Kings Cigars is a new entry in the cigar marketplace. According to the Kings Cigars website the brand is brought to us by Anwar Mithavayani, Pete Tyndale and Chris Caban. There are three blends available to the public now with three special, limited releases coming out in a few months time.
The first blend from Kings Cigars I am going to review is the King of Kings. The samples I received were a 6 X 64 Box Pressed Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper with Viso, Secco, and Ligero leaves used as filler tobacco. That is all the information I was given about the blend. I get the impression from their website that this King of Kings blend is the “flagship” blend, taking the best features from their other blends and combining them into the King of Kings.
The band is fairly ornate, topped with a royal blue crown and ribbons that contain the name of the cigar.
The cigar has what I consider an “extreme” box press that makes the cigar rectangular in shape. While this shape is visually appealing, it had a slight, unusual feeling in my mouth while I smoked it. While it is not a unique shape for a cigar, there are not many like it.
The Habano wrapper is tan in color, looking very much like a Connecticut leaf. The wrapper had a cedar / earthy scent and the foot produced a sweet berry aroma. There was a little give along the body, perhaps due to the shape.
Since the cigar is wide and rectangular in shape, my Xikar Xi1 cutter wasn’t going to “cut” it. I decided that a punch cut was the best way to go. After the punch, the pre-light draw was easy and I picked up on more of that sweetness from the filler that I found while sniffing the foot.
After some careful toasting and lighting of the foot, The cigar produced a good amount of smoke volume and had an even burn with a thin carbon ring. The ash that developed was tight and gray in color.
Of the two King of Kings samples I received, I smoked the first one as an end of the evening smoke. I found that as a whole, the strength and body of this cigar is on the mild side and probably not something I would choose for an evening smoke again.
I did sample the second cigar in the morning with a cup of Earl Grey tea. I personally enjoyed the cigar much more at this time of day.
I also felt that this particular blend was fairly one dimensional. I picked up on cedar and tobacco with a bit of a spice sensation during the exhale. The cigar also had a slightly bitter, short finish. This flavor profile was consistent throughout the time I smoked the cigar.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the brand is new and at the moment does not have any distribution in the Tampa Bay area.