February 22, 2013

Black Patch Select Toro (5 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

A few weeks ago I received a phone call from the owner of Black Patch Cigars, a Kentucky based cigar company with an interesting cigar. Western Kentucky has long been known as a good region to grow tobacco. So, why not take that tobacco and make cigars out of it? That's exactly what he decided to do. The tobacco is grown in Kentucky and then sent to the Dominican Republic to be aged for at least 2 years. It is then combined with other Caribbean tobaccos to create the Black Patch Cigars. This particular creation is the Select. Rolled in the Dominican Republic, it consists of:

Wrapper: Indonesian Java (shade)
Binder: Dominican Olar
Filler: USA/Kentucky Broadleaf, Dominican Criollo '98, Dominican Piloto Cubano

The cigar is a dark brown with a nice feel in the hand. It is pretty well made with a few ridges. A few of the foot looks like this:

After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. I lit the cigar and the initial flavors were light cedar, cream, coffee, and earth. The pepper is around a 6 in intensity. The finish is a light toasty cream.

About an inch in the flavors have really started to develop. There are some very nice toffee notes combining with the cedar, and the two are very sweet with some richness developing. The earth notes have decreased and the coffee is still very good. The pepper is unchanged. The finish is now more of a straight, sweet cream and there is a touch of lingering pepper.

With about 2 inches remaining the earth notes have made a resurgence. The cedar and toffee are still nice and sweet but not as rich. The coffee notes and pepper are about as previously stated. I would call this cigar medium bodied. When you retro hale you really get a nice, intense ligero burn. The finish is still a sweet cream but you still get points of toasty notes. There is still some decent lingering pepper on the finish.

At the end the toffee notes decreased a little leaving the sweet cedar as the main flavor. There is still a touch of richness in the cedar. The earth notes are subtle but the coffee is still quite good. The pepper also remained unchanged for the most part. The finish was a sweet cream for the most part but  you had periods of toasted notes. The finish also had an average amount of lingering pepper.

I noticed as I moved around the house the aroma of the cigar was very good. It was a nice cedar aroma.

The price point of these cigars is pretty good at around $6 each depending on amount purchased. They offer samplers, 5 packs, 10 packs, and 20 packs.

I found this to be a very good cigar. I really liked the sweet toffee and cedar combination. The earth was not a harsh flavor and it rounded out the front end nicely. Coffee is always a good flavor to have and this cigar had it in a nice amount. The finish was nice, as well as the pepper intensity. The cigar ended up medium bodied and took about 1 1/2 hours to smoke.

Score: 89

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