Connoisseur's Corner: An Impressive "A"
(From the May 2010 issue of Cigar Aficionado) One need not be a seasoned cigar aficionado to look upon an open box of Hoyo de Monterrey Particulares and realize that you are staring at something extraordinary and unusual. The presentation is impressive. Each of the “A”-sized cigars (they stretch to a massive 9 1/4 inches long, with a substantial ring gauge of 47) are packed in individual wooden boxes, five of which come in each box of cigars. But comely packaging can only dress up a smoke. The cigars inside deliver, even after 24 years of age. These supersized Hoyos are classic, near perfect smokes that take a short time to warm up and blossom into a subtle and distinctive smoking experience. The Hoyo was one of two classics we found in this tasting, the other being a Ramon Allones entering its fourth decade.