The Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

I’ve been such a robusto fan for the last few years, and to be honest, a lover of bigger cigars that I haven’t been paying as much attention to some of the shorter Cubans as maybe I should.  I was at a coffee house today enjoying an espresso with a good buddy when he handed me a Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto and , well, what could I say!  Thanks seemed to be appropriate!!

The smoking laws being what they are these days dictated that we take our coffees and move a respectable distance down the street to a park bench near by.  My friend manages his humidors like a doting parent and really knows how to take care of his cigars, I saw that this petit robusto was in immaculate condition, the wrapper was very smooth and the construction felt firm but not overly hard.  After I clipped the cap, the pre-light draw was easy with a beautiful tobacco taste and somewhat herbal aftertaste which also left a slight tingle to my lips.  The weather was warm and this was going to be a fine meditative hour or so.

Since I hadn’t smoked one of these in some time I was expecting this to be a re-visiting of the Epicure #2 but from the first puff I was reminded that this is a different story altogether.  The first flavor I got was a strong but pleasant leather taste with toasted tobacco and for a while this little cigar stayed in that neighborhood until the second third when it developed into a more complex sweet dark chocolate. I told myself that I was going to be very still and careful so I could see how the grey white ash behaved.  The wonderful long leaf tobacco burned very evenly and it wasn’t until well into the final third when the ash finally toppled over.

We sat and finished our cigars, talked about sports, Tiger Woods and his incredible triumphant return and the up-coming trout season, then it was time to go but not before I made a silent promise to myself to stock up on some of these great little cigars as soon as possible!