To continue with the trend of reviewing user requested cigars, this week I have the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066 – Dark Knight. This particular vitola weighs in at 5.75 inches with a 54 ring gauge. The Dark Knights all have a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, instead of the Cameroon that their counterparts have.
While looking over the cigar I found it to have a dark oily wrapper with a few veins running throughout the length of the stick. When pinched I found the body of the stick to be firm and packed with tobacco. Once the initial inspection was out of the way I reached for my cutter and clipped the head of my cigar. The pre light draw was very good with mild tobacco flavors.
After toasting and lighting I had the cigar completely lit and burning evenly. The initial flavor was rich and earthy with a smooth and creamy finish. The body at this point was in the Medium range.
While smoking through the first third of this cigar I was pleased by the thick clouds of cool and flavor smoke that it produced. The flavor base was rich and earthy with a mild bitter chocolate flavor in the background. The finish was soft and fairly short as well as smooth and creamy. The body remained in the Medium range and made for a good overall taste and feel to the smoke.
The second third of this stick was showing signs that it was building and going to make for a nice strong finish. The body was slowly ramping up and moving into the Medium to Full range. The base flavor was still rich earthy tones with bitter chocolate in the background. I was now beginning to get some black pepper flavors that really seemed to mix things up a bit. The finish was slowly getting longer and heavier as I smoked deeper into the stick. The burn was fairly even but was running a little fast. Even with the elevated burn rate, the cigar still smoked nice and cool.
As I smoked into the final third, the draw remained to be nice which led to lots of thick smoke for me to enjoy. The burn rate still was a little fast for my liking but did not dampen my impression of the cigar. The body continued to build and finally peaked just inside the Full spectrum. The finish was smooth and creamy but was fairly long at this stage in the smoke. The base flavor seemed to get richer as the cigar got shorter. Even while short, the cigar smoked cool and remained enjoyable.
Overall I think that this was a good cigar and would recommend picking one up if you find one at your local shop. Now that these are available in 10 count boxes, it makes them pretty affordable even if you have a small cigar budget (~$30.00 per box of ten)