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Ave Maria Dark Knight

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Dark Knight rising…

AJ Fernandez is man that needs no introduction. Especially with how well-loved the Ave Maria blends are to CI Nation. So don’t look at me like I’m crazy when I say this may be the best of the bunch. Look, I’m no joker, man. I take this very seriously. This blend is damn tasty, my friends. 

This potent Nicaraguan puro could be the strongest Ave blend yet. Loaded with a hefty dose of well-aged, flavorful long-filler tobaccos, Dark Knight is cloaked inside a dark Nicaraguan maduro wrapper. Upon lighting, you get notes of spice and leather up front, that finishes with a smooth, rich dark chocolate note. A potent as it is, this beauty still finishes smooth and balanced. But what else would you expect from AJ?  


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Box of 10 + Ave Maria Cigar Rest
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$186.00
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$124.99
Profile
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Robusto
Wrapper
Maduro
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
False
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Maduro
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
False
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Robusto (5.2"x54)
Single
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$14.99
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Maduro
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
False
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
overall rating 4.78 out of 5 True { } True { } True { } Based on 50 Ratings
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5 out of 5
Really enjoyed the creamy coco. The cigar was great. Must try. Have ordered more since this post. ????
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5 out of 5
I really enjoyed everything about this cigar: taste, smell, wrapper..a long burning experience and the presentation is over the top. I'd recommend...also, the aftertaste is not bad as well. A good cigar.
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5 out of 5
I was very impressed by the smoke I enjoyed the way the draw was smooth and it wasn’t rolled to tight I will share with others and order more soon
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4 out of 5
Great stick. Love the taste and full smoke. Only reason i didnt give it a 5 is because of the box they came in. Was hard getting the cigars out of the storage case and when attempting to get cigars out of the lil coffins a cpl sticks broke. Very disappointing to say the least. Poor design. I feel CI owes me 2 sticks because of this but i dont suspect that will happen.
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5 out of 5
Great cigar
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5 out of 5
Excellent cigar. Packaging suitable for special gifting.
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
Dark rich flavors and mellow smoke abound. The perfect companion with a cup of coffee on a Fall night...a Dark Knight
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4 out of 5
Great stick as expected from AJ, flavor and smoke is on point, smoke is decent for a box-pressed. The big strike for me is the burn, less than spectacular had to touch up three times. I give it a 7/10 with a better burn and draw it could have been a 8.5 - 9 of 10
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4 out of 5
outstanding smoke
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5 out of 5
perfect draw, hints of chocolate and other great flavors. this is in my top ten favorites. anytime on special I will buy
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5 out of 5
Great taste, burn, everything.
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5 out of 5
Great condtruction and draw as usual on all A.J. cigars. Great taste with cocoa, dark chocolate and a little spice. Medium to full flavor.
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5 out of 5
Love the taste and size great smoke
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5 out of 5
Elegant is an "Understatement".
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4 out of 5
I bought 1 to try and very satisfied with this smoke. Good construction and burn, so far this is the best Ave Maria I’ve smoked. Earthy with hints of sweet chocolate and cocoa flavors, Start to finish. This is box worthy for sure.
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5 out of 5
A favorite for the humidor for sure. Another full bodied gem... Dark and bold without being overpowering. Excellent burn, consistent through the cigar. Dark madro wrapper, box pressed, Nicaragua fillers! Another AJ Fernandez masterpiece. Flavors of Coco, coffee beans, leather with stout finishes. Oily firm feel out of the box. The little cedar coffins each comes in are a nice touch.
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5 out of 5
Bold flavor with an earthy finish. Great with a night cap. Solid construction and wrapped tight allowing for an even draw and smoke.
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4 out of 5
Great smoke. Perfect draw and great firmness to the cigar. Easy smooth flavor with every pull. Cigar International has great service. Received within 4 days of ordering.
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5 out of 5
One of the better cigars I've had. I was pleased with the rich flavors, Very good cigars.
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5 out of 5
I'm glad I was able to pick this up as a single on the website to try it, never had it before and definitely will be buying more in the future! Delicious flavor, even burn and smooth draw.
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5 out of 5
Bold taste with no after taste. Enjoyed the smoke to the very end of the stick. As always a great buy from Ava Maria. Thanks
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5 out of 5
Robust dark chocolate notes with impeccable construction. The draw on all the cigars was perfect, and each cigar gave a nice even burn requiring no touch ups. I’ve always been satisfied with Ave Maria cigars, and the Dark Knight is no exception. Although not impacting the smoke, the presentation was quite amazing if you plan on buying a box as a gift. Each cigar comes in its own coffin for an impressive gift, but smoking one was such a nice experience you may be hesitant to give them away once you smoke one!
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5 out of 5
I've never had a cigar from the Ave Maria branch that I haven't enjoyed. Dark Knight has not changed my opinion. The flavors are rich and delicious, coating the palate with a plethora flavors of cedar, oak, and earth. Another home run from the man who never misses his pitch!
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4 out of 5
Solid cigar.. have had better, was hoping for more for the price, but won’t buy again unless there’s a special
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5 out of 5
this cigar is in my top ten favorites. cocoa, and complex other notes of great flavor. I cant understand why this cigar doesnt get at least a 90 rating
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5 out of 5
this is one of the best cigars around. wonderful with bourbon, it brings out the chocolate and cocoa notes. nice complex flavors. I get them when on special or in a sampler
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5 out of 5
Probably my favorite Ave Maria other than the reconquista! My only complaints are I can’t afford to keep as many as I’d smoke.
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5 out of 5
Well I wrote a review on this stick about a year ago and have since smoked several more. I have to up my rating to a 5. These are really good! Strong, maybe to the point that I overlooked some of the subtleties of this cigar. It's become one of my favorite AJ blends. I'd love to see some more size offerings (maybe one in the round) and full count boxes! Bravo!
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5 out of 5
Thick smoke and a fairly easy draw. Smooth and full. Excellent taste; the best Ave Maria I have had. Five stars but not in my top 5. About the top of my price range. As long as they sell singles I will visit it a few times a year.
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4 out of 5
Great smoke, nice draw. Once again, we’ll done AJ.
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5 out of 5
Wow. As a lover of Ave Maria and Ave Maria Immaculata, I bought this box of 10 out of curiosity. Hands down the best cigar I've had. Right off the bat, cool packaging aside, a dry puff rewards with easy draw, a hint of cocoa and the roll is perfect. Lighting it just let me know that this is the one. Smooth, tasty cocoa and leather, a perfect burn and lots of smoke. I rarely smoke down to the nub but when my fingers and lips were burning I reluctantly tamped it out. Superb. Pass on the Holy Grail bonus though. A real let down.
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5 out of 5
These are great, earthy and bold!
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5 out of 5
Bold and smooth.
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5 out of 5
Love them
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5 out of 5
Great smoke, great stick , great burn all the way to the finish
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4 out of 5
Top notch construction., easy pull. Taste on point. Flavorful with a darkened medium to heavy smoke. Burns evenly, wrap hold together all the way to the nubs. The finish is plentiful, and are consistent with on every burn. This one is a keeper.
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5 out of 5
I tried a few of these from my local CI b&m and really liked them so I added a few of them to my order to get to the dollar amount for the free travel mug.
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5 out of 5
strong but smooth.
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4 out of 5
I'm pretty new to the cigar world, so I may not know all the technical talk. But it was good enough I'll be buying again
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5 out of 5
it very great as i smoke
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4 out of 5
Reminded me of a New World but not quite as full! Decent stick, nice construction and performance. That's almost a given with AJ products. I'd rate it 3 1/2 stars if that option was offered. Not too many changes, kinda one dimensional but the flavors were pretty good! I'd prefer a Diesel Unlimited Maduro, or the original Man O War, or the Unholy Cocktail and they all cost less! Still worth checking out though, everybody has different tastes!
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5 out of 5
Excellent cigars are always recieved from Ave Maria. This one is nice and strong with varying flavors. The finish is awesome no lingering bad tastes or aromas. It burns nice and even. Will purchase again.
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4 out of 5
tons of cacao, coffee, and a little honey at the end of the exhale. All intensifies on the retro hale. This cigar is a "must try".
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5 out of 5
Wonderful cigar... will not disappoint
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5 out of 5
Good smoke!!
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5 out of 5
Excellent cigar -
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5 out of 5
I got this as part of a sampler, but I will be adding it to my regular rotation. It is absolutely delicious! I'm not good at picking out specific flavors so I'll skip that and just say instead that it's nice and strong and has a gorgeous dark, oily, toothy wrapper and a super pleasant long finish. It tastes so good that I'm smacking my lips just to pull the remaining taste off my tongue. I'll eat my non-existent hat if this doesn't get onto the top 20 list. A truly exceptional high end stick.
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5 out of 5
Fantastic cigar. The wrapper has a leathery feel similar to Padron. Very smooth and tasty from the first draw all the way down to the nub. I will say that I had to relight a couple of times and the draw was tight at the beginning, but it opened up nicely and the taste trumped any of these minor issues. I'm not good at describing flavor notes but I will agree with those who taste chocolate and coffee. All I know is that I liked it a lot.
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5 out of 5
Another winner from A. J.! Tremendous flavors, balance, construction, and draw with a near perfect burn. CANNOT PUT IT DOWN!
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Richard M.

I dub Dark Night, Ruler of CI Nation!

Richard M.

Cigar: Ave Maria Dark Knight

Size: Robusto 5.2 x 54

Burn Time: 1 Hour, 30 minutes

Working in the retail stores we get to meet new people every day and discuss our passion for cigars. We discuss why the staff and customers like certain cigars, including specifics about what we personally like about each one, including flavor profiles, strength, size preferences, value, and overall satisfaction. Additionally, we get to discuss some of the biggest names in the premium cigar industry. I don’t think there is any bigger than Abel Fernandez, known as AJ Fernandez to nearly all the cigar community. Well, what happens when an iconic brand such as Ave Maria gets a new blend from AJ? I will tell you what happens, we in the retail biz go crazy!

See, Ave Maria is one of my go to brands, with not only the core brand but the elegant Divinia and bold and daring Reconquista. Enter…The Ave Maria Dark Knight…featuring a Knight clad in white and red, holding his shield and a gold and black sub band emblazoned with Dark Knight. This cigar immediately had my attention the moment I opened the matte black coffin protecting the treasure with-in. I was greeted with a dark and toothy wrapper and a pre-light aroma of cocoa bean.

But was I already getting ahead of myself? Did I already set an expectation subconsciously about what I was getting into? Well, that remained to be seen, but there was no way to know other than cutting and lighting this loyal subject and exploring its realm. Giving it a straight cut and grabbing the nearest source of fire I set forth on a quest to discover if I had found the next cigar I would have to buy a box of. The cut was firm, so I knew the Nicaraguan Broadleaf Maduro wrapper was going to hold something special.  

Immediately I realized this was richer than the Reconquista, not in strength at the time mind you, but in where I saw this cigar taking me. Rich and deep notes of leather, cocoa, and black pepper were hitting within the first few puffs, and there was a significant spice and pepper on the retro-hale. I knew if this cigar was going to be enjoyed with a beverage, it would have to stand up to some pretty dominating notes. Well, a double, neat Basil Hayden Dark Rye fit that bill very nice, and was a complimentary pairing, working well to enhance the spice and pepper while making the cocoa very noticeable. 

Since this is a Robusto, I would have to pay closer attention to the transitions since they could likely happen quicker. As the middle third of this cigar started in, I could not help but find the cocoa developing into dark chocolate. It was still rich, smooth, and full of character. It was at this point that I realized I was enjoying this cigar too much and that I had been puffing just a bit too fast, so I made a conscious effort to slow down an appreciate it for what it was, and not for what was coming next…it would get there, but patience is a virtue.

The Dark Night is rising in body, and if I had to say, once I passed the half-way point, this cigar is bolder to my palate and deeper and more complex. I feel this is the strongest Ave Maria I have yet enjoyed, and I was not done yet. The final third saw it all coming together. The retro-hale had leveled out for me, with the spice and pepper becoming less…shall we say eye-watering. The rich dark chocolate remained even over the Dark Rye I was enjoying with it, and I found them to both complement each other very well. I was not sure if I wanted to sip then puff, or puff then sip. If I sip then puff, I found the cocoa was dominant, however if I puffed then sipped I found the spice lead this dance.

As the cigar was winding down, I was pleased to find it had a medium yet clean finish, with the cocoa lingering just a little. When AJ puts out bold cigars you know when you are enjoying one, and this one was no exception. I knew this was the real deal, and was going to be a box purchase in the near future.

During the entire cigar I did not have to relight at any point, and I did not notice any burn issues. Since it was my fault I was smoking this one a bit too fast in the middle, I was surprised it did not have a burn issue or even any bitterness developing. Once I was about one and a quarter inches from the end, I decided it was time to place my sword and shield down for the evening and retire as the sun was setting.

If you are a fan of rich and bold cigars, grab a hand full of these to enjoy on your next dark night…


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