March 03, 2013
Black Patch Kenbano Robusto (5 x 50)
Video review HERE.
This is the second of the Black Patch Cigars that I'm reviewing. The significant thing about these cigars is they use tobacco from the Black Patch region of Kentucky. It is shipped to the Dominican Republic to be blended with Dominican tobacco to produce these cigars. This particular version is comprised of:
Wrapper: Dominican Havana Vuelta Abajo
Binder: Dominican Criollo '98
Filler: USA/Kentucky Kenbano 2007, Dominican Piloto Cubano ligero, Dominican Criollo '98 Bonao
The cigar is well made and dense.
After cutting the cap the test draw was effortless. The initial flavors were very earthy, hints of cedar, hints of sweetness, cream, and a good amount of pepper. I let it sit for a minute so the flavors could develop.
About 1/2 inch in the flavors have settled down. They are now a sweet, rich cedar, a touch of cream, earth notes, coffee, and pepper at a 6 in intensity. The finish is cream with a touch of lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied and burning very evenly.
A little over an inch in and there has been a big increase in the richness and sweetness. The cream notes have changed to nutmeg. They combine great with the cedar. The earth notes have decreased. The pepper has intensified to a 7. The finish is a slightly rich cream and lingering pepper. This segment had a great change.
The ash was very tight and no splintering. Almost at the band and the ash is still intact. That was impressive.
A little past the midpoint the cedar is still there but the nutmeg have tapered off. The earth notes have really tapered off but there are now charred wood notes that you could call oak. A lot of the richness has decreased.
The cigar wound up with sweet cedar with some richness. The wood notes and coffee are still around. The earth notes have greatly decreased. The pepper is still very good and at least a 7. The finish is a sweet cream and some nice lingering pepper. The cigar may have ticked up to medium to full bodied. This was the best of the Black Patch cigars that I reviewed. I enjoyed this cigar a lot and could easily smoke many more of them. Look for them on their website and try them. You will not be sorry!