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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

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Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars
Origin:CubaManufactured: Hand Made
Weight:11,66 gr.Score:7.9
Presentation: Slide lid box of 25

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Review:

Completely hand-made with tobacco leaves coming from Vuelta Abajo, this Robusto cigar, with excellent burn, is the last product from Hoyo de Monterrey. With a smooth strength, it has an intense tobacco taste, blended with cocoa, cinnamon and dried fruits.

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Review #207: AUG 17 I'd not had an Epi 2 for years. The first few I tried around 17 years ago were so delicious, but over the years I ended up coming across more and more thoroughly average to very poor examples I almost forgot about them for a while. A lot of Havana cigars have improved enormously in recent years and the ones I've sampled from this box are beautiful. Cocoa powder coloured wrappers, a little "toothed" and rustic with a slight oily sheen in the light. Perfectly rolled and a lovely delicate Cuban tobacco aroma - light sweet wood and floral. Well packed but with a nice spring when pressed. A fair resistance on the draw but producing plenty of smoke with ease without causing it to burn too hot. Opened mild with a nice little black pepper spice and the gorgeous Hoyo flavours I remembered. Slightly sweet cream, floral and herbal with a subtle dusty cocoa quality. It developed slowly to medium bodied with a touch more exotic spice around half way and the creaminess intensified with occasional waves of chocolate, woodiness and coffee bean. Beautiful burn and didn't have a harsh edge to it until the last inch when it began to get a little hot. I am giving these 9/10 purely because they still require a few years good maturing, but they show all the signs of being really excellent after around 5 years, one to store. By then the flavours and complexity will have just increased a bit, the burn would become razor sharp and that back end would mellow out into a real finger-burner. Have a look for 2016-18 boxes and pick some with lovely chocolate wrappers and a beautiful box aroma. - Submitted by A. Dyer on March 4, 2019

Review #206: MAR 14 Well that was more like it! Sweet cream, subtle woods and a touch of light spice. I'm not looking for huge complexity from an Epi 2, I just want it to perform to a reasonable standard of the marque and thankfully this one did. Still very much in two minds about whether or not I'll be buying more though. - Submitted by Vortigan on May 18, 2018

Review #205: ---   As a beginner to cigar, the Epicure No. 2 is my first robusto. My stick has a rather easy draw and burns with long ash that is up to about a third of the length. The burn was not even and need some occasional touch up. This cigar is very smooth and creamy, with some hint of cream in the first third. Moving on the cigar gradually changed into more earthy and woody tones, but remained mild throughout. My last third became a bit intense and with some nicotine taste as I lost my rhythm in smoking and the cigar went out a few times. I just should have leave it rather than forcing to smoke till the end. The 90-minute smoke has been very pleasant and I might consider getting a box after sampling some more different cigars. - Submitted by barrychow on February 8, 2018

Review #204: OCT 13 I think this cigar is misunderstood. Not taking away from anyone's experience or opinion but this cigar is a top 5 robusto. This marca and cigar in particular is best enjoyed as a first cigar of the day or if after another cigar it needs to have been a mild one. After a big meal or something powerful on your plate this cigar will be a waste of smoking experience. Consistent construction a smoker will immediately get mild cocoa and leather especially on the retrohale. Is this a complex cigar? No, but it has tons of classic HdM flavor and I'd classify it is mild to medium bodied throughout the smoking experience. Best (like most well made cigars) smoked slowly (60-75 minutes) the Epi2 is a classic cigar. If you're going to compare it to other robustos then do so with the expectation to align to the brand's flavor profile. This is a finesses cigar and among its vitola siblings the Epi 2 is the best morning cigar or first cigar unless you are looking for strength and power. - Submitted by JGarofalo3 on November 29, 2017

Review #203: ---   For me, that's enough. 1 in every 2 HdM cigars is tasteless. Unbelievable - tried around 15 from very different sizes and boxes of origin and allways the same conclusion: it is a hit or miss. The problem is that, for the prize of 2 HdM you can get one COHIBA that never fails !!! I'm over with HdM. - Submitted by Heinrich on June 3, 2017

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