Episode 487: Kenbano Oro by Black Patch Cigars


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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Black Patch Cigars
Woodford Reserve Distillery

Episode 431: La Palina Black Label Robusto


BACKGROUND: La Palina recently added the Black Label to its portfolio, a cigar purported to be the strongest La Palina blend to date. The line, which is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, sports a very dark and rustic Brazilian-grown Bahiano wrapper that covers a Dominican binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Said brand owner Paley, “The Black Label was another labor of love for La Palina, I am proud to be able to offer this exceptional blend.”


The La Palina Black Label is presented in boxes of 20 and each stick will run you between $9 and $11.50 apiece. The Black Label was released in 4 sizes: the Petite Lancero (6 x 40), the Toro (6 x 50) the Gordo (6 x 60) and the cigar I’m featuring today, the 5 x 52 ring gauge Robusto.




FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone 2014 Velvet Merkin
Our libation of the week is Firestone 2014 Velvet Merkin. This is a very popular, yet hard to find, Oatmeal Stout from our friends at the local Firestone brewing company.

A total of 3,500 cases of 22-oz bottles were produced, with availability in select markets across the United States.

The Velvet Merkin weighs in at 8.5% ABV and at 33 on the IBU scale. It comes in 22-ounce bottles at a suggested retail price of $16.99 and there is some limited availability of the beer on tap.


  • NO PODCAST FOR NEXT 2 WEEKS. Stogie Fresh 5 will return again on January 11, 2015. We wish you all a great holiday season.
  • Doc talks about the recent craft beer and cigar tasting at The Boss Cigar shop in Arroyo Grande, California.
  • Doc discusses a new cigar brand: Sinistro Cigars.
  • News: U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it was expanding business, economic and political relations with Cuba.


I first featured the Black Patch Kenbano Gran Toro in Episode 359 of the SF5 podcast, back on Sunday, April 28, 2013. These cigars have been aging a total of 1 year, 8 months and 29 days in my humidor.

La Palina Cigars
Firestone Brewing Co.
New boutique brand: Sinistro
U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it was expanding business, economic and political relations with Cuba

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