Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Cigar Info

General Cigar Company will debut Edición de Cumpleaños 150, the first and only cigar to feature a proprietary Shade wrapper tobacco, the first ever grown in Esteli.

Edición de Cumpleaños 150 is a 6” x 54 box-pressed offering handcrafted in . The blend features a classic Ecuadoran binder and a spicy combination of Nicaraguan filler leaves representing the best of the country’s tobacco growing regions. The cigar is a study in contrasts, with a hearty, well-oiled leaf that burns to a strong, yet sweet smoke for an unparalleled taste experience.

To celebrate the heritage brand’s 150th anniversary, General Cigar is releasing just 4,000 boxes of this commemorative cigar. In a nod to the future of the brand, the cigars will be housed in a sleek, 15-count box bearing a modern interpretation of the logo.

The suggested retail price per cigar is $7.99, with a box price of $119.85. Edición de Cumpleaños 150 became available at retail beginning on April 1, 2015.

Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Blind Cigar Review: (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Vital Stats:

Vitola:
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: STG Danli
Blender:
Number of reviewers: 4 —– (ExpendableYouth) () (WyldKnyght) (SosaCub4Life)
Price: $7.99
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: April 2015
Contributed by: General Cigar

Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Blind Cigar Review: (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 89

“This is a reddish-brown box pressed cigar. It has a couple of large veins running down the length of the stick, and a nicely applied triple cap at the top.” - (ExpendableYouth)

Aroma: 91

“The wrapper on this cigar smelled sweet, the foot had a mild tobacco scent and the dry puff tasted like grass.” - (WyldKnyght)

Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Blind Cigar Review: (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

First Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The first-third hits you with an immediate blast of pepper that coats your entire mouth. As I continue into the first-third I begin to pickup earth, mineral, and woodiness.” - (ExpendableYouth)

“This cigar has started out great. It has a very nice welcoming spice to it. Peppery but not over powering. Super thick and creamy smoke. So far this is right up my alley.” - (SosaCub4Life)

Second Third

Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Blind Cigar Review: (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The beginning of the second third reintroduced the woodsy notes in tandem with the dark tobacco flavor bordering on cocoa beans. Then, past the midpoint, the profile changes to one driven by even darker tobacco notes bordering on a cocoa nibs flavor.” - ()

“The second third continued to have slight unevenness to the burn, but no touch up needed. The flavor of pepper picked up a bit more and the hint of wood continued from the first third.” -“The second third continued to have slight unevenness to the burn, but no touch up needed. The flavor of pepper picked up a bit more and the hint of wood continued from the first third.” - (WyldKnyght)

Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Blind Cigar Review: (DR) | Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“During the final 3rd, the burn was still uneven, was thinking of touching it up, but it ended up straightening itself out. The flavors really came together and mellowed out during the final 3rd.” - (WyldKnyght)

“The final third has been much of the same. I would say the spice is more of a chili spice than pepper during this 3rd. The cigar is still very thick and creamy. Very good finish to the smoke.” - (SosaCub4Life)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 93

“I have no complaints about the draw, it was nearly perfect.” - (WyldKnyght)

Burn: 92

“Nice tight burn lines, and no touchups needed. couldn’t ask for more.” - (ExpendableYouth)

Construction: 90

“This cigar was firm with a little give when squeezed. The ash was dark grey and flaky and the smoke was creamy, thick and smooth.” - (WyldKnyght)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Overall Experience: 91

“A nice overall smoke. It didn’t blow my socks off, but was a pretty solid experience overall. I would pick up a fiver of these if the price was right.” – (ExpendableYouth)

“An interesting stogie featuring an increase in strength with each new third. It reminded me a bit of the 262 Revere , with less focused flavors.” – ()

“I did not have high hopes for this cigar after the first little bit. There was a harshness to the flavor and the burn was a little off. Then it all changed and as this cigar went along the flavor got better, the harshness disappeared, the flavors of pepper and wood melded together and with the thick creamy smoke, this cigar became an excellent experience.” – (WyldKnyght)

“Overall this was a great cigar. Very good miz of spices from pepper to chili. The cigar was thick and creamy all throughout and was just a wonderful smoke.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 99

  • Appearance 89% 89%
  • Aroma 91% 91%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 89% 89%
  • Final Third 89% 89%
  • Draw 93% 93%
  • Burn 92% 92%
  • Construction 90% 90%
  • Overall Experience 91% 91%

Total Score - Very Good

 

Reviewer
Appearance
Aroma
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Constr.
Overall
Experience
ExpendableYouth)909087888590889090
)888587908888959088
WyldKnyght)909087909297909092
SosaCub4Life)959297959297959795

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