A Petit Robusto Takes Me Home for the Night
Posted: Mar 23, 2007 11:11am ET
I smoked a Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto the other night while finishing a bottle of 2000 Lafite with a buddy in the fashion business who lives near me in Tuscany. Is it my imagination or is the PR stronger than the Hoyo Epicure No. 2?
I would have thought that the PR would be milder, like the Epi No. 2. But it seemed very strong for this cigar. I think a lot of Cuban cigars are stronger these days as factories use better-aged ligero, or stronger tobacco in their blends.
These “abridged version” or “Cliff notes” smokes seem to be concentrated versions of the original. The Hoyo PR is certainly richer and stronger than the Hoyo Epi No. 2 and the Montecristo Petit Edmundo is equally stronger than the normal Edmundo. I wonder if the Cubans do this intentionally when they create the blends for these cigars?
Anyway, it was a hell of a smoke. And it was better than the Lafite 2000. I scored this wine 100-points in blind tastings for CA’s sister publication, the Wine Spectator. It was not 100 points the other night though. It was so tight and closed. It wasn’t giving much of anything. It was a real bitch of a wine…
I don’t think it was a perfect bottle. May be the cork was a little off? Or the wine had not been stored properly? I have had the Lafite 2000 many times and it’s a perfect young thing. So don’t worry if you have some.
Nonetheless, Hoyo Petit Robusto stole my heart that night with my Italian friend. I only wish it had been longer…
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