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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

Average user rating

Review #71: Too many plugged ones, aside that it's a balanced cigar, good burn... but always tight. - Submitted by pbitar on February 23, 2006

Review #70: I wrote a brief review not long ago (#67) and I stand by what I said. The problem I have been encountering with them however is that I find myself feeling nervous everytime I come to light one up...Why?? Because I never know if it'll be so plugged up it's impossible to smoke. I live in Montreal Canada where this smoke runs about $27 CDN. I'm far from rich, so I can olny limit myself to 3-4 Cigars per week. As such, I truly treasure those moments. When I get one of these duds It just ruins it for me.... I've been hearing that Quality Control has been on the rise in Cuba.... I REALLY hope so because these are little treasures. - Submitted by newbie on February 5, 2006

Review #69: I've had an Epicure No. 2 tonight, as my first Hoyo de Monterrey. I was looking for a musty, earthy cigar and definitely got what I wanted. Drawing from the unlighted cigar doesn't reveal much about the taste yet, and the smell is the typical, floral scent of quality Cuban tobacco. After lighting, the cigar experiences a violent taste explosion, and you have to wait a while for the true flavour to come through. After about 1/8 of the length, the cigar starts mellowing out and the taste of smoke vanishes into the first tones of earth. After that, the earthy aroma gets stronger and the early power fades, making place for a balanced and pleasant palette of flavours. After about 1/4 of the cigar, the earthy scents suddenly get a welcome companion: a magnificent aroma of humus, reminiscent of raw mushrooms, the smell of autumn leaves fermenting on moist soil and fresh spring rain. For the remaining part of the cigar, these aromas go through a constant, gentle evolution, without ever changing much. There are many great qualities about this cigar. If you're after something earthy, look no further. When it is properly stored and aged, it will provide a reasonably rich smoke that delivers plenty of flavour without becoming overpowered. The draw is also perfect: smoke comes through easily, with just that bit of resistance to give it more impact. Unfortunately, there's also some downsides. I found the cigar to have a very uneven burn. A quick relight of the wrapper leaf kept it balanced, but it remained a problem from start to finish. It might have been this specific cigar or the way I fired it up, but it didn't balance itself out. Because of this there was also some tunneling, but not to the point of ruining the cigar. If you do some balancing with a lighter it will taste perfect from start to finish. The flavour is perfect for someone who wishes to savour a cigar that seems to capture the spirit of autumn itself, but despite some evolution, you might get slightly tired of it near the end of the smoking time. Good thing it's a robusto then. The total smoking time was near an hour, with the turning point at 50 minutes. It is medium-bodied, with a full, mellow taste. Overall, I'd say it deserves a 7 out of 10. It loses some points on burning quality, and the fact that I probably wouldn't smoke these twice in two weeks as it delivers its flavour to the fullest and you can get enough of it quite soon. - Submitted by Nekotaku on January 18, 2006

Review #68: I started on the Epicure #2 5 years ago, and loved them for their sweet, chocolatey and mild woody notes. A good balance and a robusto perfect for those still new to Cubans. However, I stopped 3 years ago after being disappointed 4 out of 5 times. Wrappers became very light, construction uneven, and at times the wrappers had light shades of green! Terrible draw, bitter at times, and herbaceous! Nothing like the #2s I had previously. I had one 4 days ago, looked very promising since it had a nice oily tan wrapper, and construction appeared very good, firm but springy. But I was terribly disappointed again. This was not from a fresh box, at least a year old, plus I had it in the humidor for a week before smoking it. Draw was tight, hardly any smoke and it was even bitter and herbaceous. Inexplicable, given all initial appearances. - Submitted by mel on January 5, 2006

Review #67: I believe reviewer #57 sums up this cigar with " There is a nutty richness to this cigar which I just can\'t get enough of. " A medium bodied smoke with just that. I love it ! - Submitted by newbie on December 18, 2005

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