Ken Byron Ventures King Black

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.


Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Virginia
Flavoring Honey, Sweet / Sugar, Vanilla
Cut Ribbon
Packaging bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: Ken Byron
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 10, 2019 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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