Hoyo de Monterrey is another one of those cigar makers that is still in Cuba. They’ve been there for a few decades, and when the Cuban communists took over and killed many in the country, they also absorbed the cigar company. The owner had left the year before, and while the communists said that his leaving was ‘voluntary’, it is much more likely that he saw the writing on the wall and got out while he could take his money with him.
He came to the United States and began another Hoyo de Monterrey company, which he eventually sold, which was sold again, and eventually it ended up as a part of General Cigar Company, one of the largest cigar conglomerates in the world. They are now put together in Honduras, a country that has a lot of cigar history of its own, and one of the more popular locations for growing them, as well as being a country that the US government doesn’t have an embargo against. This means that unlike Cuban Hoyo de Monterreys, you can actually find these in your local humidor or on your favorite cigar shop online.
The Hoyo de Monterrey Black Box cigars are beautiful, dark, and flavorful. Beginning with the dark and oily wrapper, an Esteli-grown Habano Shade wrapper, and then adding an Ecuadorian Sumatran binder and filler from Nicaragua’s best tobaccos, you end up with a dark, full-bodied cigar with hints of spice and a lot of character. A cigar that you will enjoy if you are a lover of dark cigars at all, and one that is well worth a buy.