Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra Media Noche – Cigar Review

The Hoyo De Monterrey line from General Cigar is is one of the very well known and popular lines in the US. It includes the Hoyo de Tradición, the Excalibur, Reposado En Cedros, and more. Today I am exploring the Dark Sumatra line, which according to General Cigar Co’s site, was made when “One of our Cigar Masters discovered an unusually dark Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper curing in his barn; its deep color inspired him to create this singularly rich, robust Hoyo de Monterrey cigar”. The motto for the Hoyo de Monterrey line is “Every man deserves a Hoyo.”

Size: 5¾ x 54
Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra has three bands and a cedar sleeve on it. The top band reminds me of a championship belt. The color scheme is all gold, yellow, and black. The center of the top band has a crown, and within a gold badge on a black background in yellow writing is written Hoyo De Monterrey. On the sides is written the name Jose Gener, the brand’s founder. The other two bands are connected by the cedar sleeve, the one on top simply says Dark Sumatra in gold on black, and the one on bottom is in the same gold and black theme and says Hoyo de Monterrey de Jose Gener. 

I take care peeling off the cedar sleeve to prepare to smoke the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra. Once the sleeve is off I can clearly see the very dark brown wrapper which has minimal veins, and a nice oil gloss. It has a very firm feel in hand and is topped off with a generous cap.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra has notes of sweet molasses, coffee, and wood. The foot has a scent which is a combination of hay, wood, coffee, molasses, and a little spice. I use a punch to prepare smoking the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra, and on the cold draw there are notes of coffee, leather, grass, spice, and cocoa.

Smoking Characteristics: The first draws off the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra reveal a flavor rich with grass, leather, spice, molasses, and coffee. The smoke is very cool, smooth, rich, but only medium body at the start. Between each draw a bit of molasses, spice, and grass lingers long on the palate along with a hint of leather. The smoke production becomes excellent about an inch into the cigar. Each draw now has a full body of smoke, and between draws a wispy blue-tinged smoke pours out of the foot of the stick. The strength during the first third is in the medium range.

Into the second third of the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra, the spice starts to build a little in the flavor profile and lingers now on the palate between draws. The flavor is still a mix of coffee, molasses, grass, spice, and a nice rich dark leather note. The ash holds very well, easily past the inch point, without flaking at all. The burn line has been perfect thus far, with no corrections or improvements needed at any point. The strength is still in the medium range with just a slight buzz setting in while smoking.

During the final third of the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra, a nice rich cocoa builds into the flavor profile and the coffee really moves into the foreground. The spice does ease off a bit becoming a secondary note along with the grass, leather, and molasses. The beautiful charcoal colored ash still holds very firm, and the burn is still razor sharp. The strength increases a little in this third entering the medium to full range. The Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat, but it is slightly soft towards the end.

Conclusion: The Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra is certainly a pleasant blend. It has a nice combination of flavors with plenty of intensity. The one downfall was that there wasn’t a lot of complexity, but the flavors were quite pleasant. The construction held up very well, the ash was solid easily past the inch point, the burn razor sharp, and the draw excellent. The strength was right around the medium range near the start, and finished around medium to full. With the fair price, and wonderful performance, the Hoyo De Monterrey Dark Sumatra is certainly worth checking out.

Rating: 88

MSRP: $7.00