Hoyo de Monterrey Pre-Revolution History
Don Jose Gener y Batet, a young Spaniard, moved to Cuba at 13 in 1831. He initially worked on his uncle’s plantation in Vuelta Abajo. In 1850, Gener opened a factory in Havana, launching the successful La Escepcion brand.
By 1860, Gener expanded his operations by purchasing the Hoyo de Monterrey farm in the famous San Juan y Martinez area, known for Cuba’s finest tobacco. The Hoyo de Monterrey brand, registered in 1865, quickly gained international fame, especially in Britain, for its sweet, fragrant tobacco blends.
Gener returned to Spain in 1895 and passed away in 1900. His daughter, Lutgarda Gener, inherited the thriving business, which at that point was producing over 50 million cigars annually with 350 workers. However, after Gener’s death, the focus shifted more towards sugar cane, causing the cigar business to wane.
In 1931, the Hoyo de Monterrey brand, along with La Escepcion, was sold to Fernandez, Palicio y Cia, which already owned well-known brands like Punch and Belinda. The company continued to thrive under Fernando Palicio after Ramon Fernandez’s death in 1948.
Post-Revolution, production of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars continued uninterrupted. The brand maintained its popularity, a testament to its enduring quality and appeal.
Characteristics of Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars
Hoyo de Monterrey cigars are known for their soft, sweet, and mildly aromatic blend. A significant advantage is that these cigars don’t require extensive aging to taste great, even when new. However, they may not develop further depth beyond 15-20 years, which is more of an academic concern for most. The brand provides a delightful choice for those who prefer new, vibrant cigars and leaves plenty of options for aficionados of finely aged cigars. The Le Hoyo Series, with its more ‘woody’ profile, ages even better.
For cigar enthusiasts, Hoyo de Monterrey cigars offer a unique blend of history, tradition, and quality. The Cigar Holder offers a diverse selection of cigars, catering to all tastes and budgets. From budget-friendly sampler packs for those new to the cigar world, to luxurious, high-end leather cigar cases for the discerning collector, our range has something for everyone. Additionally, we provide a variety of affordable cigar accessories, ensuring that every cigar enthusiast finds exactly what they need. Whether you’re drawn to the historic charm of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars or seeking other premium options, The Cigar Holder is your go-to destination for quality and value.