View Full Version : 1999 Hoyo de Monterrey le Hoyo des Dieux

06-05-2010, 02:25 PM
It's not very often that you pick up a cigar with very low expectations that turns out to be delicious. When it happens though it is great! I had one of these moments yesterday when I picked a Hoyo des Dieux from 1999 out of my humidor, expecting it to be as average as the younger one I had before. From the first puff though, I realised I was wrong! I thought I'd share my review with you

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Appearance & Construction 11 / 15 The Hoyo Des Dieus is a cigar that has never been famous for its good appearance and this stick is no exeption. The wrapper is light brown in colour with some prominent veins and wrinkles, slightly rough on touch, gives you the impression that the cigar has been rushed through the wrapping process! The cap is flat and well made and the bunch is normal, wits some softer spots along the cigar. The prelight draw is good and very mild woody aromas are present on the foot of the cigar.
Draw & Burn 23 / 25
The cigar draws and burns perfectly all the way through, delivering plenty of thick smoke with a long finish.The ash is grey, with a yellow hue that revealing the cigar’s age, and falls off rather quickly as expected from the soft bunch. Razor sharp burn, good combustion and a pyramid shape coal, this cigar requires no more attention after the initial light.
Flavour & Body 24/25
On the initial draw, the cigar presents strong tobacco flavours. A few puffs later and wood, earth and pepper are added to the mix. The Hoyo shows a good depth and complexity, unlike the young Des Dieux that seem flat.
On the second third the cigar gets even better. An intense vanilla sweetness appears, accompanying the prominent woody and earthy flavours. The body is medium to full, with good depth. So far I am very impressed!
On the last third the cigar has even more surprises. Full bodied with a spiciness and a toasty flavour added to the complex and balanced array of flavours. Wood, earth, grass, pepper, vanilla and a lot more that I could not identify… Absolutely delicious!
Overall Impression 34 / 35
Well, were do I begin from? This cigar has me gobsmacked! It had been sitting in my humidor in good while, not being into my first priorities. Having smoked a newer Des Dieux before that did not really give me anything to remember about, I thought this 11 year old stick would have been another mediocre smoke. Well, wasn’t I wrong? Great draw and burn, with depth and complexity that not many cigars would offer, this cigar definately tastes better than in looks! My only complaint apart from the appearance; it smokes too quick! 45 minutes, burning time, same as a demi corona on my pace. But then again, you can always smoke two! Now, where do I find a cab of 50???
TOTAL 92 / 100

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06-05-2010, 02:31 PM
Great review--I was considering getting some of these. Sounds like a fantastic candidate for long storage.

06-05-2010, 05:34 PM
Thanks lots for this review ! I have been wanting to try a des Dieux for awhile now and you have definitely added to my motivation !

06-05-2010, 06:12 PM
Nice review, certainly agree with your findings, one of my favs with a bit of age...:smoke:

06-05-2010, 06:41 PM
I had one of these the other week, AWESOME cigar! Maybe the best cigar ive smoked this year, wonderful sweet flavours. If anyone has the chance to get these, GET THEM!

06-05-2010, 06:44 PM
Wow great review.... i gotta try this (and no shuckins thats not a hint!!)

07-05-2010, 10:14 AM
Good review. When I was in Ireland, I picked up a 15 year old one the the Decent Cigar. It was one of the best cigars I've ever tasted and made me buy a box. What a difference! These are cigars you MUST lay down for at least 10 years!

07-05-2010, 10:36 AM
Love the ash picture! Can also stand behind the 'gar - love the smaller (and the the larger) Hoyo's.

09-05-2010, 10:18 AM
Yeah, I really like the Hoyos as well! From the du Maire to the Doble, they all taste great after being laid down!

09-05-2010, 12:53 PM
I score them that high when they are "on" as well.
Sadly my experience with La Hoyos of that time period,is one of inconsistency.