A couple weeks ago I received a request to review Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros. I’ve been meaning to try this new addition to the HdM stable, so I agreed. Without further ado....
I’ve selected the Sueno size. A 5.25”x54 Robusto. At first glance, nothing about this cigar reminds me of Hoyo de Monterrey. In my mind, this is a shame. HdM is an old, old brand with a ton of history and tradition. I feel none of that looking at this cigar. No familiar colors, no familiar art, and the Hoyo de Monterrey name is difficult to find at first glance despite being printed right at the top. I’m a sucker for a good story, and the romanctic picture this powerful brand name paints is not being portrayed here.
However, I do like the cedar sleeve! I’m also a sucker for bells and whistles....as long as the cigar is good.
The cedar sleeve has been removed and I’m looking at the wrapper. It’s thick and leathery with a marbleized color that’s mostly chestnut-brown. The pre-light aroma consists of cedar, likely a direct influence of the cedar sleeve. The cigar is firmly rolled, free of soft spots, and feels very heavy in the hand.
As for the flavor....well, there’s not much to say. The cigar is very smooth and balanced, but pretty cut and dry. Like most HdM sticks, there is no evolution of flavor. No twists or turns. Just a consistent flavor from start to finish, which is likely why so many folks enjoy them. They know exactly what they’re going to get with every puff, every time they pick up a Hoyo de Monterrey. This is what I got: a soft, somewhat creamy bouquet with a sweet, cedary finish. The aroma is toasty and woodsy with a hint of zest....a black pepper note. This remains true for the entire burn....with the addition of a minty influence from time to time. A very odd influence. Maybe my palate is off, but to me there is no doubt a trace of mint that hits my palate now and then, and lingers long whenever I notice it. That part is not for me.
Construction-wise it's great, what you would expect from a HdM. A well-rolled cigar that burns slow, cool, and even with a good draw. The cigar pumps out a generous amount of smoke with every third draw. I draw in threes....two short draws then one, long, exaggerated draw, allowing the smoke to roll around my palate a bit before slowly exhaling – always saving a little for the nose.
Now it’s time to rate the cigar. The flavor thing stands out in my mind. That minty note! Like I said, it’s not for me. Had the cigar been consistent in cedar and toast, it may have scored slightly higher despite being one dimensional and uneventful. But, I just can’t get past the mint. Weird!