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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial Cigar - Cabinet of 50

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Description Ref # HO1703

Length: 5 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Light 
Packaging: Cabinet of 50 Cigars 

Vitola: Gordito 
Smoking Time: 45 Minutes

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

93 / 100

"...Smoking this cigar is like chewing on a luxurious caramel, as its sweetness is profoundly dense and elegant. Notes of coffee bean and chocolate-covered almonds add to its richness..."


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by Gavin on Sunday 02 August, 2020
New to the cigar world and am currently sampling a number of Cubans. This is by far the best cigar I’ve had so far into my journey, and the only one where I could actually taste the profile of the stick. A mild smoke that lasted 55 mins which is perfect for after dinner sat in the garden. To my untrained palate it tasted like chocolate from the off, and it was extremely smooth. Paired really well with a glass of Bumbu. Burned an absolute treat and I took it to within 3/4s of an inch of its life. 100% box-worthy.
by Austin on Monday 02 December, 2019
Ive tried a few of these now from various boxes and while they have certainly been pleasant cigars, I have found the blend to be thoroughly average and flat. Nothing Especial about these and in fact the regular Epicure 2s of late have often been exceptional - far more delicious and complex. I may have had very bad luck with these but I wouldnt bother spending the extra when the Epi 2s are much better. They may not be to the horrendous blending standards of pure marketing gimmicks like the Montecristo Open range, but still not worth the money.
by Ben on Friday 02 November, 2018
Best cigar in the Hoyo range and my favourite cigar, absolutely gorgeous. If you havent tried one of these sticks ask yourself why, you wont regret it.
by Matthew on Friday 02 March, 2018
Bought this beauty today!! I have ordered online, but I was passing through London today and fancied a stickso visited the shop. What a wonderful place!! The young lady was very helpful, and punched the cigar for me, and even gave me a good slug of whiskey, purely medicinal of course. The cigar toasted like a dream, great mouth feel, and nice light taste. Very fragrant, and subtle right to the end. I didn’t want it to end, but got a good 40 mins out of it as I strolled through a snowy London. This one is top of my list for my next order. Worth every penny, I can still smell it now!!
by Judah on Thursday 22 June, 2017
I bought one of these for a lunchtime smoke. It had been recommended to me by a friend who assured me I'd get through it in about 30-45 minutes. It took me just over 40 minutes to get down to the last inch, If I'd smoked a little more slowly, I think I'd have got nearly an hour out of it. I can honestly say that this really was creamy and went perfectly with an extra strong cappuccino. It got creamier in the 2nd third and then became a bit more sharp in the last third. In my opinion, they go great with a nice cup of coffee. I smoked it outside in a park and the ash held until it was about 1 1/2 inches. I'm definitely getting more of these.
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