Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey

Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey

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Wrapper: Esteli Habano Shade

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Pennsylvania Ligero, Nicaraguan Esteli, Nicaraguan Ometepe

Size: 5×54 Robusto

Price: $6.59

Acquired: Samples sent courtesy of General Cigar Co.

Smoking Conditions:  Sunny, approximately 80 degrees and humid.

April 1st of this year was the release date for the all new Hoyo.  The newly designed Hoyo features all new packaging from the boxes to the band and presents a new and tasty blend of tobaccos.  The new Hoyo line will be packaged in 20 count boxes and is available in four different sizes:

Gigante: 6×60

Toro: 6×50

Robusto: 5×54 Which we are smoking for review.

Rothschild 4 1/2 x 50

Looks:  The all new Hoyo presents a stark change from the classic Hoyo de Monterrey look.  The band of the new Hoyo cigar is jet black with chrome/silver lettering and design.  The band reads, “Hoyo” in a cross pattern.  The wrapper leaf is a cuban seed shade grown wrapper that is medium brown in color.  The leaf  has an oily sheen and has a slight bit of toothless to it.  The wrapper leaf has minimal veining and is finished off on top with a triple cap.

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Taste:  The Hoyo opened with a slight bit of pepper on the lips which softens quickly into flavor notes of nuts and leather.  About a quarter of the way in I am detecting notes of leather, slight pepper, and just a hint of cocoa.  Half way through the cigar, the prominent flavor notes are still that of leather, pepper, and cocoa.  There is an overall background nuttiness that is presented on my palate.  The cigar finishes with the previously mentioned flavors.

Burn:  I have struggled a bit with proper burn on this cigar.  I have smoked three and am currently smoking a fourth and all seem to require one to two touch ups to keep the cigar burning evenly.  I will note that these cigars are brand new and fresh.  The cigar that I smoked on first arrival in late March is not the same cigar I smoked today.  This cigar continues to improve with age and I am hoping that the burn quality will also continue to improve.

Buy it?  I believe the new Hoyo is definitely a cigar you should put on your “to try” list.  I am really excited to see what some age on these sticks will do.

 

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