It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a new collaboration between Hoyo de Monterrey and A.J. Fernandez. The Hoyo La Amistad features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×54 stick. It retails for $7.59.
On the cold draw, I find a slight fruitiness. The wrapper produces a barnyard aroma, while I smell cherry out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nuttiness with black pepper spice. Through the nose, there is more black pepper with a sweetness to the smoke. The finish gives me black and red pepper with spicy leather.
Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up black pepper with toast and coffee. Through the nose, red pepper dominates. The finish offers dried cherry notes on top of black pepper and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to forty minutes. There is no change on the draw. Through the nose, I find more red pepper with the addition of earth. The finish hits me with spicy cinnamon on top of cedar and more dried cherry. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.
The final third closes out at an even hour. The draw melts with cedar, caramel, and coffee. On the retro-hale, I find sweet toast with red pepper. Cinnamon and cedar come through on the finish. Strength and body finish out at consistently at the medium-to-full mark.
The Hoyo La Amistad is an enjoyable smoke. It offers good flavors with a moderate amount of complexity. It won’t blow your mind, but for under $8, it’s a good cigar that you don’t have to put a lot of thought into. I recommend giving this one a try.