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Hoyo La Amistad Silver Cigars

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
The Hoyo La Amistad Silver cigars are another top-shelf collaboration between General Cigar and world-famous master-blender AJ Fernandez.

Hoyo De Monterry Reposado en Cedros

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I picked up a couple of these cigars locally. What caught my eye was the nice presentation and decent price. This cigar uses a new “Immersion process,” which I have no idea what that means. Thee is a little more information over at the General Cigars web site. As always, I paired this review with water.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Connecticut broadleaf

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican

Size: Marco – 6 1/4 x 54

Price: $6.15


Pre-smoke & Construction:

Peeling away the cedar liner revealed a nice looking brown wrapper. There were a couple good sized veins, but overall flaws were minimal. The smell coming off of the cigar was a mild earthiness and cedar. The cigar was packed with tobacco. Towards the head, there was literally no give when you squeezed. This, along with the restrictive nipple at the foot, led to a tight draw. Too tight for my liking. The pre-light draw had an earthy natural tobacco taste.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for around 1.5 inches. The draw stayed pretty tight, but loosened up a little as I got past the half way point.

1_Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros


The first third: There wasn’t a lot going on. Simple woody flavors along with natural tobacco. A slight tingle was left in the mouth after exhaling, and there was an ever so slight spice through the nose.

2_Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros

The second third had an increase in that cedary, woody flavor, and it dominated the flavor profile for the most part. Right along side it was a strange floral note. I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Earthiness lingered in the back ground. Through the nose, it still tasted woody with a dry mild pepper. Like before, the smoke left a tingle on the lips and tongue.

3_Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros

The last third had an interesting smoke feel. It was that fruitiness along with a tingling sensation. It was a little stronger then previous thirds. Through the nose, there was a distinct pepper that was medium in strength. Next up was that woodiness, which I mentioned before. Those elusive earthy notes were in the back ground like before.

4_Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros


This mild to medium bodied cigar was all right. It struck me as nothing special though. On the positive side, the smoke feel combined with the simple flavors for a unique experience. I never got any bad flavors, and I could see this appealing to someone. In the end, to me it just seemed to fall a little short. It was aight…

Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur Maduro

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I’ve really been digging deep into the bottom of my humidor lately. I didn’t even know I had the cigar up for review tonight. I’ve been holding on to this smoke for at least two years. There is a back story about where this cigar got the name “Excalibur.” But you didn’t come here to read that did you? Instead of researching all of that useless info, I grabbed a glass of water and got to the review.


Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf maduro

Binder: Connecticut broadleaf

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican

Size: 6 3/4 x 47

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-light & Construction:

The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the oily wrapper. It looked great with minimal veins and only a few bumps here and there. The wrapper smelled cedary and earthy, while the foot had a slight peppery component. I found the cigar was pretty hard when squeezing the entire length. The pre-light draw was good, with a dark earthy taste. I let the ash go for about an inch, but I think it would have lasted two. The burn required no corrections. Construction was great.



The first third greeted me with a simple smooth earthy taste. About an inch in, a definite strong coffee or espresso kicked in. The coffee and earthy notes took turns being the dominant flavor. All the while, I found a very subtle peppery spice when passing the smoke through the nose.


The second third opened up a little bit. Coffee notes mixed with earthy flavors that remained dominant. Next in line was a slight pepper, and a very subtle sweetness came into the flavor profile. As I got towards the end of this third, the sweetness developed into a mocha flavor.


The last third was my favorite part of this cigar. The smoke turned to a thick and creamy feel. Strong coffee was the main flavor, and it caused the earthy flavors to go away. The peppery spice changed into a sweet spice that was very much like mocha and cinnamon.



This was a good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. A lot of the flavors were what I consider “Standard maduro.” But still, overall I enjoyed the entire cigar. I won’t be running out to find more, but I wouldn’t discourage anyone from at least giving the Excalibur a try.

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