July 09, 2011

Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros Sueno

Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros Sueno (5 1/4 x 54)

From General Cigar's website:

Wrapper:Ecuadoran Sumatra (Aged via Inmersion™)
Filler:Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Binder:Connecticut Broadleaf
Factory:Honduras American Tabaco S. A., Cofradia, Honduras
The History:
In 2010, General Cigar launched Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros at the IPCPR show, launching the world’s first cigar to use the new Inmersión™ process. This was the culmination of more than 2 years of research, pioneered by the factory workers at our HATSA facility in Honduras.
The Cigar:
After being masterfully handcrafted by Honduran artisans, each Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigar undergoes the Inmersión™ process and is left to rest for an extended period of time. Enveloped in fragrant cedar, the cigar matures to a complex, medium-bodied smoke with a uniquely spicy, rich taste.

Video review HERE.

The initial flavors are very evenly distributed; cinnamon, grapefruit, and almond. All are obvious and easily picked out but the are very even in taste. The pepper is a white pepper. The ash is almost white. The finish is average with vanilla notes.

After 1 1/2 inches the cigar is burning very even and has a very white ash. The cigar developed some richness with a vanilla and almond combination. The citrus notes are still there and the cinnamon has fallen off somewhat. The ash is very tight.

At the midpoint the primary flavors are a semi-sweet grapefruit citrus. The finish is long with a creamy vanilla flavor with some light almond notes. The citrus notes appear to be moving toward a rich flavor. The cinnamon is secondary and the vanilla and almond notes have all but disappeared at this point.

As I removed the band I noticed it was quite ornate.

At the end (final third) the cinnamon notes have come back to the forefront with a dash of richness. The almond notes are a close second. The finish remained the same.

All in all a good cigar but it lacks some of the points that I look for in a cigar.

Score: 87

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