Sunday, October 26, 2008

HOYO DE MONTERREY EPICURE No. 2




HOYO DE MONTERREY
EPICURE No. 2
ROBUSTO


Origin: Cuba

Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba



TASTING SHEET RESULTS



SIZE: 4 7/8x50
APPEARANCE: very good, moderately veiny, evenly colored colorado maduro wrapper, a bit wrinkly, but appears well constructed, the only flaw is a stain on the wrapper just above the band... looks like some sort of resin residue
CONSTRUCTION: very good to excellent: firmly applied wrapper and cap, firm, nicely filled bunch with fine give, good cap, tight seams all the way
DRAW: perfect
BURN: very good, tipical cuban
AROMA: excellent
FLAVOR: excellent
DOMINANT FLAVORS: chocolate, salt, leather, earth, caramel
AFTERTASTE: chocolate, salt, leather, earth
STRENGHT: moderate
SMOKING TIME: ~ 100 minutes
GENERAL IMPRESSION: excellent



CUT: Double guillotine
PRELIGHT: salt, leather, strong molasses
LIGHT: torch flame lighter, easily
BEVERAGE: coffee black



1/3:
Upon lighting, cigar immediately releases generous amount of thick chocolate with woody background in the thick waft of smoke. Initial puff reveals salty background. Light pepper on nose blow but very, very smooth. Tipical cuban burn, thick mascara with jagged burn line. Body in the mild to medium range. Medium gray ash flakes a bit. This cigar is pure delight. Divine aroma of honey and chocolate linger in the air. Nearing second third, body slowly picks up momentum, while smoke remains very cool and smooth.


2/3:
Flavors remain constant, chocolate still dominates while wood acts as a backdrop. Smooth pepper with salt on the nose persists. Medium salty finish. Ashing reveals no cone. Since I bought single, I am not aware of box code, so I dont know the age on this stick. The key word describing this smoke is smooth. The cigar performs admirably in all departments. Body still in the lower medium, but with rich, full flavor coating the palate on every puff. One could almost eat the thick chocolaty aroma of this stick. Bordering on the final third, hints of vanilla mingle with wood in the background. Finish at this point turns to heavy wood, while salt lessens a notch of two.

3/3:
This majestic symphony of flavors continues. Heavier pepper is evident on the nose blow.


NUB:
The body of the cigar is turning soft, while flavors start heading toward bitter territory, but with chocolate coating still present. Finish is longer with heavy charred wood notes, while ash is turning darker and flakes more. Ash is not compact, much like thru the most of the smoke. No cones were revealed upon ashings. Body settles in solid medium. No tar build-up. Once I finished this smoke, I noticed that my fingers smelled fantastic... like warm, rich mixture of freshly ground coffee and sweet cocoa.
I love this cigar. It really shines in all possible directions and I will definitely smoke more in the future.

3 comments:

hesslei said...

some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap". Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with a either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water.

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Martin said...

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 is beautiful in appearance; it has a nice shade of brown. It was firm yet pliant under the pressure of my fingers. The pre-draw was very easy and incredibly earthy.The draw was perfect: smoke comes through easily, with just that bit of resistance to give it more impact. Unfortunately, there are also some downsides. I found the cigar to have a very uneven burn and a flaky ash that didn’t really hold. A quick relight of the wrapper leaf kept the burn quite balanced, but it remained a problem from start to finish.I buy my cigars from online Cigar Shop.

Cigar Smoker said...

Thanks a lot for this review!
I see, that you really had a good stick for your review. The burn was straight, a curiosity with cuban cigars... ;-) I personally love this cigar, I have 2 boxes in my humidor. (By the way, it is an adorini Aficionado Deluxe I bought from HumidorDiscount.com. This is a hell of a humidor! :-Þ)
For people who like a little more strength in the cigar I recommend the Le Hoyo series from Hoyo de monterrey.
Smoke on...