MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Hoyo de Tradicion Review (9/25/2017)
By Gary Korb
Is that a Cuban cigar you’re smoking? Sure looks like it. Nope, this Hoyo is wearing a Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey collar, but it’s made in Honduras. Even so, it comes pretty darn close to the genuine article in more ways than one…
Country of Origin: Honduras
Size: 6″ x 52 / Box-pressed
Wrapper: Honduran Jamastran Viso Rosado
Filler: Honduran San Augustin / Dominican Piloto Cubano / Nicaraguan Ometepe
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Location: “The Man Cave” (a.k.a. My garage)
Paired with: Coffee (cream & sugar)
My Experience: It was a hot and sunny September day, somewhere in the middle of downtown Saturday afternoon and I chose this Hoyo de Tradicion Toro cigar for its rich Honduran tobacco flavor, the taste for which Hoyo de Monterrey cigars are known. I also like the vintage Cuban Hoyo band used for this selection, plus the wrapper is especially buttery, and the 3-nation blend offers excellent balance. Settling down just inside the door opening where I could watch the neighborhood goings-on without being too conspicuous, I opened my laptop to check my email. As I nimbly moved the spam to the Trash, I soaked-in all that chewy, creamy smoke teaming with flavors of toasted almonds, cedar wood, graham cracker and molasses. Pairing perfectly with my coffee, I’ve found few cigars more relaxing than this Hoyo, which is why it’s become a favorite “go-to” for me, especially on a quiet Saturday afternoon where I could enjoy it completely uninterrupted.
Suffice it to say. . . if you want a creamy, medium-bodied cigar that will mellow you out for the better part of two hours, with flavors of toasted nuts, cedar, graham cracker, and more, the Hoyo De Monterrey Tradicion Toro will get you there.
If you’ve had a chance to smoke this cigar, please leave a comment or share a similar experience.