This is another fantastic offering in the Monster series, and I would recommend that if you haven’t had an opportunity to try one yet to hunt it down before they are gone. This is a perfect example of what a complex cigar can and should be.
For the most part, this tasted like a Cohiba, and not the best one I’ve had. I had expected a lot more from a special edition. The flavors were not all that complex and the transitions were moderately noticeable. Perhaps with some more time this would be something special, but for the moment, I doubt it will justify the hefty price tag it will take to get one.
The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 Reserva Cosecha 2012 is the latest in the annual line of Reserva cigars to be released from Habanos S.A. It was debuted on the first night of the 18th Habanos Festival on February 29th. These are some of the most exclusive and expensive cigars that come out of Cuba. Hoyo de Monterrey was the only national brand to not have a Reserva release prior to this year.
This cigar carried a bit more strength than I expected based on previous cigars from HVC. It has darker flavors which would make me lean towards smoking it in the evening or as a final cigar of a multi-cigar smoking experience. There weren’t many transitions, but that is OK as the cigars flavors were good. I wouldn’t recommend this cigar to a new smoker, but rather someone that is interested in strength along with flavors of earthiness, coffee and wood.
This was a cigar that I was looking forward to ever since I heard of the idea. With fire cured tobacco making an appearance in some prominent cigars recently, this was a slightly different option in the same area. With the tie in of Scotch, I think it makes for another interesting style. With this cigar, the amount of peat flavor wasn’t as prominent as I was expecting. I can understand why this version was the initial release as you wouldn’t want to overpower anyone with that aspect, so I agree with this being the initial release. As it stands, this is a cigar that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys peaty Scotch or just smokiness in general in their cigars. This would even be a good fit with a new or casual cigar smoker as the blend isn’t overpowering at all. For me, I would deem this cigar a success and it makes me look forward to the 50% peat cured filler version to get even more of its characteristics. Then, it will be interesting to see how the 75% version fares.
I’m very impressed. To be honest, I went into this wondering whether it would be a mediocre smoke, or whether it would be decent. It’s far better than I’d hoped. The only thing I’ve had remotely similar was the Daruma Mutante, which I disliked. The citrus didn’t work for me with that stick, but it works so well here. I’m guessing this is going to be a polarizing cigar, with some who love it, and some who hate it, but all will likely admit that the quality is high. I recommend giving it a try!