Ken Byron Ventures Zen Pants

This is a blend heavy in Latakia but still smooth. It contains Orientals and Virginia, but the Orientals should be more forward than the Virginia. It contains tobaccos from four distinct blending houses.
Notes: It is inspired by Esoterica Penzance using design cues gleaned from smoking it, reading interviews with Robert Germain, and trial/error. I wanted to blend something like Penzance but using the best tobaccos sourceable for each component versus trying to match it exactly. Since Penzance usually shows up already broken in transit, I decided to go against the grain and use all ribbons vs a kake (which has become trendy). This is not a match blend.


Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce pouch
Country United States
Production Currently available


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Medium to Strong
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2019 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong
I'm not a big fan of Penzance . I like it but won't go out of my way to obtain it- mostly due to it being a crumble cake. I do like English/Balkan style blends that are rich tasting and full, with a Penzance-like taste profile . I smoke more of this style than other tobaccos. I'm old enough to have smoked and loved Sobranie white in it's multiple iterations, 759, the great Sullivan Powell blends, Dunhill (Murray and pre-Murray) and other classics. Zen Pants (get the Penzance reference?) and another Byron blend called Mountains of Madness are very similar in style and quality to those old blends. Mountains of Madness is even richer than Zen Pants. Superb now, but with some age, they may well be even better.
Pipe Used: various
PurchasedFrom: Ken Byron
Age When Smoked: new
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