12 responses

  1. Satch
    September 25, 2012

    I had one a couple of years ago. Haven’t had another. need I say more.


  2. Jag-Z
    September 26, 2012

    I once made this my main go-to cigar when I first got into premium cigars. Then my palate got trained on Habanas and Nicaraguans. When I went back to this Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibre I recoiled in horror, yelling,”AARRGH,this tastes like DIRT!” Another General Cigar exclusive. I’m relieved to see the above review. It may appeal to newbies to cigars somewhat.


  3. Heavy
    September 29, 2012

    Lol… Reminds me of the kind of sticks you buy when you first start out. Didnt like them then and won’t even smoke one if offered now. These are the kinds of sticks that CI and Thompson have on special all year long. Once you go premium you can never go back to this…honest review thx.


  4. DaveM
    November 23, 2012

    Well, I guess to each his own. I’ve always liked Excaliburs. I’d be happy to accept the 4 unsmoked ones from your 5-pack. :)


  5. Zen Cigar
    June 9, 2013

    My Review of the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Epicure Torpedo

    The Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur series is supposed to offer a little more flavor and quality than the regular Hoyo line. Made by General Cigar Co. the Epicure is one of their more popular frontmarks.

    This cigar is not bad at all; age has been very kind to it. It is a medium-bodied cigar; I taste a slight creaminess with wood, leather and some tobacco on finish.

    This was a well constructed cigar; it burned evenly and had long ash. It was not a complex cigar and there was really nothing bad to say about it. I liked it but can’t say I’ll go out and buy a box either.

    Rating: 86 (B)


  6. Reddogg
    August 6, 2013

    I just smoked one of these for the first time this afternoon and I’m glad to see I am not alone in disappointment! After seeing 92 ratings and hearing and reading many rave reviews I thought I’d give it a try. I wish I read thus review first! Not awful but not good just bland as hell with bitterness at the end. I also found the ash to be loose at times, the cap poorly constructed and the burn to need two corrections. Would not recommend.


  7. Kevin
    September 19, 2013

    2.5 stars is very generous. Had a decent first quarter but after that I wanted to put it but spent $6 on it. Disappointed


  8. Joel
    November 4, 2014

    Similar view here. Started off with some decent flavor and went kind of bland. Some creaminess remained. Wouldnt turn down this cigar, but probably won’t buy again any time soon. Might pair with some highland scotch.


  9. Duan
    September 7, 2015

    I bought these thinking they were the Especial of old, I quickly realised something was wrong when i opened the box and the look of joy rapidly diminished….I could see 2 cracked wrappers and that was only the top row! I smoked one of these within a couple of day and fought to find an ounce of flavour. I left them in humidor for 4 weeks and smoked another (both had the cracked wrappers) and still nothing. Now after 6 weeks I am smoking another a realising that these cigars are nothing like other Hoyo De Monterreys I have. I wouldn’t say they resemble a ‘cheap’ cigar, because there is a certain quality to them, just nothing burstin out at you. Have to retro a lot and draw slow. Won’t purchase again that’s for sure, would rather a maduro rothschild from Hoyo, completely different smoke and tonnes of flavour. Cheers CigarInspector for making me realise I am not going mad, this cigar is definitely lacking.


  10. DrewC
    August 14, 2016

    Agree with absolutely everything said in this review.

    I got one of these (for $11!) in Vegas when I wanted a stick, only to find out that one of my friends I hadn’t seen in awhile had quit smoking since I saw him last. Courtesy won out and I smoked it a week later.
    What a disappointment!
    Mine wasn’t as cracked as the reviewer’s stick, but the salty and rancid oil flavors predominated from start to finish. I suffered through 3/4 of my stick before I called it quits. Thankfully I only wasted $11 vs the $30 the OP did on his 5-pack, but there’s no mistaking my judgement-it was most definitely a waste. For 2/3 the money I could’ve gotten a Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Maduro and actually enjoyed the cigar I smoked. This one is going onto my “never again” list.


  11. Moe
    March 31, 2017

    You guys are funny. These are GREAT cigars! Red pepper? Grass? Vanilla?Really??? These are an earthy, leathery, creamy, coffee medium bodied smoke. It deserves a 92 rating for what it is. It does’nt claim to be the best cigar in the world, only a very good cigar. If you like wasting cash on overrated Padrons, have at it.


  12. JC
    July 19, 2018

    I found this cigar very good. Very smooth and burn was excellent. Draw,burn,and taste was superb. I thought it was better than the Cubanos that I smoked with the same name.


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