Cigar Review: Hoyo De Monterrey, Hoyo De Tradicion

Cigar Review: Hoyo De Monterrey, Hoyo De Tradicion

Size: 6×52, Toro

Wrapper: Honduran Jamastran Viso Rosado

Binder: Connecticut

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, & Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price: Box of 25, $133.95

Score: 8.8

The Hoyo De Tradicion is produced by General Cigar in the famed Villazon factory in Honduras. The Rosado Honduran wrapper encases a three country filler that includes proprietary tobacco grown in Nicaragua. I have enjoyed these for a number of years and finally decided to take the time for a proper review. You can see a size chart and learn more about the blend here.

On with the toast.

Appearance, 1.8:
The Rosado wrapper on this smoke always impresses me. The slight box press on this smoke is nice and the cigar is well packed but is not too tight. The pre-light aroma is pretty mild along the wrapper with a bit of barnyard at the foot. The cold draw is also very mild but still makes the mouth water a bit due to the subtle tobacco that comes through. I should also mention the band on this smoke is very classic and appealing.

Burn, 1.6:
I have smoked a number of these and for the most part the burn is good, but I have run across a few duds, such as the sample I smoked for review. On average, the Hoyo De Tradicion burns well with plenty of smoke and an easy draw, but this one burned a bit ragged and also required a few re-lights throughout the duration of the smoke. Even with the touch ups and re-lights the burn is solid.

 

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the Hoyo produces nice woody notes with a very clean finish. The first third presents notes of airy tobacco with a medium finish. The notes are of nuts, toasted cedar, and a handful of warm spices that play on the palate. The second third finds the cigar mellowing a bit with all of the different tobaccos blending together into a nice flavor that is finished with a warm spice with a touch of sweetness to it. The last third follows the above profile with the spice picking up a bit towards the end of the stick, but the spices are warm in nature and again contain a hint of sweetness that contributes to a nice finish.

Overall, 2.7:
This is a nice smoke at a good price. I have smoked quite a few of these and have always enjoyed it except for the occasional burn/construction issue mentioned above. Overall, this is a solid offering from General Cigar that I would recommend.

 

(Total: 8.8)