Friday, May 20, 2016

Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrery Hermosos No.4 Añejados (GOP NOV-07)

A long time in a go in a country 90 miles away, Habanos S.A. had the idea of creating new and unique vitolas in the Global Brands. They would take these vitolas, age them for many years in Cuba and then release them to the market. When Habanos S.A. finally decided to open up the vault doors and release the vitolas last year, they were released in the newly established program called the Añejados program. They began with the Montecristo  and Romeo y Julieta brand, bur this year they announced an Añejado release for the Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrery brands. I was never a fan of the program after smoking multiple samples, but I am open to see how the new releases are and I am tackling the Hoyo de Monterrery Hermosos No.4 Añejados today.

Habanos: Hoyo de Monterrery Hermosos No.4 Añejados
Country of Origin: Cuba
Factory: La Corona
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba
Length: 127 mm (5.0")
Ring Gauge: 48
Production: Regular, but have been aged for five to eight years before being released. 

The Hoyo is a great size, no denying that, and it comes finished with a solid triple cap. The double bands really pop off of the wrapper, and it is a wrapper that is delivering a nice Colorado coloring overall. There are a few veins throughout, really scarce overall, and they are small to medium sized veins. The wrapper is still smooth and there is a slight press overall. I am getting a light aroma of hay, cedar and honey on the wrapper, and the foot is showing some qualities of similar notes with some dry earth on top of that.

The Hoyo opens up by showing some toasted cedar and spice notes. It really has an aroma of burnt cedar and there is some red pepper in there as well. I am picking up some coffee and cream notes with that, but other than that not much. I would classify the Habanos as being medium-full in body and flavors, and the strength is at a medium level. It is lacking in flavors and complexity and disappointing where it counts. Other than that, the construction is solid and it is producing a nice burn line with a solid charcoal ash on the end.

When I get into the second third I find that the flavor profile does not change at all from how it was smoking in the first third. It is still showing that cedar and pepper flavor profile, and it finishing with some light cream and coffee notes. Overall, this is what I expected from the release but I did go into it with an open mind. It is lacking in complexity and there is no transitioning. The construction is solid though, still producing that even burn line with solid charcoal ash, and I would say that the Habanos is smoking at a level between medium and medium-full for flavors, body and strength.

I am in the final third and there really isn't much to say. It is smoking the way it had in the first and second third and that is simply explained as disappointing. It is delivering those burnt cedar flavors that are paired with pepper, cream and coffee notes, and it is smoking at that medium-full level for body, strength and flavors. The construction is top notch though and it smokes well all the way to the nub, remaining cool and giving off a nice bit of smoke.

While the Hermosos No. 4 is a great vitola offering, I could smoke this offering all the time, the actual Habanos was a complete disappointment. I have not had any success with the Añejados program since it began, and when looking at these aged vitolas, I wonder how they blended them many years ago. They don't seem to stay in line with their respective brands, and for being as old as they are they have some strength to them. As I have said before, there was a lot of potential with the Añejados program when it was first announced, but they have failed to deliver what I believe they should have. Back to the Hoyo though, the construction was great and it had a solid medium-full body and strength throughout. If it had good flavors, it would have been a fantastic Habanos.

Young Rating: Inconclusive
With Age Rating: 82-84