Thanks for all the feedback in the last episode of The Week in Smoke. I’m glad to see interest in revisiting cigars that we’ve reviewed in the past. Walt originally reviewed the Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight back in 2007. Thinking about when I first started smoking cigars I remember the Dark Knight series being a very popular line when it was introduced in the mid-2000’s before the whole boutique craze went into full swing. The Dark Knight series differs from the rest of the Excalibur 1066 line as the Dark Knight uses a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper instead of a Cameroon. Nothing new has been seen from the Dark Knight series since 2009 when they released a special Celebration size that was only available in a holiday sampler pack.
So after almost 5 years of not smoking a Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight where does it stand? Is it still a cigar worthy of a spot in humidor? I will say that I was reluctant to smoke a Dark Knight. I have fond memories of the Dark Knight are was worried that revisiting it would spoil those memories. Surprisingly, the Dark Knight still holds true. It may not be the heavy hitter that it once was but it still delivers. Things like body and complexity are moving targets and change over time and so the Dark Knight is now in a crowded field where once it was a standout. Flawless construction with a predominately cedar notes with a nice dosage of earthiness for depth. A bit of sweet creaminess rounds out a solid, balanced flavor profile.
Whether you started smoking during the boutique craze or an old timer the Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight is worth a shot. It just may surprise you like it surprised me. If anyone from General Cigars is reading this, I offer up some feedback at the end of the video on how to bring the Dark Knight back into humidors.
19 thoughts on “Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight”
Best “that’s what she said” moments ever, and another one could have been your comment about the dark knight and trying it.
Great and funny reviews, love your work man.
It all about entertaining the masses! LOL
No one can say that SR doesn’t have its viewers interests in mind.
Thanks for the revisit, Jerry. Sounds like a stick worth trying.
Great review Jerry I have not had one of these but other Hoyo 1066 lines and I think they are a decent stick.
The dark knight has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I’ve been so busy trying to smoke newer sticks that I forgot about these. I know I have a few in my humi. I think it’s time to fire them up. Thanks for reminding us of a great smoke.
I was pretty surprised myself that the cigar still held its own. If you revisit let me know if you agree bro.
Great review Jerry haven’t tried one but I like the idea of you guys going back and revisiting past favorites
Jerry, that was good, you are something else, and you are very funny, I liked it, I might even try smoking one of those Dark Knight’s.
Great review Jerry. I have not had one of these in a long time. Great idea going back and trying some older cigars.
The review was good and all, but never mind that… How about that beautiful beard! Amazing. I can only dream of growing one like that.
You know if the wife hates the beard that the beard has to be awesome! I love it!
That thing is glorious. I can only grow random patches of an embarrassing thing that doesn’t resemble a beard. I blame being half Jap. Seeing as you are half Japanese I feel resentment, I admit it.
Oh, and the cigar may be one I have to re-visit. It’s been years.
It’s the same beard his great, great, great grandfather wore when leading the invading hordes on their ponies across the windswept back yards of the Philippines in the most adorable little conquest ever.
BH – LMAO
And Tom, my Japanese half empathises with you. And since the other half is also Japanese, the sentiment it doublled. I suspect that Jerry may have some Okinawan or Ainu in him, not to mention the hairy-type Filipino (hey, I have friends like that).
Bravo Cruz! Excellent! Review was informative and as always, entertaining. Can’t say I’ve ever tried any of the non-Cuban Hoyos but this review definitely motivates me to go buy some. Thanks for review.
Oh yeah, like Tom…love the beard!
First I’ll admit to not watching the review…I’ll get around to it, though! 🙂
I did read what you said, though, so I have a pretty good idea where you went with it. I got some Excalibur 1066s (both Dark Knight and Cameroon) recently from General (Ambassador program or something) and I was totally looking forward to smoking them. Like you (and many others, I guess) these used to be a mainstay for me, but it’s been years since I smoked one. So I lit up the first one…and it was horrible. Not just bland, but actually nasty flavor. I couldn’t finish it.
Maybe the cigar has changed. Maybe I have changed. Maybe I got a stick where the buncher picked up a handful of the wrong leaf. All I know is that I haven’t gone back to the remaining sticks I got…I’m a little afraid of them now! LOL
Great review Jerry and I’ll have to try one of those. I always heard good things about that cigar but too many others distracted me from it.
Just my patio heater as well!!! It’s a must for us out side smokers but not tried it from behind. “that’s what she said”
This cigar actually brought me back to smoking cigars regularly…. I enjoyed them a bunch. Guess I haven’t had one in a few years, will need to revisit them. Thanks Jerry!
The Dark Knight is definatly in my top ten list! I smoke alot of the Hoyo de Montrey line A Rothchild maduro almost daily! Great review