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Stogie Reviews: H. de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros Sueño

23 Sep 2010

The 2010 industry convention showcased several new releases from tobacco giant General Cigar, including additions to the Macanudo and La Gloria Cubana brands.

The powers that be at General also augmented their lineup of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars with a new blend. Called “Reposado en Cedros” (Spanish for “rested in cedar), it employs a proprietary aging process designed to impart extra cedar flavors.

“Just as fine wines and spirits are aged in wooden barrels to round out their taste, cigars that mature in cedar-lined aging rooms are known for smooth, balanced flavor,” reads a press release dated July 23. “In taking this time-honored tradition to a new level, General Cigar’s Honduran team created Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros, the company’s first collection to be created using an innovative new process called ‘Inmersión.’”

“Inmersión” includes “an extended period” of cedar aging for up to six months, which is why, according to General, only limited quantities of Reposado en Cedros are available. But that exclusivity seems to have little impact on price. Each of the blend’s three vitolas are priced to move in the affordable $6.50-7 range. They include a Churchill called “Liso” (7 x 49), a figurado called “Marco” (6.25 x 54), and a robusto called “Sueño” (5.25 x 54).

I sampled three Sueños for this review. Beneath this vitola’s cedar sleeve is a dry, rustic wrapper leaf with a pungent pre-light aroma of dill and spice. The Sueño is heavy in the hand, consistently firm, and lacking in large veins.

The initial flavor carries dominant notes of garlic and cedar. Very dry and woodsy with little balance. After the first inch is complete, however, the smoke settles, transitioning to a less abrasive, more fragrant profile. Thereafter, floral tastes add nicely to the baseline of cedar as  traces of creamy sweetness emerge.

Truth be told, I was expecting this Hoyo to taste like a marketing gimmick gone wrong. But while it may be overly cedary on the palate, the unique flavor is both interesting and aromatic. And the Sueño smokes like a champ. Its burn is straight, the draw is clear, and the white ash holds firm.

Is this cigar going to blow you away? No. It’s too monotone to be inspiring. That said, if you’re a fan of cedar and dill spice, the Reposado en Cedros Sueño is right in your wheelhouse. It earns three stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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2 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: H. de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros Sueño”

  1. Patrick Lagreid Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Agreed on almost every point, although I thought it was a bit better than 3/5. I didn't pick up on the garlic notes, and mine seemed more balanced, albeit fairly one-dimensional as you mentioned.

    I still think this is a pretty good stick — I'm intrigued to try a few more once they hit retail.

    All the best –

    Patrick

  2. Frank Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Just ordered a box of these for my dad. Seems like they've improved somewhat over the years based on newer reviews. We shall see, I hope he likes them!!