 June, 2016
Reviewed by Austin Dyer I have smoked a good few of these lovely cigars so I thought I should review one. I spent a nice relaxing afternoon off after my morning run in the noodle bar of a very good Teriyaki restaurant in Liverpool city centre. After a delicious lunch of duck noodles and sake I ordered a coffee and a cigar ash tray then took out my Epicure #1 and clipped the cap. It is one of those cigars I really look forward to, especially as it was a 2002 production from a very good box. The pre-light aroma was classic, first class Hoyo de Monterrey; sweet floral and vanilla tobacco scents. The cigar was very well rolled as usual, looks good enough to eat, soft to the touch and dressed in a nice dark chocolate wrapper. Once I put flame to leaf and got a nice even burn going the flavours oozed out and made my mouth water, started off fairly mellow and mild, a nice amount of spice to it, tickling my nose then it eased its way to a firm medium flavour and body and losing some of the spice to become creamier. Floral, cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, very complex and delicious. These various flavours are present during most of the smoke with some only appearing now and then, teasing your taste buds. The burn was a tad un-even but never caused any real problems, only having to touch it up once and with no affect to the flavour whatsoever. As it burnt down to the nub a touch of coffee and earthy tobacco flavours came to the fore, though soon becoming hot and tarry, then as it reached a very respectable 3/4 of an inch I decided it was time for it to burn out in the ash tray. These are one of my top 5 cigars and I always save them for a day when I have plenty of time on my hands, after a nice lunch preferably. Very creamy and smooth, unlike the Epicure #2 which is much spicier. Personally I prefer it over the Epi 2. When they are good they are really good, and they age beautifully, however there have been some bad batches so you have to know what you are buying. An outstanding smoke! Construction: 25/25 Smoking Characteristics: 22/25 Flavour: 25/25 Overall opinion: 24/25 Total: 96/100! Ok, I definately see that there is a trend in these entries towards setting up the review of the cigar with "where you were and what you were eating". Thats all well and good and may set the mood a bit...but lets get to the "stick". The remaining 75% of the review was more informative and started to perk me up. Sounds like a good smoke to me! Score: 7/10 Reviewed by: Greg Bos, Southern California Great work here. Concise and explicit about flavors, all the while honest about being a real fan. Development of flavors was given a nice treatment; the reader has a full sense of how things tasted and how the transition between 1/3 segments evolved. Very nicely done! Score: 8/10 Reviewed by: John Drabinski This happens to be one of my favourite cigars and a great smoke. I thought the flavour description was good, but have never noted a "floral" present in this wonderful smoke. This is an earthy, meaty cigar best enjoyed in the evening after a great meal. Score: 8/10 Reviewed by Joe Mazloom OVERALL SCORE: 23/30
by Staff on Sunday 22 June, 2014
I tend to smoke more full bodied cigars than this, but I really enjoy them for morning smokes. A nice easy draw provides copious amounts of thick but mild smoke. Beautifully crisp flavours of sweet honey and hazelnut remain consistent throughout, with just a touch of spice when exhaled through the nose. The finish is extremely clean, making this a perfect first smoke of the day. -Calum, Turmeaus Chester.
by Peter on Thursday 21 November, 2013
It is better to buy one decent cigar than five cheap, A cheap cigar you don't enjoy is a total waste of money, A dearer cigar you enjoy is a memorable experience, The Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No.1 ticks all the boxes fabulous build quality, excellent draw, flavour from first lighting, medium strength throughout, great aroma, tastes of wood, fruit and spice this cigar has it all, personally I prefer this to the Epi No.2 which is also an excellent cigar.
by Peter on Saturday 11 May, 2013
My first review of my first Hoyo Epicure No.1 Great looking cigar with double banding and very good construction minimum veining and very smooth The draw is excellent with tastes of fruit and malt in first and second thirds with spice coming in for the final third Burn was good with a nice aroma and lasted 1 1/2 hours To sum up the Hoyo Epicure No 1 Construction: excellent Draw: excellent Strength: medium throughout Taste: fruity, malt for first and second thirds then with added cool spice for the final third Burn: good Aroma: nice Overall: this is a fabulous cigar which in my opinion is better than the Epicure No.2 and well worth getting these in your humidor Score: I score these 93/100 Like a milder fruitier D4 will definitely be getting more of thes
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