Basilica line

Launched in 2015 these complex, full bodied vitolas are blended for Bespoke Cigars by Hendrick Kelner Junior. The Basilica “A” series blend includes the highly coveted Bonao leaf. The Basilica “C” series is constructed with a double binder and utilizes up to 7 different tobaccos. The Basilica was the name given to the Huge Cannon built in the 15th Century for the Ottomans to be used for the siege of Constantinople. The “flared” foot of the Basilica Line cigars  invokes an exploding cannon. The foot is designed this way so as  lead the smoker gently into the full flavours emitted by the rich binder leaves of both cigars.

Basilica C #1

Ring: 52 gauge
Length: 6"
Weight: 17.5 gr

Mild, full bodied cigar with citrus notes. The filler is embraced with 2 binder leaves. One of these binders delivering the citrus flavours to the palate. The cigar is designed to give an initial mellow introduction by having the filler extend beyond the 2 binders. These citrus notes will stay throughout the smoke with some nutty & sweet flavours developing through the smoke. This is a beautiful and well balanced cigar with a complex blend.

This cigar is blended especially for Bespoke Cigars by Hendrik Kelner Jr of the famous Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Wrapper : Brazil
Binder : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru

92 point review by CigarFederation

91 point review by CigarJournal

94 points review by Katman

Basilica C #2

Ring: 39 gauge
Length: 7,48"
Weight: 12,4 gr

We wanted to include a lancero to the Basilica Line. Blending six different tobaccos, this is a complex but well balanced smoke delivering both creaminess and spice to the palate.

This cigar is blended especially for Bespoke Cigars by Hendrik Kelner Jr of the famous Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Wrapper : Brazil
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic

Basilica C#3

Ring: 52 gauge
Length: 4"
Weight: 10 gr

This Cigar is a shorter cousin of the basilica C #1. The dark Ecuadorian Corojo leaf emits unsweetened cocoa and chocolate notes which is balanced by the sweet Jalapa binder. The delicate combination of the 3 filler leaves offer the same tartness that the Basilica C #1 introduces to the palate. This is a smooth full bodied cigar.

This cigar is blended especially for Bespoke Cigars by Hendrik Kelner Jr of the famous Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

Basilica A

Ring: 52 gauge
Length: 6"
Weight: 17.5 gr

Sweet, rich notes achieved by use of the famous 11 year aged Bonao binder leaf, of OPUS X fame, combined with the Pennsylviania broadleaf & Peru Pello D’oro. This takes on the characteristic of the traditional Bespoke range of a well balanced sweetness. Vanilla notes turning to nuttiness in the second half will underlie the sweetness. The aged Bonao binder leaf ensures a full bodied experience throughout the smoke.

The Cotui wrapper leaf is cultivated on a Kelner family plantation ensuring that the KBF factory has the very best pick of the harvest.

This cigar is blended especially for Bespoke Cigars by Hendrik Kelner Jr of the famous Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, USA, Peru

93 point review by William Cooper