Most “Churchill” cigars are around 7×50 in size, or perhaps even bigger than that. Hoyo De Monterrey’s is only 6 1/4 x 45, and I call it a monster, even though its size is a bit more diminutive than expected. If you enjoy full bodied cigars, this one might be a bit of a challenge, and the size of this one is more than most can handle. Don’t even think about lighting one of these if just getting your bearings with cigars, and if you light one up in the morning, best of luck on dealing with the consequences. This cigar is beyond full bodied, as it is downright robust, and it will throw you back a bit. I knew that with it being a Honduran, that it would provide a smoking version of a slap, but I didn’t expect it to be so “open handed.”
This dark monster is a breeze to light up. A quick guillotine cut will render it ready in under thirty seconds, and you will notice an immediate infusion of pure pepper. Its unavoidable, and I couldn’t believe the kick it gave me right away. I had no choice but to smoke it slowly, ie. cooling it, but even then it didn’t do much to mellow this cigar out. It’s a real “rough and ready Honduran,” and if you have found full bodied cigars to be too light for your enjoyment, give one of these a try. While the strength cannot be questioned, I was a bit disappointed with the complexity.
A light or full bodied cigar should have distinguishable flavors. This does have slight notes of strong coffee, but its just not very refined. Its a bit bitter, and while that does go away by the middle part of the cigar, its not a good way to start smoking. This smoke’s lack of complexity makes it only a fair value, and an average cigar at best, even though its certainly attractive enough. I like the dark wrapper, the aristocratic looking band, and the fact that the ash hangs off for a couple of inches.
That’s a sign of quality right there. You don’t have to get yourself out of breath by pulling on this cigar, as the filler is wrapped just right. I was able to blow some excellent smoke rings with this cigar, although several others in the room with me did remark that the smoke didn’t have the most pleasant flavor to it. I couldn’t agree more, as you can just tell this isn’t a very expensive or high quality product. Its a basic rough and ready beast that will kick you back, and it could be paired well with a fine Scotch, for a punch to the gut as well. At $4 each they are very affordable, and while they aren’t my particular favorites, they are interesting for a change of pace.