Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder and Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Price: Under $7.00 a piece
Behind The Stick:
In a seemingly new push from General Cigars, quite a few new mergers and cigar blends have hit the shelves, one of these new additions is the Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros which is spanish for ‘rested in cedar’ which you will see is a major overlying theme. A new process General Cigars has created is ‘inmersion’ which they have quoted saying in a press release –
â€œJust as fine wines and spirits are aged in wooden barrels to round out their taste, cigars that mature in cedar-lined aging rooms are known for smooth, balanced flavor, In taking this time-honored tradition to a new level, General Cigarâ€™s Honduran team created Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros, the companyâ€™s first collection to be created using an innovative new process called â€˜InmersiÃ³n.â€™â€
Due to this longer process as well as the announcement that these will be (of course) a limited release the price does not seem to have been inflated beyond reason. At roughly 7 bucks a pop, lets see how these fine cedar cigars smoke!
Wrapped in a triple band and adorned with a cedar sleeve, this dry, almost rough looking cigar just feels great in the hand. Just a little toothy with medium sized veins – I wouldn’t say this was a well refined looking wrapper but it was no where near as rough and bumpy as some of the the sticks found south of Miami. I also need to note – all the cigars I smoked were extremely firm – bordering on the point of where I questioned if they were going to be plugged or not.
If ‘rich tobacco’ were a type of flavor profile I could explain further I feel that would explain this cigar to the T. Black pepper and an unrefined wood flavor started this cigar off without a hitch, although not the most extreme of beginnings the spice was noticeable and enjoyable. Crossing into the bulk of the cigar this black pepper from before decided to take a back seat allowing the wood flavor the ability to define itself into a solid cedar flavor – almost overpowering cedar flavor to be honest. This profile of cedar with a light pepper in the background pretty much held solid throughout the entire cigar – occasionally some odd floral notes would come and go – nothing that was long lasting or anything I could pin down as ‘hey it was flower X’ but noticeable none the less.
Although this cigar has an excellent creamy feel to the smoke, a reasonable price point and very well constructed the flavor delivery just seemed to be lacking something. I don’t need every cigar I smoke to be one of the ‘most complex cigars ever’ but it would have been nice to have more than just a trio of flavors. Would I smoke this cigar again? Sure – would I go out and buy them at $7.00 a pop? Maybe a single just to have it in the humidor if the ‘mood strikes’ – but this isn’t going to be a box purchase for me any time soon.
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