Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar - 1 Single

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Description Ref # HO1400

Length: 4"
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Light

Packaging: 1 Single
Vitola: Petit Robusto
Smoking Time: 35 Minutes


Hoyo de Monterrey owes its origin to the town of San Juan y Martinez, which lies at the heart of the Vuelta Abajo zone. Here the Hoyo de Monterrey plantation, one of the great Vegas de Primera, can be reached through a gate on the town's main square inscribed "Hoyo de Monterrey. Jose Gener. 1960."

"Hoyo" literally means "hole" and in this case describes the low-lying position of the plantation on the fertile banks of San Juan y Martinez river.  Jose Gener, a Spaniard from Tarragona, first used the name of his vega on a brand of Habanos in 1865. 

The flavour of Hoyo de Monterrey's blend makes it an attractive choice for those who seek a delicate yet aromatic Habano that is lighter to the taste but with great elegance and complexity. 

The brand is renowned for its Double Corona and for the prestigious Epicure series, the No.1 and No.2, to which the longer Epicure Especial was added in 2008. There is also a range of vitolas known as the Le Hoyo Series. These are generally accepted to be slightly stronger and spicier than the brand’s classic range.

All sizes are ‘tripalarga, totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade using filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo tobacco zone.


Perhaps this cigar would have been better named Epicure No.3 as its presentation and style of taste are identical to the Epicure 1 & 2. Introduced in 2004, it was a timely anticipation of what smokers would face with smoking bans.

Tasting Notes

Added to the brand in 2004 and probably one of the best new cigars produced in that year! Full of flavour, spice, rich and sweet. The cigar lasts around 40 minutes and have a great flavour and complexity. Definitely a cigar to be smoked with at least 6 months age.


89 / 100

"Though raw and muddled at first with a touch of harshness, this petit robusto warms to show a nutty smoke with notes of baked apple, black pepper and wheat. The draw is a touch firm...."



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by ANDY on Saturday 24 September, 2022
Last pack of three I bought contained two that the draw was so tight, they were unsmokeable. A nice smoke when you get a good one but it’s an expensive gamble. Will look for alternatives in future.
by Matthew on Friday 12 August, 2022
Loved it, very light smoke. Creamy and nutty flavours in the first and second third and transitioned to a slight spicy, peppery flavour in the final third. The only reason it isnt a 5 star is bevause I had to relight a few times, had a bit of tunnelling and a bit of an uneven burn. This could be user error as I am new to this.
by Ahmet on Friday 08 July, 2022
Loved the taste, very light and easy smoke but the construction was very disappointing, wrapper unravelled from shoulder to foot and ash looked shapeless near the end. It was my first HDM and I will try this short robusto again just to see if I would consider a box of it. Next in line to try is epicure especial. Wanted to knock only 1 star out for the wrapper issue but that wouldnt justify it.
by Marcin on Tuesday 24 May, 2022
A very pleasant-tasting cigar. It does not have a bitter aftertaste or a peppery aftertaste which is an advantage for me. Delicate, creamy in taste, it burns pleasantly until the very end. Good draft and lots of smoke. I recommend
by ALAN on Friday 18 March, 2022
Two unfortunate experiences with these. The first one I tried, the wrapper was crisp, dry and just crumbled and unravelled from the shoulder to the band.. It was also virtually impossible to light, with just a block of black charcoal instead of ash at the business end. Continued attempts to light it resulted in a trumpet-shaped expansion on one side of the cigar foot, and the wreckage was impossible to smoke.. The second one I tried seemed to be burning, but with considerable difficulty and a tight draw. No ash was visible, and the wrapper and binder stayed mostly intact. When the cigar went out, I tried scraping away at the black carbon at the foot and found it went down the centre of the cigar for about an inch and a half, so the centre of the filler had obviously burnt down inside the cigar shell. No ash anywhere, just hard black charcoal. Although I am new to cigar smoking, I have now smoked several different brands in different shapes and sizes, and have not had any problems with lighting or smoking any of them, so I dont think my lighting or smoking technique was at fault. I hasten to add that the service I have received from CGars on every order so far has been absolutely faultless, so no criticism is implied here of anything but the two Hoyo cigars I attempted in vain to smoke.
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