Tasting Note


Hoyo de Monterrey

Double Corona

The firm draw of this large cigar delivers a pleasant mix of sweet spices, coffee and orange peel. Medium bodied and flavorful.

Additional tasting notes for Hoyo de Monterrey

Issue: Feb 01, 2015
Score: 92
Dressed in a medium-claro wrapper, this double corona is finished with a flat head and three-seam cap. It's woody and grassy at first, but takes on rich chocolate notes, hints of vanilla bean and touches of citrus.

Issue: Jun 01, 2014
Score: 89
There are pleasant and rich touches of caramel, cedar and peanuts to this large double corona, but the notes are a bit muted as though struggling to fully come through on the palate.

Issue: Jun 01, 2013
Score: 92
Though the draw on this large cigar is a bit firm, its bright, cedary smoke becomes rich and sweet with cappuccino notes and an almond paste finish that sticks to the palate.

Issue: Oct 01, 2010
Score: 94
An exemplary made cigar that received full marks for construction. The draw is firm but nevertheless layers the palate with complex, sweet and savory flavors. Nougat, toffee, café au lait impressions transition to leather and wood.

Issue: Jun 01, 2009
Score: 91
A large and intriguing double corona draped in a tawny brown wrapper. The draw is a touch firm, but finesses the palate with a luxuriously creamy smoke layered

Issue: Feb 01, 2008
Score: 91
This big double corona gleams with a golden-brown wrapper and attractive three seam cap. The draw is smooth and the smoke is creamy, giving a great balance of leather, spice and cedar.

Issue: Jun 01, 2006
Score: 92
A rich brown cigar with a lush draw. It’s very rich, with smooth, toasty flavors and hints of coffee beans, almonds and cashews. A beautiful medium bodied cigar with a long finish.

Issue: Apr 01, 2003
Score: 88
This huge cigar has a silky texture and a solid cap. But the draw is terribly tight. Flavors of sweet wood and grass lead to an earthy finish, but draw problems mar the experience.

Issue: Oct 01, 2002
Score: 85
A large, medium-bodied cigar with a silky but veiny wrapper. The burn is way off. Monodimensional earthy flavors have floral top notes and hints of leather on the finish.

Issue: Apr 01, 2002
Score: 85
A bit wrinkly, this cigar has a crooked burn. The smoke is woody and simple, lacking depth. A true disappointment given this cigar's history.

Issue: Dec 01, 1999
Score: 94
A beautiful cigar, reminiscent of some of Cuba's best. It has powerful flavors of spice, including a strong hint of cinnamon with a smooth leathery note to round it out. A complex earthy/woody finish.

Issue: Jun 01, 1999
Score: 91
A very light wrapper on this cigar. It's sweet and grassy, with delicate herbal notes. It's young, but velvety.

Issue: Oct 01, 1998
Score: 94
This is the best Hoyo in years. It is packed with complex flavors, including leather and spice, with a strong hint of cinnamon. It has a long spicy finish that tends toward earthiness. Great smoke.

Issue: Mar 01, 1995
Score: 96
An extraordinary full-bodied smoke. This cigar is filled with cocoa and coffee-bean flavors backed up by smooth woody and leathery notes. It has a perfect draw and a toastlike aroma.

Issue: Dec 01, 1992
Score: 99
Perhaps Cuba's greatest cigar. The Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona is a benchmark for the cigar world. It is gorgeous and smokes like a dream. The aromas and flavors are incredibly distinctive and reminiscent of chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Issue: Jan 01, 1970
Score: 92
Cuba's double coronas are smoking beautifully right now, and the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona is the second Cuban double on our Top 25 list this year. (The other is the Punch Double Corona, which ranked No. 8.) Massive and stately, Hoyo Doubles have built up quite the repuation over the years. Aside from some bad showings in 2001 and 2002, when Cuban cigar production as a whole was inconsistent, Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas have scored in the 90s in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider blind tastings, outstanding on our 100-point-scale. Recent production Hoyo Doubles are all about medium-bodied flavors. They offer a combination of sweet spices, coffee notes and a touch of orange peel. These are sublime, rich, but not-too-powerful smokes that are perfect for whiling away an afternoon.

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