Ring Gauge: 52
Factory Name: Epicure de Luxe
Type: Petit Robusto
Presentation: Box of 10s
Release Date: October 2012
Habanos S.A introduces the new HOYO DE MONTERREY EPICURE DE LUXE exclusively for La Casa Del Habano stores worldwide to complement the current Epicure range.
The Construction - A very smooth and elegant Colorado Claro wrapper with tiny yet unnoticeable veins. The Epicure De Luxe (or the Magicos) packs a tight roll with a 52 gauge ring which is the largest of the previous Epicure range sizes. A well constructed cigar as with all of Hoyo De Monterrey recent releases.
The Draw - Using a wide puncher on the cap gave a very clean opening for the draw. The draw it self is smooth and unobstructed where you can pick up on the fresh tobacco taste and the earthy aroma.
The First Burn - Offers a woody scent that has been picked up from the cedar with hints of some citrus. A clear draw with silky smoke and a somewhat sweeter scent. The De Luxe has a very even burn while the ash is dark and intact.
The Middle Burn - offers a pretty complex characteristics after mellowing out the first cedar/woody notes. It brings in a much more robust nutty flavors with light roasted coffee and black pepper that lingers in the back of the throat. The smoke is smooth and creamer than the first part. It Continues to burn even leaveing a black & grey ash that still to hold on.
The better part of smoke comes in right before the final burn where the characteristics take on a different role of becoming sweet almost caramel like aroma that stays in your mouth. quiet satisfying!
The Final Burn - continues to be sweet and the smoke quiet smooth. This Magicos has many reminiscent flavors and characteristics of the other Epicure range. The aromas, flavors and smoothness of a medium boded cigar maks it all a very enjoyable smoke.
The construction on the Epicure De Luxe is superb and that's fresh out of the box! You can only imagine what a little age can do to these beauties.
The Pairing - My Nespresso pairing for the HOYO DE MONTERREY DE LUXE would have to be the Rosabaya de Colombia. At intensity level 6, the light acidity and fruity notes will complement the characteristics of the Epicure De Luxe.