Reviewed by Joe Gellman (11th July 2003)
Over the years, I have been asked what my favorite short smoke is. While it is often difficult to answer such emotionally filled questions, this is a snap, for me. The Hoyo Du Depute', for certain.
At 4 1/4 x 38, the HDD provides a superb smoke for those who do not have the time for a leisurely break. I have to warn the readers, however, that it is my opinion that the 50 cab of this cigar is the best flavored and best buy, although the 25 SLB is also a very fine smoke.
In the cabinet, the cigars were all very beautiful to the eye, all medium brown-claro, with occasional green spots about the leaf. A few of the cigars had soft spots, described by "Epicur's Guide to the Habano" as "somewhat spongier," but this did not affect the cigar's burn, draw, or flavor.
This particular vitola proves the adage that good things come in small packages. Without any question, this is not a cigar for beginners. The smoke is quite full bodied and can reveal a hint of harshness, though I really think it is this full flavor which makes me love this cigar.
This cigar is properly classified as a Trabuco, but I have always referred to it as a tres petit corona. Before lighting, the cigar has a sweet taste, on the edge of being cloyingly so. This dissipates almost immediately after lighting.
Since the cigar is "spongy" I like to keep the humidity down a bit as I enjoy my cigars a little firmer than most. I think this is the proper way to smoke this cigar, and if you do not agree well, OK.
From the get-go, this cigar is sweet with a rawness I did not expect from this additional line from Hoyo de Monterrey. I do not mean to demean this cigar, but, frankly, I suggest this not be the first option for the beginner, and a classic for the more refined smoker.
The draw is even and cool, sweet with a hint of acidity. If ever there was a cigar to blend perfectly with that first tasse of espresso, this is it. If you only have a short work break, this cigar will satisfy your nicotine Jones. Don't worry about the ash dropping in your tasse' latte, it is firm and has to be flicked off. (Not to be confused with those who keep telling Mitchell to "flick off.")