Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros Marco – Cigar Review
Today I am exploring the Salomon vitola of the Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado En Cedros called the Marco. This line was introduced by General cigar in the fall of 2010 and has a very interesting aging process. The Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros are made using a unique process called Inmersion. Reposado en Cedros loosely translates to quietly resting in cedar, which is what the Inmersion process is. The cigars are aged for six months in a bed of cedar shavings to give this cigar a very unique flavor. I have included a picture of a diarama that General Cigar released to demonstrate what the process looks like. It is at the at the end of the review.
Size: 6 1/4 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros Marco has a beautiful reddish brown wrapper with very light veins and a tight cap. It is rolled in the salomon style, and as with any salmon, looks quite attractive to me and caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the B&M shelf. It comes encased in a cedar sleeve with two small bands on it. The lower one has gold leaves on a dark orange background, and the top one has gold coins on the same background with desde 1865 written on it. The actual band has Hoyo De Monterrey written on the top of it with an angel and a crown in the middle and Reposado En Cedros below.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros Marco has a rich cedar scent, which isn’t shocking, considering the inmersion process used to create them. There is also a bit of citrus, dill, and hay. The foot also has a rich cedar scent along with notes of grass, and citrus as well. I go with a fairly generous straight cut on the Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros Marco and on the cold draw the flavor is a mix of cedar, floral tones, citrus, and grass.
Smoking Experience: Firing up the Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros Marco the draw starts out a little tight due to the tapered foot. The initial flavors are of predominately cedar, along with some natural tobacco notes, floral tones, dill, and citrus. Once I burn past the taper in the foot, the draw really opens up and the cedar is nearly overpowering, easily dominating the profile, but all of the undertones hold on. The draw is excellent, each puff easily provides a full body of creamy, smooth, rich smoke. The burn line remains nearly razor sharp, and the ash easily holds on firmly to the inch point.
Into the second third there is plenty more cedar and the smoothness of the smoke takes on a very sweet tone as well. The notes of citrus, tobacco, and floral undertones all remain. The draw remains excellent, easily providing a full body of smoke, which continues to billow out of the stick between draws. The strength is right around the medium point with only a light buzz setting in while smoking.
During the final third the flavor doesn’t change up too much, it just becomes a bit creamier, smoother, and richer. All the undertones remain which are playing off the cedar flavor well. The construction remains excellent to the end, the burn line never faltering, and the ash holds firm without any flaking. It smokes cool to the nub with a fine flavor.
Conclusion: I enjoyed the Hoyo De Monterrey Reposado En Cedros Marco. It was smooth, creamy, and full of rich cedar flavors. The ash held tightly at every point, and the burn line was almost completely even at all times. The draw, once I got past the tapered foot was excellent, easily providing ample smoke. The strength was right around the medium point, which would satisfy most experienced smokers, and yet shouldn’t scare off any mild smokers. This cigar has a very unique flavor profile. Expect strong cedar notes and the hint of dill throughout and all those flavors building towards the end.