Dual Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066

Origin : HondurasArturo Fuente
Format : Robusto (Merlin)
Size : 5.25 x 50
Wrapper : Cameroon
Binder : USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Filler : Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $68.95 / box of 20
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Below is the second dual review in our series of 6.

Ed: Excalibur 1066 is a product from Hoyo de Monterrey (General Cigar). The cigar is named for the year of the Norman Conquest of England. Although William the Conqueror led the Normans to victory, several of the vitolas are named after King Arthur and several of the members of the court (Galahad and Lancelot). Today’s dual review feature is named after the Merlin - Arthur’s wizard, prophet, and adviser. In the Excalibur 1066 line, Merlin is the name given to the robusto.

Stephen: According to the Cigar World website, this line is no longer called the Excalibur 1066, it's now the Excalibur Cameroon. However, they don't say that any change was made to the blend. These cigars are available in 4 sizes and are made at the Honduras American Tabaco factory in Cofradia, Honduras.

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Perdomo Reserve Criollo 10th Anniversary

Perdomo Reserve Criollo 10th Anniversary

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Cuban-Seed Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Celebrating 10 years of the Perdomo Reserve line of cigars, Tabacalera Perdomo released the 10th Anniversary Edition sometime last year (if memory serves). Dressed in a smooth and oily cuban-seed Criollo wrapper the 10th Anniversary is a good looking cigar. They are available in five sizes:

  • Figurado 5.75″ x 56
  • Robusto 5.0″ x 54
  • Epicure 6.0″ x 54
  • Churchill 7.0″ x 54
  • Torpedo 7.0″ x 54

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Ashton ESG 20 Year Salute

Ashton ESG 20 Year Salute

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 6.75 x 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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After a delicious late lunch of grilled chicken kabobs and a couple of outstanding craft brews, my loving wife and I decided to finish out our day with a couple of cigars. Her choice for the early evening, was an Ashton VSG Enchantment, while I decided on a slightly longer venture with an Ashton ESG 20 year salute.

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Montecristo 75th Aniversario

Montecristo 75th Aniversario

Origin : Dominican RepublicMontecristo
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras and Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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Hello all. The Tollaficionados are back to review one of the most consistently excellent brands on the market. Let’s see if this member of its elite family holds true to its siblings standards. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Montecristo 75th Aniversario.

Our good friends at Altadis, USA recently released these celebratory sticks, and Nick, Sr. and I were able to get our hands on a few. Not an easy get, I assure you! These babies have been anticipated and talked about for some time now, and to obtain them, especially this early takes connections or a great deal of luck. The 75th is of limited release, so put your backorder in now so that you can sample a few yourselves. Now on to the review…

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Alejandro Robaina dies at 91

Alejandro Robaina

Today is a very sad day for the cigar industry. The legend of Cuban cigars, Alejandro Robaina, died Saturday at the age of 91.

HAVANA — Cuban tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina, an international symbol of the island's cigar-making prowess, died Saturday. He was 91.

Cuban state television announced his death, and the state tobacco concern Habanos SA, which produces the Robaina brand cigar, said on its website that he was the "victim of a somber illness."

The only Cuban grower with a cigar brand named after him, Robaina traveled for decades as an unofficial global ambassador for the island's stogies. Into his final days, he could be found smoking cigars in a rocking chair on his front port in San Luis, in westernmost Pinar de Rio Province.

He worked the fields in Vuelta Abajo, Cuba's most-famous cigar-growing region, where Habanos — a joint venture between the communist government and Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group PLC — produced Robainas.

Born in the town of Alquizar on March 20, 1919, Robaina began working his family's fields from the time he was 10. He remained in Cuba when that land was nationalized after the revolution that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista and brought Fidel Castro to power on New Year's Day 1959.

Robaina became famous for the top-quality tobacco he helped produce and was honored numerous times by the Castro government.

"He left an indelible mark on the history of Cuban tobacco," Havana's Radio Reloj reported.

There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.

Copyright Associated Press

Cigar of the Week: Don Pepin Garcia Blue

Among the cigars that Pepin Garcia produces under his own name, the Blue Label must be one of the most popular and consistent. With a Nicaraguan oscuro wrapper, this puro is positioned as a full-bodied cigar with strongly expressed spicy flavors.

Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Where to get it?

DPG Blue Label cigars sell for less than $9 per stick, depending on the vitola, especially if bought by box. Check out the prices here.

Whisky Review: Bowmore 12 Year Old

Bowmore 12 Year Old

Here is a monthly whisky review, written by Martin from WhiskyCritic.com. Enjoy!

They don’t come much older than Bowmore (which, on a side note, means Great Reef); receiving their licence in 1779, they are the oldest distillery in the Islay region.

The 12 year is the standard installation of the Bowmore range, and as such is the one most commonly found in the cupboards of your average whisky drinker. The distillery has earned a good name throughout its existence, producing several varieties which have all been praised for the well-rounded, smoky, peaty character.

If you enjoy Laphroaig, you will quite likely enjoy Bowmore as well – in fact, it has, on more than one occasion, been referred to as a sweeter version of Laphroaig (by me, anyway!) as they share many of the same characters, but the Laphroaig has a slightly more overwhelming smokiness.

The fact that it is sweeter than Laphroaig means that Bowmore doesn’t necessarily need water (for the purpose of this review, I drank it neat), however you can add a drop or two with a clear conscience. If you don’t like too much smoke hitting your nostrils, you may be best off serving this particularly single malt in a tumbler.

Eye: A classic golden.

Nose: Immediate smokiness upon first setting your nose to the rim, followed by a well balanced mix of heather-honey, dried apricots, liquorice, iodine and tar. I’ve heard a couple of enthusiasts report a hint of citrus, which went past me.

Taste: Once again there is no arguing with the smokiness, and the balance of the flavours is nearly perfect. The initial smokiness and tar flavour is mellowed beautifully by the mouth-watering sweetness of apricot and honey; the liquorice is brought out chiefly upon swallowing, which also bring back further smokiness, while the sweetness of apricot lingers patiently at the sides of your tongue.

If I were to summarise my opinion of this whisky, the only thing I could say is that everyone should have one in their collection. Not only is it a classic, and one of the best known brands out there, but absolutely delicious. I suppose I should mention its price, too (keep your hat on for this one): you can pick it up from about £22/$35! What are you waiting for?

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

Origin : NicaraguanMy Father Cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The My Father Le Bijou 1922 is an extension of the My Father line which was created by Jose Pepin Garcia’s Son Jamie to honor his father Pepin. Well Pepin created the Le Bijou himself to honor his father, Jamie’s grand father. Le Bijou means The Jewel and the 1922 is Pepin’s father’s birth year. It is a good looking cigar. The wrapper has a dry matte finish to it and it looks like a carved piece of dark wood. This is another cigar that sports 2 cigar bands. They are ornate, and beautiful, and large which is odd looking on this petite robusto as most of its length is covered up by the two bands. Though dual bands have become a bit of an annoyance for me lately as they have become more commonplace; on a positive note the bands on the Le Bijou always come off very easily and I have not had one yet that damaged the wrapper. Because this vitola is so short and the bands are so large, you really need to remove one if not both of the bands before you smoke it. Again, annoying but not too much so since they do come off easily.

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