BACKGROUND: In the western region of Kentucky is an area known as “Black Patch,” where the dark, fertile soil has been used to grow tobacco for over 150 years. Originally used for growing Burley tobacco, these rich fields are now used by Eric Mcanallen of Black Patch Cigars to grow Kentucky Broadleaf and a new proprietary Habano seed called, Kenbano (Kentucky + Habano).
After curing, Mcanallen’s Black-Patch-raised tobacco is shipped to the Dominican Republic, where it is fermented, aged and eventually blended and rolled into cigars at the farms and factories of Jorge F. Carbonell. The Kenbano sports a Dominican Havana Vuelta Abajo wrapper that surrounds a Dominican Criollo 98 binder and the filler tobacco includes USA/Kentucky Kenbano 2007, Dominican Piloto Cubano and Dominican Criollo 98 Bonao. Only two sizes of this special edition cigar will be released: a 5 x 50 Robusto and the cigar I’m featuring today, a 6-inch x 54 ring gauge Gran Toro.
FEATURED LIBATION: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon
This whiskey is produced at the scenic Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Like Bookers bourbon, it is named after the Master Distiller, or Distiller Emeritus of the distillery it comes from.
This is a single barrel bourbon and, unlike most single barrel bourbons, this carries no age statement. It is simply bottled when it’s namesake, Elmer T. Lee determines the barrel is at its peak.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• No podcast next week. I am heading back to Nicaragua and Drew Estate for Cigar Safari 2013
• Doc talks about a camera class at the Brooke’s Institute in Santa Barbara this weekend.
• Doc talks about new Camera accessory purchases
• Davidoff revealed a brand new website this past week.
• Macanudo just announced its sponsorship of the upcoming season of Big Break
• Nomad Cigar Company will release a Nicaraguan Cigar this summer.
DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Nestor Miranda 2011 Grand Reserve
I first featured the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve in Episode 305 back on Saturday, February 11, 2012. These cigars have now been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 4 months and 24 days and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week for this review.
FEATURED WEB SITES:
Black Patch Cigars
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon
Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod
Really Right Stuff MH-01 Pro: Monopod Head with B2-Pro II
YONGNUO TTL Speedlite YN-565EX
Davidoff new website
Macanudo sponsors “Big Break Mexico.”
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