Take everything you like about the Hoyo Epicure No 2, try to remember what that is and then light Hoyo De Monterey’s Corona Gorda, the Epicure No 1. If the cigar has spent a few years in the humidor before you’ve clipped the foot, then you’ll be in for the time of your life. This cigar was from ’07 and I’m not sure I was prepared for what and how much it had to offer. It is 5.8 inches long and with a ring gauge of 46 which is thinner and longer than the Robusto so I considered, at first, that the two cigars would be very similar. Now in some ways they were but I believe that the beauty you want from the No 2 is right here but with a few subtle differences. If the Robusto is to be considered a medium strength cigar from Hoyo then classifying this as a light to medium would be fairly accurate, but I’d lean a little closer to the medium setting in my brain when smoking this very sophisticated vitola. A complex cigar right away after lighting, you’ll be dazzled with grassy herb notes and a high end woody finish that lasts for a wonderful length of time on the palate. Into the second third I started to detect more bean notes come into the forefront with sweet chocolate and very very subtle hits of vanilla. Throw in the occasional slight glimpse of toasted coconut and you may want to sit down for a moment and try to guess as to how they do it . How can fermented leaves, blended from different parts of a tobacco plant give us this? I’m guessing that reaching for a drink would be the thing to do at that point because you’ll need to settle down and keep from jumping up and pacing in circles, which is what I ended up doing. Second third in, I had a single malt in hand and then went for a quiet walk to look over the campsite we were staying at for two nights at the far end of Maligne Lake, just outside of Jasper, Alberta in one of Canada’s finest National Parks. A few cigars were packed away for this guided fishing and camping excursion and I enjoyed every one of them but the Epicure No 1 set the standard that sadly was never met with my subsequent cigars. Did I enjoy every one? Yes, lets get that straight right away, but the Hoyo was the Belle of the Ball.
In the cigar picture’s background I’ve tried to reveal the mountains at the end of our 13 mile troll, once you arrive you’ll be able to walk to the edge of the lake and incredible mountains wrap around the water, giving you breath taking views from all angles as you look out from the dock at the Coronet Creek Campground .
These campsites are managed very carefully by Parks Canada and limited numbers of campers are allowed each year so if you are very lucky, you may get a reservation here. The first thing you need to do is go visit “Online Sport and Tackle” in Jasper, get set up with a couple of guides who will give you the adventure of a lifetime. All fishing equipment, and guiding to the best spots on this sizeable lake will be taken care of by Jasper’s most experienced fishing guides and believe me, our guides George and Pete were at the top of their game. These two also made sure all food was supplied and prepared with great skill, we ate like royalty from morning till night during which we heard immense tales of monster fish caught and close encounters with local wildlife.
I was guided by George Tremel who knows this water very very well. Insist that these two great guides show you around one of the most beautiful lakes on our planet.
In closing, and I have to add that I’m smoking a Montecristo No 2 as I type this, Ha…