After the full strength experience I had with the Skull and Bones Mystery 2011, I was a bit leery getting into another smoking session with the King Havano, especially due to its oscuro wrapper. I was ready to get something of a lighter fare, but something just made me want to pick up the King Havano and basically throw caution to the wind to see what this stick had in store for me.
At first blush the Oliveros King Havano Oscuro Knight had this attention-getting visage that was pretty close to looking a tad tacky due to the shiny gold and yellow design on its bands (one on the foot and one near the head). Perhaps it was just the stark contrast between the design and the dark brown color of its wrapper, which by the way, isn’t exactly an oscuro color from a technical standpoint. In comparison, the Rocky Patel Edge has a darker wrapper than this particular cigar.
In any case, the wrapper was quite smooth with no kings or tears. It also didn’t bear any toothy texture to it ,through it did sport a nice oily sheen and was slightly greasy to the touch. In addition, the wrapper had this seamless look to it as it rolled around the cigar’s body, which had no soft spots though it did have a few big veins running throughout the length of the cigar. All in all, the cigar was beautifully constructed and carried a very solid heft to it. The pre-light draw hinted on sweet wood flavors and was near-perfect.
The first third was all about a smooth smoking experience with flavors of wood, dark chocolate and leather. There was a small amount of spice that lingered during its smooth finish. Things became more pleasant during the second third as it carried the same flavor profile with the chocolate component becoming more pronounced and sweeter. Cigar smokers who are looking for great balance and a little bit of complexity will definitely enjoy this part of the cigar’s smoking experience. The last third gave more dominance to the leather and chocolate notes with the wood flavor becoming more of a base. I’d peg this medium-bodied cigar as a medium-full strength stogie.
While the burn line was fairly even at first, it wasn’t free of any problems. It started to canoe well into the second third but it eventually corrected itself, only to require a retouch around the last third of the cigar. The ash also posed a few problems of its own as it was weaker than I anticipated, falling half an inch into the burn and then eventually falling every inch or so thereafter. However, the smoke profile was very decent. It was ample and smooth and had a pleasant aroma to it.
Looks? Check. Flavor? Check. Price (box of 20 for 80 bucks)? Check. Burn? Beep!
I’ve had my own fair share of cigars that burned badly and far worse than the King Havano Oscuro Knight. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need any improvements in that department. It’s a solid stick for sure, and I would thoroughly enjoy a few more if I didn’t have to think about whether I’m going to dust my shirt or my pants from an unexpected ashfall. In addition, there wasn’t anything exciting with the flavor that would make this cigar a cut above the rest. I have a few more of these in the monarch vitola that I’ll be trying to see whether that’s a better cigar in terms of burn and ash qualities but for now, this one’s a third-drawer cigar for me.