If you’re a lover of Cuban cigars, you’re likely a regular at La Casa del Habano, the official global retail network of cigar stores for Cuba’s Habanos company.
With more than 140 around the world, they’re mini-outposts of Cuba, typically offering a wide selection of cigars, walk-in humidors, plush seating and knowledgable staff.
In many countries, they’re the best (and only) place to get Cubans.
And they’re also all over Cuba, from the streets of Havana to more remote outposts like Pinar del Rio and Cayo Santa Maria, among others.
And one of the biggest perks of shopping in these shops is that Cuba often releases special cigars exclusively for Casas del Habano, which have included some of my all-time favorite cigars (the wonderful Bolivar Libertadores immediately comes to mind).
One of the latest on the shelves, particularly in Havana, is a special expression of the Hoyo de Monterrey marque: the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe.
Epicure is a big buzz word for habano lovers, thanks to Hoyo de Monterrey’s famous smokes like the Epicure Especial and the Epicure No. 2 (the latter among our favorites at Cuba Journal).
This short, stout cigar is sold in wooden slide-lid boxes of 10 cigars, with each smoke including the signature red tobacco-leaf band worn by every La Casa del Habano edition.
So what’s it like?
The Epicure de Luxe has a larger 52 ring gauge, with a length of 115mm.
Boasting a dark brown wrapper, the cigar’s aroma is the standout here, with complex notes of black cherry, cedar and clay.
The flavor profile has hints of spice and pepper, with a solid draw and a rich, creamy smoke. It’s a bit stronger than the average Hoyo, too.
As it burns, notes of milk chocolate begin to emerge on the palate.
It’s a small cigar, but it’s a must for any collection.
And now you know where to find it.
— Alexander Britell