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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

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Review #211: Age unknown, but probably quite young. 6 weeks rest in humidor. Fantastic first half. Very easy draw, lovely taste. Cinnamon, various citrus notes among others. Very elegant and light. Great aroma and smoke. Burn bit wonky but nothing disastrous. Then it slowly transitions into something I've experienced with all my Hoyos. They get mushy and combustion gets problematic. Hard to keep going and impossible to not smoke hot. Balance and appeal partially replaced by a shrill taste. After a while even relighting can be troublesome, and somewhere in the final third it's essentially over depending on how stubborn you are. - Submitted by Quale on July 22, 2019

Review #210: NOV 18 Initial flavors of subtle cedar with similar flavors to a classic Ashton. Very tasty very mild welcoming flavor which I like. Draw issues from the start a little bit tight for 50 ring gauge. I really like the white and red band label. Draw opens up after the first inch but still a little suppressed. Nice even burn. Flavors strengthen a bit. Flavors of cedar wood, hay, a tiny bit of pepper and vanilla. Light smoke is building a little more substance, solid construction and pretty light brown wrapper. Smoke is building as it burns down with pleasant cedar, pepper, and light vanilla/leather flavors come out. I like it besides the inconsistent draw issues. Nothing robust or bold/overwhelming here just a pleasant light/medium bodied smoke which I like. 2nd half of the cigar picks up in strength and smoke gets thicker and spicier. Still solid cedar and vanilla flavors. Burn issues towards the end that needed a couple relights. 7/10 due to draw issues which took away from overall experience, may try the epicure #1 next for a 2nd chance. - Submitted by smitte3 on June 2, 2019

Review #209: MAR 14 What a difference a year makes! I don't know if it was just this individual sample or if these cigars in general have taken the huge leap forward that they seemed to on today's evidence. Who knows, perhaps it was a change in me of some kind, we rarely consider that. All that said, what a joy it was to smoke this cigar today. Such a delicately floral aroma in the room and an absolute kaleidoscope of flavours incorporated in two or three wonderful transitions. Started out very light with flavours of sweet cream, vanilla and sweet spice, very delicately nuanced smoke. We moved into a medium bodied smoke that was much more viscous in the second third that brought very distinct flavours of digestive biscuit, cereals and a sweet cedar still underpinned with a soft vanilla. Moving towards the close it became a full/medium bodied smoke, very chewy and dense. Toasted tobacco on the draw, a much heavier woody flavour and a bitter, dark chocolate replacing the vanilla in the background. This was a 94/95 in my book! I hope the rest this box continues on in this apparent upward trajectory. - Submitted by Vortigan on May 6, 2019

Review #208: Good looking cigar light coloured wrapper and smooth skin. Lights and draws well. Good aroma but very light palate. Uneven burn let me to chuck it before getting to the band - Submitted by Neilito on May 1, 2019

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

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