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Notes: King Black should hit some nostalgic notes for people who loved Black & Mild cigars or Captain Black as new smokers, but adds the richness of flavor the modern smoker craves through high quality imported tobaccos and real hearty tobacco flavor. This is no Danish aromatic.

This smoke should be reminiscent of classic American smokes but add some strength, body, mouth feel, and palate flavor via darker grades of Virginia and fire cured Virginia. Instead of trying to make richer aromatic, I made a richer blend using difficult to source imported blending components including from Gawith & Hoggarth.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringHoney, Sweet / Sugar, Vanilla
ProductionNo longer in production
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Room Note
Very Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2934)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The woody, earthy, dark fruity, very floral, cigar-like, herbal dark Malawi Virginia takes a small lead over the spicy, woody, earthy, floral, dark fruity fire cured Virginia. It’s easy to tell that these varietals are from Gawith & Hoggarth. The sugary black cavendish helps smooth out a few rough edges as do the toppings. The rich vanilla is the lead topping, followed closely by the honey, and a little sugar. The toppings mildly sublimate the strong tobaccos, and both cohesively bind to create a complex, nuanced, well balanced, punchy aromatic. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a couple of steps behind them. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool, clean, and a tad slow with a very consistent sweet and mildly savory, very floral, rich, deep flavor that translates to the lingering after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars out of four.


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Driftedshank Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Driftedshank (5)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I rarely smoke aromatics. However, I tried King Black and thought it was just great. Rich but not heavy taste. A bit of cocoa, vanilla and honey enhances some sweet virginia and cavendish. Excellent tobacco quality, just as described by the blender. No bite, no goop. Balanced, consistent flavor. I've tried a number of Ken Byron blends.They are very well done. KBV makes a very serious attempt to find the best blending leaf and flavoring components. As a point of reference, If you like Wilke 191, you might enjoy King Black as well.

Pipe Used: variety

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Ken Byron

2 people found this review helpful.