Like several of the heritage cigar brands available today, there are two versions of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand—Honduran and Cuban, though neither would have existed without the efforts of one man. It was 1831 when José Gener y Batet, just 13 years old, immigrated from Spain to Cuba. For twenty years, he worked his uncle’s tobacco plantation until he acquired enough money, skill, and cigar knowledge to break out on his own. He established a cigar factory in Havana and produced his own brand—La Escepción. La Escepción did well and José used the profits to purchase a farm named Hoyo de Monterrey. Soon he registered this name to use for his next cigar brand.
José’s Hoyo de Monterrey cigars were a hit, especially among the British. The brand would remain in the family for 30 years before it was sold to the same firm that owned the Punch and Belinda brands. The nationalization of Cuba’s tobacco industry by Castro’s communists forced the surviving member of this firm to flee to America where he would sell the Hoyo de Monterrey brand to Villazon & Co., which ultimately became a General Cigar subsidiary. They began producing cigars in Honduras under the guidance of the late cigar legend Estelo Padrón, who helped establish the brand as the first to cultivate a Cuban-Esque cigar from non-native soil.
Estelo Padrón is the man responsible for Hoyo de Monterrey Dark Sumatra cigars which first entered the marketplace in 2002. These sticks may have rolled out in the 21st century, but the Hoyo de Monterrey brand still uses 19th-century methods where the tobaccos cure and age organically through weather and wind.
The wrapper leaf on Hoyo de Monterrey Dark Sumatra cigars was discovered by Estelo Padrón in one of his warehouses. The unusual darkness of the sun-grown Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf adds an air of beauty and mystery to the cigar. Beneath this leaf is a Connecticut broadleaf binder. This binder holds a lively blend of long-fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. As the rich and creamy smoke engulfs your palate, expect leather, wood, and pepper flavor notes.
Please enjoy Hoyo de Monterrey Dark Sumatra cigars at your leisure.