Cigar Aficionado

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (Tubo)
Epicure Especial (Tubo)
50 50
Tasting Note
One of Cuba's relatively newer cigars is also one that is smoking beautifully right now. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial was introduced to the main Cuban cigar portfolio at the Habanos Festival in 2008. The idea was to give the aficionado more, building on the success of the iconic Hoyo Epicure No. 2, a robusto measuring 4 7/8 inches long by 50 ring. The Epicure Especial, offering another 5/8 of an inch of smoking pleasure, was previously teased an Edición Limitada in 2004. We had mixed feelings about the smoke when it was an EL, giving it scores of 85 and 90 points, but we have always been impressed by the regular production smoke, rating it several times between 89 and 94 points. We have been most wowed by the version packed in a tube. Most Cuban cigars come in boxes, but if you want the tubed variety of this Hoyo, it is offered only in three packs, making it somewhat peculiar in the Habanos portfolio. The cigar is very, very rich, with varied notes that include coffee, earth and cocoa powder, and a touch of graham cracker. It's complex, but not too strong, making it a very approachable Cuban.
Body Medium
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 50
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2015
Price £21.26
Box DateJune 2013
Designation Top 25 of 2014 | Rank: 4
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2016 | Score: 87

There are green spots and glue stains and the wrapper of this cigar. Initial vegetal notes become warmer with muted hints of cinnamon and spice.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2014 | Score: 94

Rich and complex impressions of coffee, earth and cocoa powder interweave with graham cracker and nutmeg notes. A delicious, medium-bodied smoke.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale