Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2

hoyo de monterrey epicure no 2

 

Vitola de Galera:  Robusto
Vitola de Salida:  Robusto
Shape: Parejo
Body: Round
Dimensions:  50 RG /  4 7/8 inches
Presentation: Dress Box/ 25
Vintage:  Feb 2014/ UME
Age When Tasted:  2 yrs

 

SUMMARY

Strength: 7
Touch:  
Firm
Color:   Colorado Maduro
Draw:  Excellent
Burn: 
Not so great on this particular vitola
Progression:  2 phases
Finish:  Long, persistent
Smoking duration:  1 1/2 hours

 

AROMAS

Pre-Light:
Wrapper is incredibly tangy, nuts, chocolate, coffee
First Third:
Tanginess, bitersweet, sweet spice, cacao
Second Third: 
Spice, tangy, leather, chocolate
Last Third: 
More tang!  Orange, burnt caramel

FLAVORS

Bittersweet, asian cuisine, chocolate, peanut, charred wood barrel, pepper, salt, mineral

ENJOYMENT 

To keep things simple, I sampled it with a glass of water, but I can see it being perfect following an asian meal due to the tanginess which would be very complimentary.


EXPERIENCE

First impression?

I’m blown away by the tanginess of the wrapper and the way it totally influences the smoking experience.

Reminds me a bit of the tanginess of a Romeo y Julieta Cazadores, that’s about a 6 on the tanginess scale, this one’s about a 9.

The flavor profile is on the opposite end of the spectrum of the entire range of Hoyo De Monterrey–including the Le Hoyo series.

Tangy. Meaty. Robust.

As mentioned above, the burn is off–a bit of a bummer–in addition to the ligero being off center which gives it an angular burn, it also keeps going out.  Almost as if the roller used too much seco and not enough volado.

As I progressed through the cigar, the rich smoke was very satisfying and the aforementioned tanginess really caught my attention.

I sampled this at 2 yrs of age but I don’t plan on touching the rest of the box for at least a couple more years.  Interested to see if it will mitigate the incredible tanginess and also balance out the flavors.

 

 

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