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I started smoking cigars when I was 20 through the influence of the father of a friend who was a big fan of Cuban cigars. He had a reliable source from Cuba and I lived in the US at the time. My first cigar being a Cohiba, I obtained a slight disposition for fine Cuban cigars. I came across the Hoyo de Monterrey during a trip to Costa Rica, where I was delighted to find a cigar that was smooth and not as strong as your Cohibas or Bolivars. The Epicure no. 2 is a robusto which draws well and is a pleasant smoke...not being to hard on the throat! If you enjoy Romeo and Julieta robustos, a Partagas D4 or the occasional Montecristo Torpedo, this is a pleasant surprise and a bit harder to find. I highly recommend it and if abroad in mainland Europe, a lot easier to find for a 3rd of the UK price. In fact most cigars are about half or a 3rd of the price. Hope you can find one and enjoy the smoke. As usual a fine Armagnac to accompany it is perfect!