cigar review

Hoyo de Monterrey: Epicure No. 2

The next cigar I am going to smoke as part of my cigar challenge is from the Hoyo de Monterrey cigar brand, I will be trying the Epicure No.2.

The stats:

Length: 4 7/8″
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Light
Country of origin: Cuba
Cost: £21.99 @ CGars Ltd

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2


Jose Gener is the man responsible for the Hoyo de Monterrey cigar brand.

Jose Gener

During his youth Jose emigrated from Spain to Cuba to work for his uncle in a tobacco plantation. In later life he went on to open up a cigar factory in 1865 in Havana, and later purchased his very own tobacco farm in Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region (’land of the world’s best cigar leaves’) – which to this day has become the source of tobacco for the Hoyo de Monterrey cigar brand.

The logo

The brand was and still is popular with British cigar smokers today. Habanos S.A celebrate it’s success with numerous Limited Edition releases.

My experience:

This is going to be a really tricky cigar to review as its a cigar I smoke quite often. The thing I love about the Epicure No.2 is that it’s the perfect cigar for a casual smoke, that I can, and have smoked on a day by day basis. Both indoors whilst I’m working from home, and outdoors on a stroll. I think that’s because this cigar is quite mild, but also has a punch to it.

Getting ready to light

Upon the first few draws of this cigar, it tastes bloody great!

After a few draws

A real mild cigar, offering some interesting creamy, earth and wood like flavour notes.

This particular cigar tunneled a bit, and I had to re-light it a couple of times. According to, ‘tunneling refers to the issue we see when the filler tobacco burns faster than the wrapper tobacco causing a tunnel to form on the inside of the cigar.‘ This is not my normal experience of this cigar.

I can hand on heart say that this is a perfect regular everyday smoke – so if that’s something you are looking for, you can’t go wrong with the Epicure No.2.

My rating: 8.5 out of 10

Next up… a Joya de Nicaragua cigar!

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