Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaraguan blend.
Binder: Connecticut broadleaf.
This cigar received a <91> rating in the Cigar Aficionado issue featuring the Sopranos on the cover.
The construction/wrapper is beautiful, with very small veins in the wrapper - it looks like it was painted on. Definitely made by an experienced roller. The ash is white. The draw is PERFECT. Do you know how a perfectly rolled cigar has smoke gently coming out of the cut end of the cigar 5 to 7 seconds after the puff - that's what this cigar did? Very ample flavorful smoke resulted all the way through. Excellent. The burn was perfectly even, but I did have to touch it up once part way through the cigar. Flavor: Geez, Cigar Aficionado says, "Earth, sweet, leather, citrus, and spice." Sounds like eating an orange, while licking an old boot. Yuck! The cigar is medium bodied, and does have a sweet character with a rich round tobacco flavor. No citrus, and no leather though. This is a good non-isom, but I don't think that I would have rated it quite as highly, more like an 87-88 overall. The overall construction/burn/smoke WAS outstanding, but the taste could have been more intense and more complex.
I would recommend these though, for a cigar smoker who is wanting to progress up to a more full bodied smoke after trying Macanudos, Dunhill, H. Upmann, etc. They would love this cigar! I didn't dislike it at all myself. With a few more years aging in the humidor it could become a mid 90's grade smoke.
I bought my cigars from JR Tobacco in Statesville, NC. They carry the full line of Hoyo de Monterrey Excaliber 1066. 1-800-JRCIGAR (572-4427) or www.jrcigars.com I paid ๘.75 + tax for a box of 25, so they are an EXCELLENT cigar for the money. They look and smoke like a much more expensive cigar. Try 'em - you'll like em.
Sam The Man