HDM Epicure No.1 (Feb.2007)
Wrapper: Medium Claro
Right out of the gate this cigar was medium-full in strength, medium body with a strong nutty and earth taste.
Through the retro-hale it had a spice that was almost unbearable (not normal for the Hoyo profile). For a Hoyo with 7+ years of age on it, it was very strong.
Still very nutty but now there is some citrus (orange peel) coming through and a tangy wood flavor. The retro is still way to spicy for me and I smoke all my cigars with a 50/50 mouth/nose ratio. The draw is tight but not uncomfortable and the burn is absolutely perfect. Ash is snow white.
The body is full and so is the strength. The earth now over powers the nut and the tangy wood is at the fore. Spice is picking up a lot. Very nice and cool burn, draw a little tight but nice, and strong for a Hoyo.
I would give this cigar a 89-90, even though it has 7 years a few more would bring it up to 90+ for sure.
I will be smoking a Cohiba Robusto from April 2010 next.
Thanks for reading,