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.
Hoyo de Monterrey Particulares (1986)
This cigar has a velvet smoothness with chocolate and mild honey notes. While the draw started a bit firm, it lightened up in minutes to become a smooth, perfect smoke. Clearly, a distinctive cigar. — Marvin R. Shanken
Ramon Allones Cabinet Selection No. 55 (1978)
This panetela has sweet and chocolate aromas and flavors that turn soft and rich. This long, thin cigar has such a beautiful balance and density on the palate. So much going on. —James Suckling
Montecristo Especial No. 1 (1994)
This cigar has aged nicely, with a solid lingering finish of cedar notes. On the palate, there is a light hint of nutmeg. Always elegant, it still is. —Gordon Mott
San CristÓbal de la habana El Morro (1999)
What a great Churchill. This started off a bit flat, but then it turned spicy and woody with dried flowers. Amazing intensity. From the original release of this cigar. —James Suckling
Davidoff 1000 (1991)
This panetela has a floral taste complemented by spices with hints of white pepper. Full and rich with loads of dried spices. Very flavorful. —James Suckling
Quai d’Orsay Gran corona (1997)
Refined and very mellow, it has not changed at all. Medium and delicate with such a pretty palate of tea and flowers. Long and so clean. —James Suckling