The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 is one of the most popular Robusto cigars coming out of Cuba. It’s a fast smoke delivering a beautiful variety of flavors and aromas, loved by beginners and afficienadoes alike.
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Overview
The Epicure No 2 is slightly more cedar-forward than other Hoyo deonterrey cigars, but it still has plenty of sweet undertones. It measures just 4.9” long and smokes relatively quickly. You can imagine it’s best for a quick smoke in the morning or afternoon, but such a great cigar can be enjoyed any moment, anywhere.
At ring gauge 50 it’s wider than most Cubans and this helps to provide a smoother and cooler draw. Thick cigars have become more prevalent in recent years, and this one stands out as a leader.
Smoking a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2
The first third has heavy cedar and honey notes laced with black pepper and floral notes. Lemon undertones begin to emerge in the second third, although the ongoing cedar and musk sometimes overshadow them – experienced palates can definitely find more nuance here. The final third continues the cedar and musk in a finish that is not overpowering.
While there are plenty of subtly sweet notes throughout, the savory and spicy notes are enough to please all medium-bodied cigar smokers. This is a mild cigar that still packs enough flavor to be memorable, even if you’re used to something more potent and robust.
Try pairing an Epicure No 2 with either a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Sauvignon Blanc. Although you can also pair it with an old fashioned or other whiskey drink, the mild notes of this cigar allow it to pair with wine better than most cigars.
Hoyo de Monterrey cigars are moderately priced compared to other Cuban cigars. The Epicure No 2 is one of the least expensive from the brand, however, it also has a shorter burn time, so there is a clear trade-off.
These cigars make lovely gifts for casual smokers and more serious enthusiasts. The variety of flavors can provide a novel experience for any fan of light-to-medium cigars. And if you favour Robusto cigars, Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 is superb value.
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 Experience
Overall, the Epicure No 2 is a pleasant experience for just about anybody, other than smokers who prefer big Double Coronas. . Beginners will find it a good introduction. The lack of harshness in the final third allows the cigar to be delightful for novices, while still providing a new flavor experience for seasoned aficionados.