Having heard good things about the Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No 2, I decided it was time to give it a go. The first thing to note about this cigar is its appearance on the eye. From the rich warm colour of the wrapper, to the bold double band printed in red, gold and white, this cigar seemingly oozes real quality. The feel of the cigar is compact without being too rigid, which should hopefully allow for a good draw. Finished with a tidy double cap, simply holding this cigar makes me feel more elegant.
Upon lighting, the first few draws bring with it a smooth creamy taste, with hints of wood and chocolate. As I progress, the burn is excellent, with delicate white spots visible in the ash. The draw is good also.
Into the second third of the cigar, the smoothness remains, however a hint of cinnamon begins to emerge, along with further intensified flavours of chocolate and wood. The burn remains excellent at about thirty minutes into this medium bodied cigar.
Flavours remain similar into the final third of the cigar, with a smooth creamy taste, complimented by subtle hints of tobacco and even leather. The burn throughout is fantastic, although removing the bands in one piece proved difficult, something that will prove annoying to anyone like myself who likes to collect these.
In summary, I was certainly impressed by this cigar and consider it a valuable asset to my humidor. Flavours remain consistent throughout; however strength can vary slightly, which is not necessarily a bad thing. For me, this would remain as a cigar for better occasions, in the company of friends and family, as opposed to an evening smoke by myself.
If you are looking for a good Cuban cigar which is reasonably priced, yet quality in terms of appearance and taste, then this cigar is well worth your time.
A very mild, easy smoke from start to finish. Slight taste of coffee in the second third, last third add a bit of pepper into the mix. Paired nicely with a few measures of Jura.
For Simon, I think you will find this Robusto cigar may fit your requirements, 50RG suburb looking with the double banding, a good draw and medium strength with notes of fruit and spice through out, I would also recommend the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill 55RG a very decadent looking cigar with a suburb draw again medium strength with notes of caramel, fruit and spice both are truly outstanding cigars.
A Tight draw is a consequence of the individual cigar roller and not the cigar it's self, any hand made cigar whether Cuban or Non Cuban can have a tight draw especially if the roller is inexperienced and the sad fact is that buying several single cigars especially at the same time will usually come from the same box and same roller so every body takes the same risk and the only indication your cigar may have a hard draw is feeling hard spots or knots especially around the band and cap area.
HOW TO DEAL WITH A PLUGGED HARD TO DRAW CIGAR, When the cigar wrapper is applied starting at the foot and ending at the cap the wrapper is twisted like an old fashioned sweet wrapper, cut then pushed into the end to form a flat surface for the cap to be applied, if too much of twisted wrapper is pushed into the head of the cigar it can become plugged, SO HOW TO REDUCE / ELIMINATE HARD DRAW (1) Try rolling the head and band area between your thumb and four finger for about 30 seconds this may loosen the the plugged tobacco (2)Cut the cigar again further down the cap but above the cap rim (3)If (1) or (2) don't work get a needle (I use a terry nappy safety pin) and gently penetrate several holes to about 3/4 the length of the needle in the head parallel with the cigar. MAKE SURE YOUR CIGAR CUTTER IS SHARP so that it cuts the tobacco and not compresses it and KEEP YOUR CIGARS AT BETWEEN 65 to 70% HUMIDITY IN YOUR HUMIDOR.
I have enjoyed this fine cigar for many years and now reading this weekends supplements find it is also the favourite of Sir Terence Conran. As the story goes he smokes 4 per day - I wish I had the time (and money) to do the same. Great Cigar for anytime of the day or night.
written by Graeme Walters