Upon request, the review this week is the Hoyo de Monterrey Sambrosa EMS. This stick weighs in at 5 inches long with a 40 ring gauge and is priced under $30.00 per box of 25. The cigar is made up of an Ecuadorian Sumatra Wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf Binder, and Fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.
While inspecting the cigar I found the wrapper to have a good amount of heavy veins. When I ran my fingers across the wrapper it felt rough and lumpy but firm when pinched. The wrapper also had a dry appearance and had a wide range of color variations throughout the length of the stick.
After spending a couple of minutes inspecting the cigar I moved on to the cutting and lighting process. Both were quick and easy, and before long the cigar was producing a decent volume of thick smoke. Each puff left me with a thick syrupy feel, as if the smoke left a thin coating throughout my mouth. The initial body was in the medium range while the finish was mildly dry but smooth. The base flavor at this point was a typical tobacco flavor with a woody aftertaste.
The first third started off pretty well. The draw was a little firm but manageable. The volume of smoke was decent while putting off a mild aroma in the room that was pleasant. The base flavor remained a rich tobacco flavor with a woody background while the finish remained mildly dry and smooth. The body remained in the Medium spectrum and rounded out the cigar well.
While working my way through the second third I found the smoke to be very consistent. The base flavor was predominantly a rich tobacco flavor with a slowly building woody background. The finish remained slightly dry but smooth. The body remained firmly planted in the Medium range. The draw seemed to get a little better but was still firm while producing a slow and even burn.
The final third was a little bit of a shock. All of a sudden there was a spike in the body and flavor of the cigar. The body was suddenly Medium to Full while the flavor seemed to become deeper and richer. The base flavor turned to more of a Woody flavor with Nutty and Leathery flavors mixing back and forth. The finish was still slightly dry but lingered on the palate for a minute or so longer than before. The draw seemed to get a little better while the burn rate remained slow and even. The ash was dark grey and as firm as could be expected with a 40 ring gauge cigar.
Overall I think that this is a good value cigar to keep on hand. The small size makes it a good smoke when you are short on time and fits into the middle of the day well. While the sudden increase in body and flavor was surprising it was a nice change of pace. After smoking several of these over the past couple of weeks, I think that they will be becoming a regular item in my humidor.
5 thoughts on “Hoyo de Monterrey Sambrosa”
A question: Have you found that prominent veins in the wrapper correspond to unpleasant flavors? I have not found that to be the case, and your review affirms my experience. I don’t worry about the appearance of a cigar, as long as I am getting flavors and aromas that I like.
Take the Padrons, for example: lumpy and sometimes even crooked overall, but a lot of flavor for your money.
I will pick one of these up next time I stop at a tobacco shop. I never tried a Hoyo before.
Thank you for the review.
thanks for doing this review.
The cigar sound good. I’m going to order a box soon, thanks again.
For me, I never considered veins to make a differenc in the way a cigar tastes. Whenever I point out that a cigar has a lot of visible veins its usually because I think it will affect a cigars burn. More veins, more burn problems.
I really like Hoya rothchilds. They seem to stay smooth throughout the entire cigar. I haven’t tried the cigar you reviewed, but I definitely plan to.
I realy enjoy your site.
I have pretty much the same feeling as Jerry on this one. O typically see heavy veins as a potential burn problem and do not worry too much about them creating negative flavors.
Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you enjoy the site.
It was my pleasure. If you want to see any others review feel free to ask. Brian, Jerry, and I are always looking for an excuse to try a new cigar