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K Habano by Karen Berger

K Habano by Karen Berger is a masterfully blended Nicaraguan puro that relaxes the mind while exciting the senses. The K Habano brings a luscious red, almost Rosado Habano wrapper into a highlight of sweet and spicy Nicaraguan fillers and binder that is perfect for any cigar enthusiast. Karen is no novice when it comes to making the perfect blends. Learning the art from her late husband, Don “Kiki” Berger, Karen has added several blends creating her own line.

Profile: Medium

Wrapper: Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Shape: Toro

Length: 6

Gauge: 52

Country: Nicaragua

Box-pressed: Yes

Sweet: N/A

Pricing: $90.00 (Box of 10 ) $9.00 (per stick)

First Impression: I am new to this line… I tend to stick with cigars I know unless I plan on a review or they’re suggested to me. I am a trained tobacconist, but even I have a tobacconist (as we all should), and this was one of her recommendations. The cigar is a boxed pressed toro with a beautiful reddish-brown oily wrapper. The overall aroma was that of a freshly hayed field with a slight musty barnyard undertone.

Lighting, Draw, and Burn: I utilized a V-style cutter for a more centralized airflow. The cigar has good and tight construction with excellent balance and weight. The cold draw was that of dried figs and raisin toast. I used a single jet torch lighter to toast and light. The draw was clean and free of plugs, and the burn was even with an ultra-thin burn line and I noticed a heavy and stiff grayish/white ash.

Flavor: The flavors were interesting to say the least and everything you’d expect from Nicaraguan tobacco, from the subtle hints of spice to the peppery finish. However, there were a few unexpected treats along the way, and I discovered touches of cedar, roasted walnuts, black coffee, and figs soaked in spiced rum.

Final Thoughts: The K Habano Series from Karen Berger is a worthy addition to my humidor collection. I recommend this cigar to anyone who wants something different when experiencing Nicaraguan tobacco.

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