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Review of New Hoyo Cigars

By: Gary Manelski

A new version of Hoyo de Monterrey called Hoyo began shipping to brick and mortar cigar retailers on April 1, 2016. This new Hoyo cigar is not available online. Hoyo is made with a blend of aged filler tobaccos from Nicaragua along with some Pennsylvania Ligero, an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and an Esteli Habano Shade wrapper cultivated by Plasencia just for this new cigar. These cigars are available in four sizes ranging in price from $5.49 to $6.99, including the Robusto (5 x 54) sampled for this review, priced at $6.59 per stick. For more information about these new Hoyo cigars and/or to watch a video, please click here.

I smoked a couple of sample Hoyo's for this review. These cigars started off with a strong peppery flavor along with some sweetness and a deep earthy taste, and were definitely full bodied. The pepper tamed down after a few minutes, and the cigars became a bit smoother as a leather flavor entered the mix along with a hint of spice. Beyond that point, both samples smoked pretty much the same until the end, but at the beginning, one sample had a stronger peppery flavor while the other was a bit less peppery (but still strong) with more sweetness. I found both samples to be well balanced - full of flavor without becoming overpowering. They are comparable to several other full flavor and full bodied boutique cigars, but for about half the price.

Both sample Hoyo cigars had good draws and held a long ash. The burn line was not always even, and one of the samples needed a couple of minor touch-up lights, while the other corrected itself. Average smoke time was one hour, down to two inches remaining. I rate the new Hoyo Robusto with a very solid 4 points on a 5-point scale, and consider it to be a great value, especially for cigar smokers who prefer fuller bodied and full flavor cigars.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by General Cigar.

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