Brand: Black Cat Cigar Company
Vitola: No. 2 (Toro) 6 x 50
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Box Price: $74.95 (Bundle of 25)
The Philly-based Black Cat Cigar Co. seems to have a knack for nabbing blue-chip cigar blenders for its house brands. A few weeks ago, I reviewed the company’s Rey Miguel, a Pepin Garcia-made offering. Now, it’s time for the Black Cat Dominicans, a line made by Henke Kelner, blender and manufacturer for the famous Davidoff and AVO brands.
The Dominicans have a smooth, slightly veiny appearance, which is highlighted by the silhouette of — surprise! — a black cat on the yellow, black and white cigar band.
Upon my prelight draw, I could tell that it would have that signature Kelner smoothness. When I lit up, I was impressed by the BCD’s creamy, toasty flavor, with a nutty finish. As I smoked it through, I noticed it got a touch cedary, but the finish remained the same.
The draw stayed consistent throughout, and the burn remained fairly even.
Verdict: A fine Dominican cigar that’s smooth and tasty. A touch better than the Alec Bradley Occidental Reserve, also made by Kelner, but I’m not sure it’s worth $20 more per bundle.
Similar cigars: The Occidental Reserve.
(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)