Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigars were a new release by General Cigar in November 2010. As the name suggests, these cigars are aged (or rested) in cedar. At this writing, the line was available in three sizes, Suerio (5 1/4" x 54) $6.49, Liso (7" x 49) $6.75, and Marco (6 1/4" x 54) $6.99. I sampled the Suerio size for this review. The cigars are made with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a blend of filler tobacco from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. If you want to know even more about Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigars, watch my video with Ed McKenna from the General Cigar Company.
According to General Cigar, Reposado en Cedros cigars are medium bodied and have a uniquely rich spicy taste. In my opinion, these cigars are more medium-to-full bodied, and as you might have guessed, have a predominate cedar flavor. However, these Hoyo's are not at all overpowering, and can be enjoyed by more advanced beginners. A slightly dry cedar taste was most noticeable during the first ten minutes, but then the flavor began to moderate a bit, resulting in a most enjoyable smoke. The taste is somewhat unique because of the process used to create these cigars (but that can also be said about a number of other cigar blends).
Draw and Construction
Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigars are very well made. My samples had a great draw, even burn, and held a medium-to-long ash. No relights or touchups were required while smoking. I smoked these cigars down to two inches remaining, which took about 45 minutes.
At a price of $6.50 to $7.00 per stick (depending on size) when purchased as singles, Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigars are a decent value. As usual, the price per stick is always lower when purchased by the box or sample pack. Some smokers place a premium value on cigars that are new, so new that even their friends have not tried them, yet. However, if you have never smoked a particular cigar before yourself, then that cigar is new to you, regardless of how long it has been around. It's all about personal choice, and what factors help determine your buying decision. But in a nutshell, for a somewhat unique tasting cigar that is very well made, Reposado en Cedros cigars are definitely worth a try, especially while they are still a topic of conversation amongst cigar connoisseurs and aficionados.
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