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Overall Rating 4.57 out of 5 Based on 53 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Excalibur”

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5 out of 5
Still the best
Every summer I purchase these great sticks and with every light, puff and burnt finger I am reminded that the #2 maduro is still simply the best.
5 out of 5
Brad Parsons - Berlin, CT
I enjoy the consistency of the Excalibur No. 660 and have never been disappointed.
5 out of 5
Everything is consistent. The draw is even, the craftsmanship is exceptional. Definitely a favorite.
5 out of 5
Unfailing quality
These I gave to a friend and have had several. From his reaction, these were spot on, as he smoked it to the nub. For a quality flavorful medium bodied cigar, the Excalibur always delivers .
5 out of 5
My current favorite!!
I have gone thru the "phases" of cigar smoking. First only mild, then a little stronger, then full bodied. Wow, I now actually have reverted to the mild/medium cigars. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt on the power houses. These Hoyo's are just wonderful. Strong enough to enjoy yet mild enough to not feel it in your belly. Great flavor. Also love the Cameroon wrapper Hoyo's. Will try the Maduro's soon. If they are good, I will probably just keep these 3 in my humi. Good mix, perfect burn and draw and great flavors. I keep reaching for them instead of the other 25 or so premiums in my humi. They are mostly Med/Full to Full. Just don't enjoy them as much as the Hoyo's.
5 out of 5
Always Great!
Very consistent....smooth smoke, easy draw and just enough taste to keep you interested. Highly recommended!
5 out of 5
Good Cigar!
Good taste, burns well! Will purchase this cigar again!
3 out of 5
Craftsmanship dissappointing
When the craftsmanship is good it is a very enjoyable smoke with a smooth finish. Unfortunately about one in 3 have hard "knots" of tobacco which destroy the taste. Expected better from Hoyo de Monteray
4 out of 5
Excellent smoke, but...
I enjoy the Excalibur No 660, but was disappointed with the shipment itself. The cigars were extremely dry and one of the caps had cracked. Appears cigars were not kept in proper humidity before they were shipped. Doesn't mean I won't order again, just hoping that CI double checks cigars before shipping them to ensure customers do not receive overly dry cigars.
5 out of 5
Great Job as always
Great product, price and timely delivery
5 out of 5
Best cigar peroid
I smoke these as my reward cigar. Great smoke.
5 out of 5
Excalibur #3 should be in your humidor.
Medium strength, spicy finish, consistent draw, Ash, and burn on any Excalibur you fire up. These are a great buy for the price. One thing that separates these from most is the lingering smell. All nonsmokers that hang out always comment that they like the smell of these cigars. So these are go to smokes when a large gathering and you want to please all. You get a nice smoke and your guests dont choke. Happy smoking!
2 out of 5
Excalibur #1
For a premium cigar, there were far too many stem pieces causing them to burn unevenly.
5 out of 5
she has a perfect ash
I have enjoyed these for several years and this Prensado is the one that got me started on enjoying a slightly box-pressed stick. This is also the only cigar I smoke with less than a 52 ring as I've evolved to the fatties over the years. What keeps me coming back to this one is uniqueness of the ash. The volume of the smoke output is just right and the ask turns into a bright white color that I have yet to see on another cigar. It's not overpowering but plenty potent and once in a while I get the flavors of anise which I really enjoy. A very pleasing smoke both visually and taste-wise.
5 out of 5
Great cigars
The excalibur #1 are my go to cigar for a fine smoke. They are always perfect.
2 out of 5
much too harsh for my taste
cigars were not too soft or hard to the touch, but smoked as if they were somewhat stale
5 out of 5
Long Live Hoya
Stands up to the best, smoke it slow and enjoy, I take the crystals w/me to parties because of the glass tube, other than that I buy the epicure, great smoke, burns even, ashes long, smooth, no b.s. here just a really good smoke. I smoke this as my go to cigar. I smoke along w/vodka and tonic= pure relaxation. Forget the world and escape!
5 out of 5
I have no problems with
I have no problems with the Excalibur, but recently, my cigar orders are arriving at my residence very dried out and they are taking a long time to get them re-humidified. If this continues, I will unfortunately be forced to find other resources for obtaining my cigars.
4 out of 5
Tasty cigar
Tasty cigar, they were a little dry when I received them though.
5 out of 5
Great Classic
What a wonderful cigar! Always a pleasure to smoke these. ( And, if you are a Boston Celtic fan - this was Red Aurbach's favorite. )
5 out of 5
Excalibur, one of my favorites
I am never disappointed with an Excalibur cigar. Hoyo's are always a pleasant, smooth smoke with lots of flavor. I recently picked up a box of the #1's and enjoy sitting on the deck and watching the smoke billow across the yard.
5 out of 5
Really a wonderful, smooth mellow smoke. Medium-full bodied and enjoyable to the very end. I love this cigar. It's up there with Ashton Maduro as one of my favorites.
5 out of 5
I've smoked cigars for many years now and have really come to enjoy them the last 3 years. I just don't enjoy a strong gutsy cigar. This is a really terrific smoke. Medium bodied and absolutely smooth. Good to the final drag!
3 out of 5
Just OK.
I purchased a 5 pack of these to compare to other mild-medium smokes I am considering. Having smoked three, I find them to be well constructed, but lacking in flavors and complexity. In general, the flavors are nutty and smooth, but not at all exciting. I will probably not smoke the last two. A cigar I commonly smoke that tastes similar to this is the Torano Noventa. That smoke has similar flavors and construction, but is much more enjoyable.
4 out of 5
Great cigars
Love these cigars. My only wish is that they had a longer burn time.
5 out of 5
Awsome cigar
These are one of my favorite cigars and I always have them in my humidor.
5 out of 5
A nice mild, smooth smoke and ends with a nice nutty flavor. I recommend to any too try.
5 out of 5
Very good
Cigars,very good, service good also.
5 out of 5
Utterly Good Tasting
Irresistible taste in every puff. Especially after having eaten a rack of lamb.
5 out of 5
once again
as always best prices on the best cigars...
5 out of 5
Nice and smooth
Just a great everyday smoke. Mild and smooth all the way through. On my go to list now!
4 out of 5
Sweet light Lee
Sweet light Lee
5 out of 5
My first favorite cigar
As a new aspiring cigar enthusiast, I am still figuring out what I like and what I don't care for as much. So far, these Excalibur's have quickly become one of my favorites. That's why I order a box from CI. Excalibur was recommended to me by a local retailer who has personally been a long time cigar lover. He never steers me wrong. These always have a great flavor, burn smooth and even, with lots of smoke. I have never had a bad one. Both times I have ordered from CI the service has been excellent. I haven't shopped online anywhere else and see no need to.
5 out of 5
Cigar Orders
Cigars International always gets my favorite cigar orders to me on time and undamaged. Thats all I ask. Thank You!
5 out of 5
A great everyday cigar
A great everyday cigar
5 out of 5
Five star plus - Excalibur #1 Maduro!!
None better, this has been my favorite cigar for well over a decade, I never grow tired of the great taste, rich smoke, smooth burn and amazing aroma! The only cigar I receive complements on how good they smell when I am enjoying them (and that from non-smokers!) They are so well made that I often need drop the ashes only three times on a 7.2 inch stick. When I want to treat myself I sit back with one of these gorgeous babies and a snifter of Grand Marnier, awesome! My only complaint is you have never featured them in a weekly deal for substantial discounts.
5 out of 5
Great service
Great service,products and price. I have never received a bad cigar. Keep up the good work
4 out of 5
More Than A Pretty Face
Shame on me… I bought these beautiful babes for their face, but then fell in love with their character. Don’t buy-em for their fancy lable, buy-em for their smooth medium bodied smoking enjoyment.
5 out of 5
prices are great at CI. Just wish Excalibur #1 Maduro would go on sale.
5 out of 5
Why I usually order this cigar
Consistent. Excellent draw. Mild yet flavorful. Wonderful wrapper. Good value. It's definitely my go to cigar.
3 out of 5
Don't Know - They Were Dry
These cigars had many great reviews so was a tad disappointed they arrived too dry to smoke. Maybe after a few weeks in a humidor they will be useable.
5 out of 5
A proven classic
Hoya de Monterrey's Excalibur #2 is a classic smoke. I've been delighting myself with this mild to medium cigar for many a year. The delight comes from its consistency. I've purchased many a box and they have never varied from smoothness, draw, and delight. Not only does it satisfy, but the price is spot on. I love trying other cigars, but when the catalog begins to overwhelm, I stop looking and comparing and buy a box of this wonderful smoke. Enjoy fellow cigar lovers.
4 out of 5
Always enjoy
5 out of 5
This is a great cigar especially on the golf course with that mild rich flavor that is perfect to enjoy always!
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Mild, smooth, and long lasting. I have smoked these for 15 years and I have never been disappointed.
5 out of 5
Great product!
It arrived on time and was fresh out of the box. We would highly recommend Cigars International!!!
2 out of 5
Not Good In This Sampler
Mine came in a sampler in 2015. The one I'm smoking now has a single flavor of dry straw even at a higher humidity which normally brings me a better smoking experience and enhanced flavor. But not this one. As I say, tobacco like grapes change from year to year. I don't know what year this came from since it is included in the sampler but I found it strickly one dimensional, one flavor and very unapealing. Was not impressed. Should I buy it in a cohesive box perhaps my experience might be different but whatever come in my sampler was so very unimpressive.
3 out of 5
Going back to 1995
i was browsing and came across the Excalibur 660, used to only smoke the #1's going way back. Thought I'd give it a try, the blend has certainly changed, it was okay, lately my pallet tends to go towards the fuller bodied cigars. For the money they are a great backyard smoke on a nice summer day, won't ruin your pallet if you are eating after. Not how I remembered the brand but don't let this stop you from buying them. Great price point on them.
5 out of 5
Great cigar....
Nice and very rich
5 out of 5
Could very well be my 'Go to' cigar from now on!
You gotta try these. Just smoked one a few weeks back and wow! Ordered myself a box right away. Just the right size, full, delicious flavor through out, nice ash and wonderful aroma. I love the Cohiba Red Dots, but this smoke seemed just as good and for a lot less do-re-me. Would have a hard time believing most smokers wouldn't enjoy these.
5 out of 5
Great cigar for the price,fast shipping..A+
5 out of 5
Worth the money!
Mild smoke, good burn and big lasting favor. Nice one to have between the lips on the golf course or wherever you may be smoking it.
5 out of 5
Oh yeah de Monterey
How can you beat these for price point ,flavor ,construction and over all pleasurable smoking experience? These are staple in my humidor! I love enjoying one of these with a nice whiskey on the rocks.
Customer Testimonials
My new favorite cigar! The HDM Excalibur Maduro is so densely packed it is almost like smoking a cigar and a half. Perfect construction, slow burn, and very consistent flavors throughout. The perfect medium bodied cigar + a really great price = a must have in my humidor.
The Excaliber is a 1st class piece of work. I had my first taste today, and I can say that I am definitely coming back for more. The slight peppery taste threw me off for a minute, but then I got acclimated to the smoothness behind it. This is truly a big boy cigar.
A bit on the pricey side, but these and Carlos Torano Silver Exodus are at the top of my list! Creamy billows of delicious smoke!
A very, very excellent Honduran-made cigar which was always in my humi when they were available in the smaller #6, #7, or #8 sizes. Can't find those anymore, but I'd certainly spring for a box of coronas if they weren't chronically on backorder. But when I had 'em, I never smoked a bad one, and all were a solid medium body, full flavor.
The perfect summary to an awesome ribeye steak, loaded bake potato, and the perfect salad; Martell Cognac V.S.O.P. and an Excalibur #1 natural, let it cool after lighting it. I promise you'll appreciate my recommendation.
Quite possibly one of the the most enjoyable mild-medium smokes out there! Tried it in a CI build your own sampler and never looked back! A staple in my humidor!
One of the most underrated cigars on this site! I like a mild to medium smoke and have never had a bad Romeo y Julieta or Macanudo, my old favorites. Well, move over because the Excalibur Epicure just became my #1 choice. Got it in a mega sampler 5 for 14 bucks? What a steal. Now on back order:( I am ordering a 20 count! They are that good.
Excellent stick with a great wrapper flavor and a smooth, consistent medium fullness right to the nub. Enjoy it with a port or a single malt. Take your time. Long ashes to you.
After reading the reviews I thought it would be a fabulous cigar. I was wrong. Maybe it was just the one cigar but it was so incredibly loose that it was nearly impossible to smoke. I had to fight to keep the thing lit. Burn was horribly uneven. That being said the flavor was nice.
Great Cigar !!!
Having enjoyed my first Excalibur just a few nights ago, it opened a new door to fine cigars. A nice basement smoke; the smoke output was not overwhelming. Delicious through the whole stick (Epicure). Only needed 2 touch ups on about an hour of smoking time, burnt it to the last inch! All in all, I'm happy I still have 2 in the humi. Thanks CI!
ok, this is the third time I have tried to offer my reivew of the excalibur. I'll not waste my time to go into the length and detail I did before, I'll just say that if you have not tried them, you should.
I've tried countless cigars. For some reason I keep coming back to the Excalibur #1. It's never let me down. Easy draw with a nice burn. This baby has always a had a very satisfying flavor. If you don't like it, then you don't like smoking cigars. No doubt it's always been one of my favorites. Can't believe they don't cost more. You truly get BANG for the BUCK.
“The Hoya Excalibur is one of my top shelf displayed proudly in my desktop humi. A good mid-afternoon smoke on a cool fall/winter day. Paired this with a cup of black Mexican Lalaguinilla coffee I roasted. A smooth smoke, great every time. Quite honestly a humbling cigar to relax to. Stellar flavors of coffee and nut burst through after about half way. Solid burn and large clouds of smoke. Just try it and decide for yourself.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about these? I'm young in this game, and thanks to my old lady I was introduced to this uber consistent, delicious, evenly burning, mellow-yet intriguing piece of heaven. I've not yet gotten my own humidor, but that's happening soon. And ya can be damn sure that the Hoyo de Excalibur will grace my humidor.
The epicure didn't give off much flavor until about 1/2" was smoked. Once it did the flavors were great. My 2 knocks on it were a really noticeable crease in the binder. This led to a wonkey burn. It was even the first 1/3 and then got really out of whack, but then would self correct itself and then it'd go crazy again. Always on this crease. I'm guessing this was a manufacturing defect when the cigar is pressed. .... That said, this is a cigar I'll be giving another try sometime in the future.
Nice draw and even burn. Tastes of dry white toast. I prefer a little more complexity, but enjoyable none the less.
The Excalibur is one of my go-to smokes. Great taste, burn, always is stocked in my humi.
It was an OK cigar for the price, not my favorite, but wasn't bad....smoked very even and cool.
Very nice small cigar, nice taste, burn, and smoke. One of my favorites; just good tobacco flavor, satisfying, yum. buy em and enjoy em!
Terrific! A luxurious, mellow smoke with nary a flaw. Perfect burn all the way through - every single stick. The Churchill represents hours of relaxation and superior mild taste.
I normally smoke Maduro cigars only...I'm a fan of chewy wrappers with very spicy notes...I got this in a sampler and decided to relax in my dining room with a cup of coffee...I'm extremely impressed with this smoke...the construction could've used some improvement in my opinion, but I had humidor issues before it stabilized, so that plays a major factor and could strictly be my fault...flavor was superb...the most important thing is that this did not leave a disgusting after taste...all in all one of the best cigars I've had...I think I'll be ordering some more of these!
This is a high class cigar at a decent price. The construction is great, which makes the cigar create huge puffs of smoke, and a smooth flavor that develops as you smoke. Not a mild cigar, nor a gull bodied one. It is somewhere in that perfect middle creating a fantastic smoking experience.
As an occasional cigar smoker and a die hard H Upmann Reserve fan, I'll have to say that Hoyo Excalibur will have a permanent place in the humidors next to the H Upmann. It is smooth with a citrus undertone. Great ash, draw and construction. Just orderered a box after trying one of the five pack that I received a week ago.
I received one of these in a sampler pack and waited for just the right time to light it up. Unfortunately the draw on it was horrendous. Even after stabbing it with a draw pick, it was still tough. The taste that I was able to get from what I consider a fine stogie, was very good light to medium and just the way I like my cigars. I guess I was just unlucky this time. I've had other Hoyos before and will surely buy them from time to time.
The Hoya Excalibur has been one of my favorites, almost always a sample is in my desk-top humidor. Just enjoyed one prior to the end of the year, early on New Years Eve, 2011. Paired with a Starbucks French Roast in the early afternoon on my screened in patio. Enjoyed the smooth draw, the firm construction, and the long ash as the smoke progressed. Around half way, the nuttiness factor became prevalent, with a coffee undertone. This is a medium cigar, not strong at all. I looked at the cigar, and said "Hey old friend, you never disappoint". No, my wife wasn't around to get jealous, but Tucker the dog looked at me kinda funny.... Smoked her down to the nub, another fine cigar experience.
A little change of thought after smoking a few of these. Not bad, but finding I need more power than these can provide. Great for mild stogie smokers, just not me. I will give these away over the holidays as the family pours in (making our house look like a homeless shelter). Can you tell I enjoy the holidays? I believe I might try going to a medium smoke for a "every once in a while" switch from maduro's. Thanks anyways CI. You guys are still great in my book. Keep the prices low for the new year... JH
These arrived today. I was in the process of putting them in the ol humi, and decided to smoke one straight from the box. I usually try to get a good month or so of resting my sticks before I light one up. I am not disappointed at all. These are a fresh change from my normal maduro 5 Vegas every day smokes. These pack a ton of flavor all the way down to the nub. These are absolutely going to be in constant rotation from now on. I am ordering another box right away to try and age a little. I know this box I just got will not last long at all. Keep up the great prices CI!! I am a happy camper...
The Excalibur deserves any high honor a cigar can receive. For 48 minutes I had pure smoking pleasure, even burn, great draw, and billows of smoke. This was a true work of art, as I watched each puff create a long grey ash. Simon Chase said in best in one of his articles I read sometime in the past; What is full to one person, may not be full to another. The smoke is so smooth from this cigar, that it is difficult for me to place it in any one category when it comes to mild, med, or full. What I can say; it is an outstanding cigar for all to enjoy, and worthy of any humidor.
These are the most satisfying cigars I've ever smoked. Great milk coffee taste the whole way through. Not complex at all but just a delicious smoke. I could smoke these every day and never tire of them.
Not a bad smoke, I found the Maduro just a bit flat with little oomfff. Nothing like the OLD Excaliburs, Earthy Honduran binder & filler with a rich Conn wrapper. Not bad for a change of pace smoke, not a REGULAR!
You just can't go wrong with a Hoyo Excalibur. Always consistent in every way: Construction, draw, flavor... Beautiful cigar. Mild to medium strength, but a fan favorite from beginners to even the well experienced. Buy a box. You wont be disappointed.
I have one humidor devoted to the Excalibur #1! That's how much I love these cigars. They are incredibly consistent, they're perfect every time, right out of the box, or 6 months in your humidor. Smooth, delicious, and flavorful. I can't decide if I like the EMS or Maduro variety better. Oh, well, I better go smoke one right now to decide!
Great cigars are consistent every time. I have smoked Excaliburs for years, and the consistency never changes with a flavor never tiring: 100% FANTASTIC!!
I first picked up an (Hoyo Excalibur) in Abilene, Texas in 1983 and 26 years later I'm still buying and puffing.
A classic tasting cigar (Hoyo Excalibur). It has big bellows of smoke and a wonderful taste and aroma. Well made and keeps well in the humidor. A must to add to any cigar collection.
After a dozen years away, I have rejoined the ranks of cigar lovers...never lost the love really, but with a career in health care...well, anyway, after retiring, I can now sit back and enjoy again. I recently tried the (Hoyo Excalibur) Prensado Oscuro...bought one of the 5-pack specials, then bought another one...I am now eagerly awaiting the box that should arrive tomorrow. What a great cigar for a maduro fan! Wonderful flavor, great draw, and a relatively fast burn given its size, that is just right if you don't have two or three hours to spend over a box-pressed, tighty. I own three humidors with something approaching 400 gars stashed back. The Excaliburs haven't and won't stay there long! Thanks CI for offering great 5-pack specials on premium gars, so we can taste before filling the larder! ...CC...
I first tried the (Hoyo Excalibur) a few months ago. It is now my favorite cigar. The price is right and the flavor is excellent.
The (Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur) is a regal smoke! It has a cedar sweetness that balances the other appealing flavors that are present. It smokes very easily and burns perfectly; you never have to fuss with it. If Enrico Garzaroli's Graycliff 1666 is a sumptuous feast, the Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur is the perfect dessert!
I just smoked the Hoyo Excalibur, in Baghdad, at one of Sadam's old palace, and it is a very mild cigar. It held a real good ash and was mild all the way to the end. One of my favorite milds to date.
The No. 1 is, perhaps, the best golf cigar on the market. (Hoyo Excalibur) The ash will last about 1 1/2 to 2 inches. The aroma is great, also. For the price, you can't go wrong !!!
Simply an excellent cigar. (Hoyo Excalibur) Medium in strength, excellent draw and firm ash. Absolutely even burn and wonderful flavour.
I really like the Hoyo de Monterey Excalibur. It has some great flavor and a fair price, you can't beat it. First third is excellent great flavor, smooth and plenty of smoke. Second third just as good. Last third is good just draw slowly to keep it cool. I think you'll like these, I'm glad I purchased these and will do so in the future.
The Hoyo Excalibur # 3 was exactly what I was looking for. Taste,construction,smoothness and fairly priced make this cigar my all time absolute favorite, Amen!
I picked up a 5-pack of the #2s (Hoyo Excaliber) to try them out. Just finished the fourth, as smooth, consistent, and tasty as the first. Draw is REALLY smooth, and the burn is perfectly consistent. This may just become my favorite!
I can't imagine anyone not smoking this cigar (Hoyo Excalibur). I keep experimenting and trying to find a better cigar, but to no avail. I realize everyone's taste is not the same, but logic tells me if this cigar is not one's favorite, it is because they have not tried it. Each time I light up one of these beauties, it is a celebration of what cigars are meant to be.
This is by far my favorite cigar (Hoyo Excalibur). It is a full 7 inch, 54 ring gauge beast, good for almost 18 holes of golf with smooth mellow flavors of chocolate, leather, and spice throughout. The burn is so amazingly smooth the ash can get to 2-2 1/2inches before the first flick is required. I have smoked many 90-94 rated cigars; I would rate this cigar among the best.