Formerly called the Excalibur 1066, the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Cameroon — purveyed by the fine people at General Cigar — features a Cameroon-grown wrapper with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a filler mix including Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan leaf. The Lancelot measures 7.25 x 52. Tasting notes follow, after having enjoyed three cigars from the same batch over three consecutive days (paired with mixed nuts and a mid-range tawny port).
Appearance. The cigar presented well, with a natural brown wrapper (dry with slight veins) and a pleasing, earthy initial aroma. The band was simple and elegant, and easily removed when necessary. Smoke was plentiful, both while being enjoyed and while at rest. 5/5
Construction. No issues with lighting or burning. The cigar maintained a firm ash and wasn’t prone to canoeing, plugging or wrapper splits. Good draw for the duration. Only issue — a minor point — is that the cap is fairly soft, making the initial punch more of an endeavour than it should have been for a cigar of this size. 4/5
Flavor. Tony would love this stick — there’s a pleasant flavor but not overwhelming, with a peppery kick and no lingering aftertaste. Slight earthy palate, and not especially complex. Agreeable, and neither too smooth nor too harsh; it paired nicely with nuts and port. 5/5
Value. This cigar retails in the West Michigan market for roughly $10.50 per stick. Given the high construction value, this price point seems on the high side of “about right.” 4/5
Overall Impressions. The Excalibur Cameroon line feels at home with Davidoffs — a well-constructed smoke with a peppery taste and a higher price point than its competition. This cigar is well worth working into a standard rotation. 4.5/5
For an alternative take, read the review from Cigar Inspector as well. I tend to side a bit more with Jason’s review than Ed’s, but in general I think we’re in agreement (they reviewed the robusto).