The Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur brand turns 40 this year, and General Cigar Co. is celebrating the milestone with the upcoming Excalibur Black, a Honduran cigar set to ship on June 7.
“With Excalibur Black, we are beginning the next chapter of the brand’s 40-year legacy with a feisty, fuller-bodied offering,” said Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Excalibur.
Billed as being medium in body, Excalibur Black is stronger than the core Excalibur blend, and consists of a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Ecuador Sumatra binder, and filler of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco.
The cigars are made at the HATSA factory in Danlí, Honduras and come in three sizes: a 5 inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto; Toro, measuring 6 by 52; and No. 1, at 7 1/4 by 54. All sizes are packaged in 20-count boxes and have suggested retail prices from $8.49 to $8.99.
A line of Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Black cigarillos and mini cigars were released in February with similar packaging, but those small smokes are made with a different blend than this new Excalibur Black.
Like all non-Cuban Hoyo de Monterreys, Excalibur Black is made and distributed by General Cigar, a premium cigar subsidiary of Scandinavian Tobacco Group.