Connoisseur’s Corner: A Flawless Hoyo de Monterrey

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona

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Punch Néctares No. 5 (1974)

This is a near-perfect corona. The wrapper is reddish brown, and covered with streaks of dark brown oils. The first attack brings a sweet cedar note, and that quickly shifts to wood and dark cocoa powder flavors. The finish ends with a sweet leathery note that lingers on the palate. At its peak, but there is life left in this 44-year-old smoke. —Gordon Mott

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Bolivar Inmensas (1995)

This long, rather skinny smoke falls into our lonsdale category, and more than two decades in a dress box has left it rather squared on the sides. The burn is not quite even, but the flavor is big, with touches of black pepper, tropical fruit and a sweetness reminiscent of a chocolate malted milkshake. The finish is long and luxurious, and the balanced smoke gets better with each puff. —David Savona

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 1 (1980)

This cigar (circa early ’80s), taken from a cabinet of 50, displays all the characteristics of a well-aged smoke. Stored from its arrival at James Fox tobacconist in Dublin, the cigar has a solid core of cedar flavors, with a touch of white pepper on the mid-palate, and finally, a hint of dry leather on the smooth, long finish. It still has plenty of life in its future, but it’s smoking perfectly right now. —Gordon Mott