Introduced at the IPCPR last year, Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros also marks the introduction of a new aging process developed by the mad scientists at General Cigar’s HATSA facility in Cofradia, Honduras. The process has been dubbed “Inmersión”™ and duly trademarked.
I haven’t found a detailed description of what all this entails (because it’s a trade secret, I’m sure), but I’m guessing “Inmersión” is probably similar to barrel-aging. The end result of the process is an extra cedary kick given to the wrapper leaf. As the developers explain,
Enveloped in fragrant cedar, the cigar matures to a complex medium-bodied smoke with a uniquely spicy, rich taste.
The core of the cigar is a blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and piloto cubano from the Dominican Republic, which is then bound in Connecticut Broadleaf and topped off with the specially aged and treated Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
Three sizes are in production:
- Liso – 7 x 49
- Marco – 6.25 x 54
- Sueno – 5.25 x 54
The Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado is a solid but generally unattractive cigar. The wrapper is smooth in texture, but very thin, showing the contours of the binder beneath. The color of the wrapper is an unusual yellowish-golden brown. The cap is slapped on without much concern for looks, but it slices away nicely and reveals a very nice draw. The overall effect is rough and weathered, though this is offset somewhat by the packaging — the cedar sleeve is not only in keeping with the cedar theme, it improves the looks of the cigar.
The burn is good, though somewhat uneven, and the ash is solid. The wrapper cracks and tears very easily, so this might not be the one to smoke outside on a frigid day.
Overall construction — good to very good.
The Hoyo Reposado en Cedros is appropriately named — cedar, cedar everywhere. A pre-light whiff of this cigar is like walking into a well-tended humidor. The first inch is extremely smooth, with no harsh edges and a very short finish. The flavors include (Surprise!) cedar with a touch of honey over a earthy, slightly vegetal tasting base. The aroma is all cedar, all the time. Even the aftertaste is of cedar.
The middle section is a little richer tasting, bringing in a deeper woody flavor that balances out the high sweet cedar notes that still dominate the aroma. The finish lengthens a bit and there is the slightest hint of spice on the tongue. The smoke texture is medium in body, but the cigar is still mild in strength.
The Reposado continues on this track till it reaches its medium-bodied, mildly spicy, sweet, and cedary destination. At times I grew impatient with the cigar and puffed a little too frequently, resulting in a flavor that veered toward bitterness. Don’t do this. Let the cigar be it’s own mild-mannered lazy self and imagine that you’re in a sauna. One made of cedar. Relax. It’s not a crime to be bored.
The Sueños I smoked for the review were all consistent in flavor and performance, that is, consistently decent if a little dull. This is a very smooth smoke which announces cedar before flame ever touches foot, so if cedar isn’t your thing, you might look elsewhere. Aside from that, this is a well-made cigar.
If this cedar-aged profile appeals to you, then the price tag will be sure to please as well. The Sueños sell for only 5 to 6 USD per stick, and the larger sizes only slightly more. I might look for this one after breakfast sometime, if I get the hankering for a walk in the woods and there are no woods to walk in.
Thanks to General Cigar for providing samples of this cigar for review.