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April


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  • PRESS RELEASE
  • April 10, 2017 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce they are shipping Bishops Blend vintage 2017 to select retailers this week.
  • “It’s great to get Bishops Blend back in the market. This is a very special cigar.  It is a representation of how I have grown as a cigar maker.  I’m happy that the time and dedication that went into creating this blend has translated to our customers and made it one of our most sought after cigars. The 2017 Bishops Blend has an extremely rich and sophisticated profile. It is a bold cigar with exceptional balance and complexity. Subtle spice is combined with earth, bitter sweet chocolate and anise. The smoke is creamy and dense with a long rich finish,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.
  • BISHOPS BLEND will be available in limited quantities at select retailers.
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Ecuador Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Connecticut & PA Broadleaf

Corona Larga – 6.25 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $10.50

Robusto – 5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $10.00

  • Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.
  • BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified.  More information can be found at www.BlackLabelTrading.com.
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June


bishop-le-pageJune 28, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the release of BISHOPS BLEND: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

BISHOPS BLEND will be debuting at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show.

“The Bishops Blend has been a long time in the making, and I’m very excited for its release. I took a very different approach by using Pennsylvania and Connecticut Broadleaf in the filler. The end result is a very rich and intense flavor profile that highlights the Broadleaf but doesn’t overpower the Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Bishops Blend has a great balance between richness, spice and strength. As with all the BLTC limited releases, it is a unique smoking experience,” says James Brown.

BISHOPS BLEND cigars will be available in limited quantities at select BLTC retailers at the end of July, 2016.

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
  • Binder: Ecuador Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua / Pennsylvania/ Connecticut Broadleaf
    • Robusto – 5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $9.50
    • Corona Larga – 6.25 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $10.00

Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.

BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at BlackLabelTrading.com.

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June


kb-imageJune 22, 2016 — Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of GREEN HORNET: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

GREEN HORNET will be debuting at this year’s IPCPR Tradeshow and will be released in small batches throughout the year.

“It’s never easy following up your biggest hit, but I think the Green Hornet is the perfect addition to the Killer Bee Line. The Green Hornet started as an event only cigar, however after seeing the response from consumers and retailers we knew it had to become a regular release.

The blend is a touch stronger than the Killer Bee to compliment the larger vitola and the closed Candela foot creates a very unique profile from the first puff. The Green Hornet is big, bold, rich and spicy. Everything you expect from a cigar in the Killer Bee lineup,” said James Brown.

GREEN HORNET will be available in limited quantities at select BLK WKS retailers at the end of July, 2016.

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro w/a Candela linear cap & closed foot
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua
    • Robusto – 5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $9.50

BLK WKS cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique and tobacco behind boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra.

BLK WKS Cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at BlackLabelTrading.com

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April


morph-2016-prApril 6, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the third release of MORPHINE: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Black Label Trading Co. first released MORPHINE in June, 2014. Followed by the second release in June 2015. MORPHINE is produced by BLTC’s factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli.

“Morphine has quickly become a favorite of our customers. I think we can now say it’s our signature blend. The 2016 Morphine will not disappoint with its big bold flavors and unique character. The blend is the same but we have changed the vitolas to highlight different characteristics of the cigar. This production also includes our first torpedo cigar in any of the BLTC lines.” Said James Brown.

MORPHINE cigars will be available in limited quantities at select BLTC retailers at the end of May, 2016.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $10.50
Lancero – 7.25 x 42 (12 count) MSRP $11.00
Torpedo Box Press – 5 x 54 (18 count) MSRP $10.50

Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a less is more philosophy Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.

BLTC are available for purchase Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at www.BlackLabelTrading.com

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March


The most excellent manager at The Wharf handed me some samples, which we call homework.  Two of the cigars looked vaguely familiar to me.  Black and white labels with some nice design, attractive looking tobacco.  Needless to say, I was intrigued.  I was handed two of these samples, Black Label Trading Company, and I chose the Lawless blend for the first review.  The Benediction will soon follow.  So, enough babbling here, let’s get smoking.

Construction: This is an exceptionally nice looking cigar.  The Habano Rosado wrapper leaf is a nice deep red-brown with loads of oils.  The seams are smooth and no veins.  The overall look of the cigar is very rustic and rather lumpy.  Honestly, a look I enjoy in any cigar.  The band also deserves some recognition here.  A simple black and white scheme always looks good on cigars and in this case they used a nice Victorian flourish with a skull and crown.  It’s a simple scheme that works well.  The foot is protected by a band as well.  This sporting the name of the cigar in matching black and white using distressed lettering.  Overall a very nice presentation.

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March


Finally!  It’s not below freezing outside and no white crap is falling from the sky!  What a winter it has been around here…heck, everywhere!  So, to celebrate this joyous occasion, I am sitting on the porch with a bottle of mineral water and a Black Label Trading Company Benediction.  After smoking the Lawless and being blown to smithereens by its complexity and craftsmanship, I decided the time was right for round two.  Let’s get smoking….

Construction: An absolutely gorgeous red-brown and veinless wrapper leaf, no seams or other issues, oils so heavy you can see yourself in the reflection.  Just another beautiful cigar from BLTC.

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February


The Black Label Trading Company is the work of owner James Brown and the philosophy that less is more. BLTC limits production of its cigars to a 1000 or less boxes per year. The Cigar in this review is the Last Rites and is produced in Nicaragua from Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos and is limited to 500 boxes per year.

Appearance/Construction:

The first thing you will notice about the cigar is the striking bands. The main band calls out the name of the company and has a beautiful company logo. The foot band has the name of the cigar. A note on the foot band on both the cigars smoked for this review when the foot band was removed before lighting the cigar it pulled part of the wrapper off due to the glue used to attach the band being excessively applied. The cigar has great feel to it and the wrapper has some tooth to it with very minimal veins, the seams on the cigar are near perfect. The cigar has a nice weight to it and feels well balanced in hand. The wrapper is a dark chocolate brown color and has a fair amount of oils on it. The cigar is capped by a well applied double cap and has a clean cut foot.

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February


This was the best boxed press cigar I have ever had…period.   After smoking theBlack Label Trading Company’s (BLTC) Benediction I was very excited for BLTC’s Last Rites.  It seems the Last Rites cigar is the cigar of cigars at BLTC.  This cigar is a rare small batch with a Nicaraguan and Honduran Filler. A Honduran binder and topped off with a very dark brown aged Ecuadorian Maduo wrapper.  In fact, this cigar is so small batched that BLTC only makes 500 boxes a year of this amazing smoke.  Get them while they are hot!

As mentioned on BLTC’s website, the complex layers really are unforgettable.  I tend to lean more towards full bodied cigars, so this was right in my wheel house of flavor and taste.  Great smooth earthy tones and a bit of spice are noted in the Nicaraguan and strong Honduran tobacco filler.  Do not smoke this cigar on an empty stomach because it will deliver a knock out punch to you.  Make sure you are prepared because this cigar is the extreme opposite of light and fluffy.

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February


One night I was checking out the Underground Cigar Group on Facebook and I noticed a post by Don Wiggins about a new boutique cigar company that he was going to carry at the Underground Cigar Shop and Lounge.  The post immediately grabbed my full attention because I love to smoke boutique cigars.  The presentation of the cigars from the post picture intrigued me.  The cigars in the post were from the Black Label Trading Company.

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February


One of the perks to writing a cigar blog is that you are always learning about new cigars.  When the people over at Black Label Trading Company contacted me about reviewing some of their cigars I jumped at the opportunity.  Having not heard of them before and not have seen any of their cigars in my local shops I was anxious to try what they had to offer.  I was not disappointed.

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