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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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