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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2
Epicure No. 2
50 50
Tasting Note
If there is a quintessential Cuban robusto, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 probably holds that title. The size has been around for decades and is a favorite among fans of Cuban cigars for its delicate nuance, complexity and aroma. Not that this is a mild cigar. Subtlety and mild body aren't exactly the same thing, and the Epicure No. 2 is a case study in how a cigar can deliver layers of flavor while preserving delicacy and sophistication. The samples we smoked were from a February 2016 production date. Traditionalists should be happy that not too much has changed in terms of presentation over the years. The Hoyo Epicure No. 2 cigars still come packaged in wooden slide-lid cabinets, which are ideal for air-flow during long-term aging. They still come bundled with a ribbon, and the cigars are even offered in 50-count cabinets as an option to standard boxes of 25. The only major change has been the bands. Up until about 10 years ago, many cigars in wooden cabinets were packaged nude. Habanos S.A. changed that by putting bands on all cigars, cabinet or otherwise. Those who wish to pay homage to the past can simply remove the labels with ease.
Body Medium
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 50
Length 4 7/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2017
Price £16.95
Box DateMay 2015
Designation Top 25 of 2016 | Rank: 9
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2016 | Score: 94

A rich and nutty cigar that leaves clear, profound impressions of honey and brown sugar on the palate along with a warm, toasty undertone all of which meld on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2014 | Score: 91

This cedary-tasting cigar draws beautifully and burns evenly. It's sweet and woody imparting notes of black tea, minerals and vanilla that linger on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2014 | Score: 91

Light touches of many elements eventually combine for a smoke that turns into a balance of coffee bean, cocoa, coconut and vanilla bean. A complex cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2013 | Score: 91

An oily wrapper and three-seam cap adorn this tasty, balanced smoke, whose sweet and nutty intonations are complemented by leather and licorice notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2011 | Score: 92

Well rolled with an oily semi-dark wrapper and three seam cap. Cedar flavors mingle well with a coffee-and-cream sweetness. A rich, tasty smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2010 | Score: 91

Dark and streaky with a great-looking cap.. The smoke is heavy and rich with hickory, coffee bean leather, and a cedary finish that hints of orange peel.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2008 | Score: 92

Well rolled with a stunning complexion. The mostly leathery flavor profile is balanced by earthy spices and a blast of French roasted coffee. Dark red fruit notes manifest on the finish for a great medium- to full-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2007 | Score: 89

A nicely capped cigar with a perfect draw. Woody, floral notes surround a spicy essence. A medium- to full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2006 | Score: 88

Rich color and sheen on this cigar, which has a smooth draw and even burn. It’s woody with a savory core. There’s a bit of saffron on the palate and a cedary finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 19, 2004 | Score: 90

This golden robusto has a toasty aroma. It warms up beautifully, leading to balanced flavors of vanilla, cream and wood. the finish has a note of coffee.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2004 | Score: 89

This cigar is pleasantly oily. It has a graham cracker note upon a cedar core, with an Irish whiskey note and some meatiness. Medium bodied, with anise notes on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2003 | Score: 91

This silky robusto has a fine three-seam cap. It's a strong cigar with a rich, heavy aroma. Flavors of toasty wood and nuts settle in quickly after a harsh start. The finish is spicy and balanced.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2003 | Score: 86

A lovely cap tops this cigar, which has some whitish veins. The draw is firm, the burn a bit crooked. It's very, very woody, with some hints of leather. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2002 | Score: 88

A gorgeous dark brown robusto with a well-made cap. The smoke is cedary, spicy and woody, with a medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2002 | Score: 90

This well-made cigar has pleasant, rich flavors of wood and spice. The draw is a bit firm. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 01, 2002 | Score: 89

The oily wrapper on this cigar is lovely. The draw is balanced and the burn is even. The smoke is soft and earthy, and tastes young.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2001 | Score: 86

A veiny but attractive robusto. It's cedary and very tangy, with a medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2000 | Score: 91

A medium to full-bodied cigar. There are solid notes of cinnamon and a good earthiness. There are also leathery and earthy tastes on the finish. Well-balanced.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1998 | Score: 88

This is a medium bodied cigar that doesn't quite live up to its reputation. Some leather, and some toastiness on the palate, and a long, cedary finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 1996 | Score: 91

This oily robusto has a good draw and a nice burn. It is medium- bodied and smooth, with a strong leathery character and a long and pleasant finish.

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