Hoyo De Monterrey Le Hoyo Du Député

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Vitola de Galera:  Trabuco
Vitola de Salida:  Le Hoyo Du Député
Shape: Parejo
Body: Round
Dimensions:  38 RG /  4 3/8 inches
Presentation: Slide lid box / 25’s
Vintage:  Dec 2012 / ROL
Age When Tasted:  2 yrs, 1 month

Of all the brands of Cuban cigars in my inventory, I have more vitolas from Hoyo De Monterrey than any other brand.

Why?

Accessibility, great taste without an inordinate amount of aging required for most vitolas, subtlety, elegance…the list goes on.

And what got me hooked was the Le Hoyo Series.

There’s a lot to like about them.

All Le Hoyo’s are all packaged in cabinets, the formats are all  relatively unusual, they sport a wonderful woodiness and depth, they age extremely well, and they are the perfect counterpoint to the rest of the Hoyo De Monterrey range.

Of the series, my favorite is the Le Hoyo des Dieux.  Heaven is a des Dieux from a well aged cabinet of 50.  If I was ever forced to choose ONE cigar to take with me to a desert island, I would not hesitate to take a des Dieux with 10+ years of age on it.

But I also really enjoy the  Du Député.

The Du Député is trabuco, a size that only one other brand currently produces (the Montecristo Open Junior) which makes it kinda special.  Feels really nice in the hand.  Small but substantive even though it is only a 38 RG.  I love the little slide lid box and the aroma when you peel back the white wax paper to unveil the banded bundle.

Wood..minerality…and more wood.  It just has that Du Député scent which is a little hard to explain.  I can’t really recall any cigar having the same unique aroma.  It smells a bit like fresh oysters grilled over cedar chips.

I just lit one up, and initial impressions dovetail exactly with previous experiences with this cigar.  Read WOOD.

The wrapper is especially rustic—a bit veiny and it is a rich deep colorado.  The draw is really nice. The cigar seems well packed–not too firm, not too loose.

I wish I had a glass of wine with this vitola–I am stuck with sparkling water, but a perfect pairing is a non-oaked chardonnay.  You don’t need to throw more wood in to the mix the Du Député–its got it covered.

So far so…

Uh oh.

Getting a bit of an uneven burn now.  It is burning like the ligero is further to the outside and not centered like it should be–maybe the roller bunched it incorrectly?

The taste is fine but the burn is a little unsettling.

One word of caution– this particular cigar is a bit unruly if not attended to properly when smoked.

You must go slow…take your time…roll the cigar…contemplate it.

The wood builds…gets more concentrated…and I have to really pace myself so as not to overheat it.  Sometimes with small cigars, I have the habit of not finessing them as much as I should—maybe because they are shorter in length,  I am less leisurely about it?   Probably.

This cigar is just over 2 years in the box, and I don’t think they are nearly ready.  I like the wood, but it is just a little intense–and the small ring gauge seems to concentrate it a bit too much.  I have a cabinet of these that is 5 + years old, and a recent tasting had me swooning.

All finished–and the bummer is that the ash is like an atom bomb!  I think the roller got it all wrong and just wasn’t paying attention.

I’ll let these guys sleep for another few years before I try another from this box.

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