The Hoyo de Monterrey brand, first produced in Cuba 1865, remains one of the most desirable lines of premium handmade Cuban cigars. However, if you live in the United States, and you don’t travel abroad your chances of finding these gems remains very slim to none. Therefore, the question is often posed, If Not Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars, Then What?
Before we can answer that question, let’s talk about where the Cuban Hoyo is made and how it tastes. The Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey cigar owes its origin to the town of San Luis y Martinez, which lies at the heart of the world-famous Vuelta Abajo tobacco region, an area prized for its rich fertile soil and perfect tobacco growing weather. Rolled in a staggering number of sizes, it’s a medium to full bodied blend with tantalizing flavors of cocoa, cedar, white pepper, and unique hints of marshmallow. Top-notch construction and a sweet, smoky, vanilla-like aroma let you know that you are smoking the real deal.
Now, with that said, let’s have a closer look at three great premium handmade cigar brands that are similar in taste, and readily available right here in the good ole’ USA.
Hoyo de Monterrey
The first obvious choice would be the Honduran Hoyo de Monterrey, as the core line is the granddaddy of premium Honduran cigars. Handcrafted in Cofradia, Honduras, formerly by master maker Estelo Padrón, this Cuban marque has become a legend in its own right. Beginning with tobacco seeds smuggled out of Cuba in a diplomatic pouch, this was the first authentic Habana-style cigar made outside of Cuba. The cigar features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper atop an aged blend of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan fillers. After lighting, expect a bold and earthy Habana-style smoke that oozes with flavors and aromas of wood, cedar, espresso, spice, and a long creamy finish.
Next on tap is Hoyo’s sister brand, Punch cigars. also made in Honduras, Punch cigars have been providing cigar enthusiasts with a Cubanesque experience since they were first introduced way back in 1969. A medium to full bodied blend of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan fillers, covered by a stunning Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, provides mouthwatering nuances of wood, sweet spice, roasted nuts, and sweet cocoa.
La Gloria Cubana
Lastly, there’s the original La Gloria Cubana cigars— the brand that first brought fame to master blender and industry icon Ernesto Perez Carrillo. Starting as a full-bodied premium handmade cigar that Ernesto crafted for the locals at his small factory in Miami, Florida, a slew of top ratings from CA and other industry periodicals really transported this local brand to the world stage. Made in the Dominican Republic, this Cuban-style masterpiece is manufactured with a distinguished, robust blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos finished with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Rich oak, earth, pepper, and espresso accents provides an experience that will have you coming back for more!
If you can find the original Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey cigars consider yourself very lucky, if not, we think these three top-shelf brands will come as close as you can get without needing a plane ticket and a passport.