JC Newman

June 07, 2014

King of Kings Broadleaf (6 x 64 Box Pressed)

Video review HERE.

Kings Cigars burst on the scene in 2013. I have reviewed several of their cigars and all have done very well. In fact, the Conde churchill was my number 2 cigar of last year! They have two factories; one in Esteli, Nicaragua and one in Santiago, Dominican Republic. This is their newest addition to their lineup, the King of Kings Broadleaf.

Wrapper: Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Kings proprietary blend

The cigar is a beautiful, oily dark brown. It is very thick and weighty. It is also box pressed.

The cigar was too large to cut with the Xikar X1 cutter so I decided to use the Xikar scissors. I took off just a sliver of the cap. The test draw was very good. The initial flavors were a sweet grapefruit citrus and nutmeg combination, tons of black coffee, and heavy black pepper rated at an 8.5.

About 3/4 inch in the cigar is burning very evenly. It is very hard to make a cigar of this size burn evenly unless you go slowly. The flavors are about the same as they were initially but you can add some charred oak. The finish is a toasted cream with a little lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied but it feels like it will move heavier.

One inch in and you can see from the time this is a slow burning cigar. There is some richness now coming from cocoa. It adds quite a bit of sweetness and richness to the other flavors. The cigar is still medium bodied but moving toward medium to full bodied. The burn is perfect.

With about 2 1/2 inches remaining the cocoa notes have decreased but there is an elevated sweetness in the grapefruit and nutmeg combination. The wood notes are subtle. The coffee is still very good. The pepper is still good. The finish is the same. The cigar is medium to full bodied now.

With a little less than 2 inches remaining I was at 84 minutes in. The flavors are still consisting of sweet grapefruit and nutmeg but the wood notes are very prominent now. The cocoa notes are still there but subtle. The coffee is still very good along with the pepper. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is close to full bodied at this point.

The cigar ended at around 100 minutes; an hour and 40 minutes! The flavors are about like they were in the last segment but the cigar is full bodied now. The flavors in this cigar are great. I loved the mix. The cigar burned very evenly for a huge cigar. These cigars are moving into more and more shops across the U.S. and I urge you to give them a try. All of them are very good. This is yet another example of their expertise!

Score: 94

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