Hoyo de Monterrey Roundup

Vale the vile Hoyo! As is tradition for the Harem, I provide you now with an essential piece of consumer advice: a mostly complete ranking, from best to worst, of the special edition cigars from the hole of Monterrey.

Of course, when it comes to Hoyo there is one piece of consumer advice I should offer you before all others: “do not buy.” To your host they have near unanimously proved to be insipid cigars: cedar, light tobacco, and nothing much else. When considering a purchase of any Hoyo, my recommendation is that you take a few steps to the left and buy a Monte 4 instead. If they’re all out of those then I guess you need to hope that they still have the 2004 HdM Humidor.

  1. Hoyo de Monterrey Monterrey Hoyo de Monterrey Humidor 2004
  2. Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure Edición Limitada 2013
  3. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan
  4. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux
  5. Hoyo de Monterrey Extravaganza Colección Habanos 2003
  6. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe La Casa del Habano Exclusivo 2012
  7. Hoyo de Monterrey Petite Robustos
  8. Hoyo de Monterrey Piramide Edición Limitada 2003
  9. Hoyo de Monterrey Double Epicure Duty Free Exclusivo 2010
  10. Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos Edición Limitada 2007
  11. Hoyo de Monterrey Elegantes La Casa del Habano Exclusivo 2016
  12. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2
  13. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 1
  14. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial
  15. Hoyo de Monterrey Particulares Edición Limitada 2000

Notably absent: the 510 Humidor cigar, the 2004 Epicure Especial LE, the 2011 Short Pirámides LE, the Replica Ancient humidor Maravillas No. 1, the Maravillas from the 2015 Habanos Collection, the Aged Habanos Hermosos No. 4, and the Epicure No. 2 Reserva. Feel free to send the cigars if you really must put me through that.

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Romeo y Julieta Roundup

Below, gentle readers, lies a mostly complete cross section of the exotic cigars released under the marque of Romeo y Julieta. It is exactingly ranked in descending order from zenith to nadir, and no Romeo cigar can be rationally purchased without first consulting it.

  1. Romeo y Julieta Aguilas 130 Aniversario Humidor
  2. Romeo y Julieta Fabulosos No. 6 Colección Habanos 2004
  3. Romeo y Julieta Romeos Réplica de Humidor Antiguo 2008
  4. Romeo y Julieta Hermosos No. 3 510 Aniversario Humidor
  5. Romeo y Julieta Romeos 125 Aniversario Humidor
  6. Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Habanos Añejados 2014
  7. Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No.2 Edición Limitada 2000
  8. Romeo y Julieta Duke Edición Limitada 2009
  9. Romeo y Julieta Double Corona 125 Aniversario Humidor
  10. Romeo y Julieta Hermosos No. 1 Edición Limitada 2003
  11. Romeo y Julieta Churchill Reserva Cosecha 2008
  12. Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe La Casa del Habano Exclusivo 2014
  13. Romeo y Julieta 109 130 Aniversario Humidor
  14. Romeo y Julieta Petit Piramides Edición Limitada 2005
  15. Romeo y Julieta Escudos Edición Limitada 2007
  16. Romeo y Julieta De Luxe Edición Limitada 2013
  17. Romeo y Julieta Churchills
  18. Romeo y Julieta Petit Coronas
  19. Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs
  20. Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe No. 2

Notable absentees are the 2001 Edición Limitada Robustos, the 2004 Edición Limitada Hermosos No. 2, and the Wide Churchills Gran Reserva, all of which I was unable to obtain in sufficient quantity for this series. I will add them to this list in the event that they ever cross my ashtray. If you think you can help, by all means, please reach out.

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H. Upmann Roundup

The below list, ranked in order from best to worst, comprises the definitive, essential guide to exotic and limited H. Upmann cigars. One note: compared to my Partagás and my Montecristo roundups, this Upmann one covers a much narrower field. The highly ranked cigars are excellent, but not life changing; the lowly ones are mediocre, but not disgusting.

  1. H. Upmann Magnum 48 Edición Limitada 2009
  2. H. Upmann Robustos Edición Limitada 2012
  3. H. Upmann Noellas La Casa del Habano Exclusivo 2009
  4. H. Upmann Robustos 520 Aniversario
  5. H. Upmann No. 2 Reserva Cosecha 2010
  6. H. Upmann Sir Winston
  7. H. Upmann Royal Robusto La Casa del Habano Exclusivo 2011
  8. H. Upmann Tacos Imperiales Réplica de Humidor Antiguo 2006
  9. H. Upmann Monarcas
  10. H. Upmann Travel Humidor Robusto
  11. H. Upmann Connossieur A Habanos Specialist Exclusive 2013
  12. H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1
  13. H. Upmann Magnum 50
  14. H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 160th Aniversario Humidor
  15. H. Upmann No. 2 160th Anniversary Humidor
  16. H. Upmann Prominentes 160th Aniversario Humidor
  17. H. Upmann Petite Coronas
  18. H. Upmann Magnum Especiales Colección Habanos 2007*

The only notable absentee from this list at time of writing is the Magnum 50, Edición Limitada 2005. It, along with the as yet unreleased Butifarra, will be added just as soon as I can lay my hands on them. On that note, the exotic fires described in Dusky Beauties are made possible entirely by the generosity of the collectors who contribute them: they have my eternal gratitude. If you would like to contribute something yourself, please reach out.

*although in fairness, I think my example may have been contaminated.

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Colección Habanos Roundup

This list is the cigars from the first ten years of the Colección Habanos series, ranked in order from best to worst. It may be updated at some stage to include cigars released post-2011, but at the moment I deem them to be too young.

  1. Montecristo Maravillas No. 1 (2005) – so good I smoked it twice, with identical results.
  2. Cohiba Sublimes Extra (2008)
  3. Trinidad Torre Iznaga (2006)
  4. Romeo y Julieta Fabulosos No. 6 (2004)
  5. Bolívar Gran Belicoso (2010)
  6. Partagás Serie C No. 1 (2002)
  7. Hoyo de Monterrey Extravaganza (2003)
  8. San Cristobal de Habana O’Reilly (2009)
  9. H. Upmann Magnum Especiales (2007)
  10. Cuaba Salomones (2001)

Partagás Roundup

Below is a list, ranked from best to worst, of the Partagás cigars smoked so far on this blog. It will be updated from time to time.

  1. Partagás 109 150th Anniversary Humidor
  2. Partagás Robustos Extra 155th Anniversary Humidor
  3. Partagás Grand Pyramid 160th Aniversario Humidor
  4. Partagás Piramides Edición Limitada 2000
  5. Partagás Serie C No. 1 Colección Habanos 2002
  6. Partagás 109 165th Aniversario Humidor
  7. Partagás Selección Privada Edición Limitada 2014
  8. Partagás Serie C No. 3 Edición Limitada 2012
  9. Partagás Serie P No. 1
  10. Partagás Salomones
  11. Partagás Culebras
  12. Partagás Sobresalientes Réplica de Humidor Antiguo
  13. Partagás Serie D Especial Edición Limitada 2010
  14. Partagás Serie D No. 2 Edición Limitada 2003
  15. Partagás Serie D No. 5 Edición Limitada 2008
  16. Partagás Serie D No. 4

The list above does not represent a complete roundup of the Partagás special releases, even at the time of publication, as unfortunately, I have yet to obtain some cigars. These are listed below, and will be added to the ranked list if and when I smoke them. A fan of Dusky Beauties? Here is your chance to perpetuate it: send cigars. I can be contacted at atgroom@cubancigarwebsite.com.

Partagás Serie D No. 3 Edición Limitada 2001
Partagás Royals de Partagás 510 Aniversario Humidor
Partagás Serie D No. 1 Edición Limitada 2004
Partagás Serie D No. 4 Reserva Cosecha 2000
Partagás Serie D No. 3 Edición Limitada 2006
Partagás Serie C No. 3 Edición Limitada 2012
Partagás Lusitanias Gran Reserva

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Montecristo Roundup

Presented below is a list with which I attempt to place every Montecristo cigar reviewed in this column into an extremely subjective ranked order, from best to worst.

Should another Montecristo cigar ever appear in these pages, I will update this list to include it.

It’s worth noting, I suppose, that while you should certainly take this list as absolute gospel (and conduct no purchase without first referring to it), the greater pleasure in cigar smoking is to be found in good company, in warm afternoons outdoors, and in the bottom of quality glassware (not to mention in the composing of self-indulgent prose). Your experience may vary is what I’m getting at. I’ll endeavour to revisit a few of these from time to time and report back if mine does.

  1. Montecristo Maravillas No.1 Colección Habanos 2005
  2. Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109 Edición Regional Mexico 2007 (possibly)
  3. Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2005
  4. Montecristo Grand Edmundo Edición Limitada 2010
  5. Montecristo 520 Edición Limitada 2012
  6. Montecristo B Compay Centennial Humidor
  7. Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109 Edición Regional Mexico 2007
  8. Montecristo Sublimes Edición Limitada 2008
  9. Edmundo Dantes Conde 54 Edición Regional Mexico 2011
  10. Montecristo A Montecristo Humidor
  11. Montecristo Double Corona Edición Limitada 2001
  12. Montecristo No. 4 Reserva Cosecha 2002
  13. Montecristo Dunhill Selección No.1
  14. Montecristo Robusto Edición Limitada 2006
  15. Montecristo Robusto Reserva del Milenio
  16. Montecristo Double Corona Réplica de Humidor Antiguo
  17. Montecristo No. 2 510 Aniversario Humidor
  18. Montecristo No. 4 Compay 95 Aniversario Humidor
  19. Montecristo No. 4
  20. Montecristo Salomones II Montecristo Humidor
  21. Montecristo Salomones II Compay 95 Aniversario Humidor
  22. Montecristo Robusto Edición Limitada 2000 (construction issue)
  23. Montecristo D Edición Limitada 2005
  24. Montecristo C Edición Limitada 2003
  25. Montecristo Open Regata

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