Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Legend Crusader

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The Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Legend is a brand new cigar from Honduras which is touted as the most full flavored of the Hoyo Excalibur line. It sports a beautiful and oily Connecticut Havana seed wrapper which is the same tobacco used as a binder in the Dark Knight. This cigar also contains the same Connecticut havana seed as a binder and a filler blend of mainland Nicaraguan tobacco, proprietary tobacco from Ometepe, and a Dominican ligero. This cigar comes in three sizes: The Crusader (45x5 and 3/4), Challenger (50x5 and 1/4), and Conqueror (54x6 and 1/4). The prices range from $6 to $7.50 a cigar or $135 to $150 for a box of 20.
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I came across this cigar at my local B&M a couple of weeks ago when they just received their supply in. It looked amazing in it's cellophane and I knew that I had to purchase at least two to try them. I just recently smoked both of them and was just ecstatic about how well they tasted. So much so, that I sent my hubby back to the shop to pick up five more to keep in my humidor. Here is my review of the corona gorda Crusader:
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After unwrapping the cigar from it's cellophane I couldn't help but admire the beauty and aroma of this cigar. The wrapper is a very oily and luscious deep reddish brown hue with a few medium veins. The cigar band is elegant and matches the cigar perfectly with it's dark red and gold accents. The aroma of the cigar is very earthy with notes of dark mocha and spice amidst it's rich compost scent. I couldn't wait to cut and light this beauty.
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The feel of this cigar is very smooth like suede and quite oily to the touch. When I gave a slight pinch to the cigar, it felt hard and packed with tobacco, probably from the double wrap of Connecticut Havana seed tobacco. The pre-light draw was pretty firm yet manageable and it tasted of sweet and spicy tobacco. After lighting the cigar I was pleasantly surprised at the full body of the smoke being produced despite the tight draw.
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The flavor of this cigar starts off hitting the full mark immediately. It has a nice richness to it that just grabs your attention. Sweet vanilla over cedar and espresso with a long lingering finish of balanced hot spices like Asian cinnamon. This cigar exudes elegance when you smoke it. What this cigar lacks in complexity it more than makes up for in it's consistent taste of rich chewy leather and spicy peanuts on the finish for most of the smoke. I experienced no bitterness with this cigar.
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The burn characteristics were satisfactory. I did have to occasionally touch up the burn line but it wasn't anything drastic. The burn zone was nice and sharp as if applied by a pointy eye-liner pencil and blended ever so slightly. (I'm sure the women and a few Goth guys can relate to that description) The ash was tight and compact and very white. Many a cigar lover would appreciate the ash produced by this cigar.
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white ash right down to the tasty nub..
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Overall, I would say that this cigar is a strong contender for my favorite cigar of the year. It's a very nice full bodied and full flavored cigar which is smooth and well blended. I smoked both cigars down to the nub without experiencing any bitterness or harshness. The spicy finish should go well with your favorite red wine. If you happen to see this Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Legend at your local tobacconist pick some up. It is worth it and then some.





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