Hoyo De Monterray Churchill – Year Unknown

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I wanted to try something out of my wheelhouse and a bigger cigar tonight. I recently conducted a trade with a great SOTL. Figured I would give HdM a try again, seeing my last HdM I smoked was plugged. (see the HdM Short Corona review)

Let’s see how it is progressing.

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The Hoyo De Monterray Churchill is a lovely looking cigar. This is a Julieta No. 2 vitola and comes in at a 47 ring gauge and is 7 inches in length. These were discontinued in 2012 and came in dress boxes of 25 cigars. Not sure of the year of this though…

The wrapper is a nice honeyed brown colour. Very faint aromas from the wrapper. All I am getting right now is chocolate chip cookies?!?

The wrapper itself is a nice and smooth to the touch. Well applied.

The construction of the cigar is quite good. Feels a little firm however, I don’t think it will be an issue.

The triple cap looks good as well. Nicely rounded. Should take easy to my punch. The foot is nicely packed as well

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Draw is good. Nice air flow with a slight resistance.

Initial flavours are: woodiness and honey

Time to take this to the flame….

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First Third
Heavy cedar and woody notes; a touch of earth, chalk and leather round out the profile. Fairly strong and pronounced flavours off the get go.

Strength is at a medium level right now.

Draw is excellent. Great air flow that allows for full, long draws. Nice smoke production. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey and the burn line is razor sharp. We are off to a good start.

The after finish is fairly complex. cedar, oak, earth, chalk and leather coat the palate nicely. Not overpowering but enough to make its presence felt.

Pairing this tonight with a Highland Park 21 Murray McDavid bottling. Distilled in 1989. Part of the Murray McDavid Mission Gold Limited Edition Range. Only 645 bottles produced.

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Some bottle information

Bottled at cask strength
Distilled at Highland Park Distillery
Cask type: Bourbon/Grenache Blanc
Enhanced in: Bamyuls Casks
Bottled at Bruichladdich in 2010
50.3% alc/vol
Not coloured
Not Chill Filtered
Casks selected by Jim McEwan
Bottle 349 of 645 bottles produced

The Mission Gold Range is a collection of some of the older and rarer casks in our cellars chosen for their outstanding quality and uniqueness.

My quick notes on the scotch:
cloying sweet; reminds me almost of a 30 year old tawny port. Not peaty at all. A little heat but nothing to worry about. Nectarines, honey and marachino cherries, a hint of bourbon cask, very smooth. Very dangerously easy to drink. Neat. No ice or water. Wowzers!!!!

The pairing is quite nice. The sweetness and heat from the scotch is a perfect foil for the deep woody and earthy flavours of this cigar. Quite enjoyable.

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Second Third
This is a very subtle cigar. Strength has moved to mild/medium category. Has leaned towards more earthy, chalk and leather now. Cedar and woody notes add more depth.

Not overly complex. Pretty straight forward so far. A nice smoke, none the less. I do wish it had a little more OOMPH in the strength category as there aren’t many overt changes in the flavour profile.

Burn and draw continue to be excellent. Smoke production equally good.

Going well with the scotch. Too well. At this rate, I might get a little tipsy. Time to slow it down a bit as I have an early morning. LOL

After finish is still fairly long. A little one dimensional though. A pick up in strength would do this a world of good.

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Final Third
Still fairly consistent flavour profile. Not much change in terms of actual flavours or strength of flavours. Pretty straight forward.

Strength continues to be at a mild to medium level. Very easy to retrohale.

After finish continues to deliver its core flavours of earth, leather, cedar, chalk and woody notes. Not much change in terms of range of flavours or nuance of flavour.

Burn, draw and smoke production remain excellent.

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Final Impressions
An easy cigar to smoke at this point. Unfortunate that I don’t know the year of the cigar. Not sure how well it will age, considering how mild it was and the flavours, although present, didn’t really change much throughout the cigar. A nice cigar to have to chat with friends.

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