BACKGROUND: Eric McAnallen, owner of Black Patch Cigar Company, recently announced the unveiling of two new cigars, which are produced in the Dominican Republic at the farms and factories of Jorge F. Carbonell. By blending his proprietary Kentucky-grown tobacco, Kenbano, with choice Dominican tobaccos, McAnallen has created two exciting new cigar blends: the Kenbano Oro (Gold) and Kenbano Platino (Platinum).
The cigars were blended in 2012 by a panel of testers who, after numerous blind tasting sessions, were delighted with the results. Production began in the summer of 2014 and the completed cigars have been aging for just over a year prior to shipment.
Kenbano Oro and Kenbano Platino come packed in boxes (or bundles) of 20 cigars.
This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge Kenbano Oro Gran Toro.
FEATURED LIBATION: Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon
The Woodford Reserve Distillery is located in Versailles, Kentucky, a site that also happens to be a National Historic Landmark. Though all the stone buildings are over 100 years old, the distillery building is the oldest and dates back to 1838.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select is a small-batch bourbon that is 90.4 proof or 45.2% alcohol by volume. It’s moderately priced at between $30-$40 per bottle, depending on where you buy it and it comes in a cool square-ish bottle that looks like an oversized hip flask.
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