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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial Tubed Cigar - Pack of 3

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Description Ref # HO1702

Length: 5 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Light

Packaging: Pack of 3 Tubed
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. 

The brand is renowned for its Double Corona and for the prestigious Epicure series, the No.1 and No.2, to which the longer Epicure Especial was added in 2008. There is also a range of vitolas known as the Le Hoyo Series. These are generally accepted to be slightly stronger and spicier than the brand’s classic range.

All sizes are ‘tripalarga, totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade using filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo tobacco zone.


Introduced as the top of the Epicure line in 2008, this extra-length Robusto delivers the classic light-flavoured elegance of the Epicure No. 2 for an additional five eighths of an inch.

Tasting Notes

87 / 100

"Mild and woody overall with faint nuttiness, a floral note and a dried herb finish. The draw was a bit firm, the burn, even..."


Pack of 3
Ring Gauge
5.5000000000 inches
Smoke Time
45 minutes
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by Matthew on Wednesday 26 July, 2023
Looks like I also got a dud. This was the genuinely the worst cigar Ive had and proved un-smokeable. It had a strange mix of consistencies on touch before lifting. Once lit, it canoed badly, with the ash inside looking pitted and abnormal. The draw was next to impossible. The taste was terrible and I wasnt too upset when it went out for the second time in five minutes. I disassembled it and found the binder covered with greenish spots - nasty. I have to assume this had some diseased leaf, but I wont be rushing back to try another. If I could feel it wasnt right before lighting, so should the maker.
by Paul on Friday 13 August, 2021
Mixed feelings on this, started off well, nice and light creamy cigar, was getting lots of smoke but then started burn unevenly and then kept on going out, I was drawing regularly every 30secs or so but frustratingly kept going out, not sure if it was poor draw but I’ve found in the past if I keep drawing too quickly then it just makes you feel sick and ruins the experience of a nice cigar, maybe one to age in the humidor for a while before smoking
by Liam on Wednesday 07 July, 2021
Well what can I say… first of all I’m far from a connoisseur of cigars, I like what I like and enjoy sampling various cigars… Partagas is my favourite Cuban; tonight I fancied something different so I took this stick out of my humidor expectations wasn’t high as I know through reviews online this is a weak or light strength cigar… my mind was taken back by the perfect draw and rich Cuban flavours seeping through onto my taste buds… When people say cigars create a spiritual moment this cigar definitely did this for me. I can’t comment on the flavours because words wouldn’t do it justice… I fully endorse this cigar
by Kevin on Sunday 18 October, 2020
Im a regular customer with CGars Ltd and generally speaking, most cigars I buy from you are in good condition and ready to smoke. However this Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial is by the far the worst cigar Ive ever had. The cigar felt dry and hard from the outset, so I placed it in my humidor for about 7 weeks @ 68% humidity, hoping its condition would improve, unfortunately for me it did not. I tried lighting it, but it did not draw at all. I tried cutting in half thinking the end might be plugged, but still it would not light. Well thats £24 down the drain - I wish I could have said it went up in smoke. My advice is best avoid this one.
by Abraham on Friday 11 September, 2020
One of my favorites; has a similar mild, creamy profile to the Epicure No 2, but lasts longer. Highly recommend it.
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