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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Rocky Patel Winter Series 2009

Rocky Patel Winter Series 2009

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Pennsylvania Maduro
Binder : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full Bodied
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each

This is a guest cigar review by Austin Fruechting, a cigar aficionado and entrepreneur. Feel free to follow him on Twitter!

My name is Austin Fruechting, and I have been a cigar enthusiast for the past few years. I began smoking a pipe seven years ago and dabbled in cigars. After a couple years, cigars became my dominant preference. I believe there is nothing better than to socialize around, or relax with, a cigar, especially if paired with a good scotch or wine. Some of my favorite cigars include most of the Tatuaje line, Padron 64’s & 26’s, and Oliva V’s & Cains. I am an entrepreneur and my passion for business and for cigars has lead to the opening of my own cigar and wine bar, The 7th Street Reserve, which is scheduled to be open in the summer of 2010.

This is cigar is part of Rocky Patel’s limited release series and was gifted to me by a great BOTL.

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Camacho CLE

Camacho CLE

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran (Corojo)
Filler : Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$200 for the travel bag (see below)
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This little puppy, known as Christian's Blend, is currently unique to the Signature Blends travel bag, which only includes 4 CLEs, is an extremely limited and hard to find cigar. Thanks to Matt for hooking me up on the BOTL forum.

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5 Vegas Series A Apostle

5 Vegas Series A

Photo credit: 5 Vegas website

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Costa Rica
Filler : Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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We've got a video review of the 5 Vegas Serie A Apostle today, courtesy of Ernie. Enjoy!

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Por Larranaga Cuban Grade

Por Larranaga Cuban Grade

Origin : Honduras (Altadis USA)Por Larranaga
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 44 x 140 (5.5 in)
Wrapper : Mexico San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Honduran
Binder : Mexican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$2-3 per stick
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At the recent celebration of my mother-in-law's marriage I had the opportunity to share a beer and cigar with my sister-in-law's husband (my brother-in-law-in-law?). He is a smoker, but not of tobacco products, so I wanted to give him something with a good flavor, but that wouldn't have him running to the bathroom. Enter the Por Larranaga Cuban Grade. A while ago I discovered this cigar as a cheap, favorable, mild cigar that is perfect with coffee, or to pass out to non-smokers.

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Camacho Liberty 2009

Camacho Liberty 2009

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : 11/18 roll (~ Toro)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Habano
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : $100 for 5 cigars
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Every summer since 2002, Christian Eiroa releases a special summer cigar in the Liberty brand. The Camacho Liberty 2009 was released in July of 2009, and only 40,000 of these were made. The filler and binder are grown in the Eiroa’s farm in Jamastran, Honduras. For those lucky enough to have a cigar from each release, this would be an interesting comparison among all of them. This is my first experience with the Liberty brand.

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Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro Grande
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Binder : Mexican
Filler : Honduran / Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$91.95 for a box of 20
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Rocky Patel delivers a private reserve cigar great to honor one of the world’s best pipemakers (Erik Nording). I had three in my humidor which were given to me by a close friend of mine, and I had enjoyed all three tremendously. I smoked the last one in order to write this review. The cigar (when available) can be found in four vitolas: a Robusto (5.5 x 52); a Torpedo (5 X 54); a Toro (6.5 X 52); and the subject of today’s review, the Toro Grande, a 6 x 58 masterpiece.

I looked in several websites to track down who carries it and how much are they running, but it was difficult to find a retailer that had them in stock. Most of them were listed as “Backorder.”

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Padilla Cazadores Robusto

Padilla Cazadores Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $24 / 5-pack
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The Padilla family has been a cornerstone in the cigar industry for many years. The family history has been featured in many write-ups and websites. From their factories in Miami and Nicaragua, they have created great cigars such as the Signature 1932, the Serie 68, the Miami 9/11, and today’s featured cigar the Padilla Cazadores. This review will focus on the Cazadores Robusto.

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