Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Santa Muerte ships to select Retailers

October 25, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce they are shipping SANTA MUERTE to select retailers this week.

“This is our first year to produce Santa Muerte.  It features six filler tobaccos which create a very unique and rich flavor profile. You experience layer upon layer of coffee, malt, spice and cocoa.  I have been working on this blend for a long time and am very excited to share it with the public.  As the name suggests there is a Day of the Dead theme, this cigar is a tribute to those no longer with us,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

SANTA MUERTE will be available in limited quantities at select retailers.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican, Connecticut and San Andrés
  Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
  Short Robusto – 4.75 x 52 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
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 cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified.  More information can be found at www.BlackLabelTrading.com.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust - Mi Querida Review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 6
Ring: 48

Background: The folks at CigarCity.com absolutely know how to treat a guy right. They sent on Steve Saka’s newest offering – the Mi Querida [my dear / my beloved] and as a spoiler alert I am absolutely excited to give this one a shot. The vast majority of the items he has put out in the past have been great, and if you’re in doubt after the Sobremesa, let’s not forget all that he did in the past with Drew Estate.

Appearance (0-20):  The rich looking wrapper on this one is a nice contrast against the blue and gold bands. From just the initial look, it’s got Steve Saka written all over it. The wrapper is gorgeous and actually is already showing signs of plume. There are very few veins of note. Looking at the band itself, as noted, the combo of colors works. The “Mi Querida” is in a gold cursive script, covering the blue patterned backdrop.
Score: 19

Construction (0-20): The feel of this one is absolutely wonderful. It’s silky but still has a slight oily feel to it. The stick is absolutely firm and well packed, with no gaps of note anywhere. Small amount of debris was found on the cut, but nothing major. Very tight draw to begin, which remained a little tighter than I would have liked post light through the halfway point of the stick, where it then opened up.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): Listed as medium to full, this one drops almost squarely into that wheelhouse with little exception. It’s got a nice amount of kick without being overboard; overall it’s really well balanced.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Much like most Saka offerings – I have expectations on the flavor. Those expectations were generally met when I lit this one up. Rich leather and wood flavors greet the palate with just hints of spice on the back end. There is a somewhat nutty quality that you can notice begin to take shape a little over a third of the way in. There’s a lot of warm flavors on the tongue too – looking toward some pepper and the kind of spices you would think of with the holidays, namely cinnamon but from time to time there was almost a bit of clove. If those weren’t enough, there is a nice dark chocolatey sweetness that level sets the cigar and makes it whole.
Score: 19

Value (0-20):  Cigars have to earn their price tag in my mind. This one, at around the $9.00 price, checks off that box.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with water, provided by Cigars City.com

Overall (0-100): When Steve Saka went off on his own and began to blend again, we had all hoped his initial offering, the Sobremesa, would be an absolute home run. Spoiler alert – it wasn’t. While the cigar was a decent and straightforward smoke, it felt more like a 4 pitch walk to first than it did a swing for the fences. This smoke rights those wrongs.

There really isn’t too much to complain over here. The flavor is outstanding. Leather, wood, spices, and chocolate meld in effortlessly. All around the cigar looks great and has a nice even burn all around – with the only real nitpick I have being the construction. This one was tighter than I wanted it to be for a little too long of a time. There is a fine balance there, and I would rather have a cigar that is a bit tight as opposed to one that’s too loose.

Final Verdict – I’m going to be smoking a lot of these. Get your hands on some!

Score: 92

The Cigar - Moments of Pleasure price update!

Previously, we had the opportunity to review the book, The Cigar - Moments of Pleasure. Its an incredibly insightful and visually stimulating book that every cigar lover should have the opportunity to read. We recently received an update from the publisher that it is now being offered on Amazon at a killer price - $20. Since they passed on the message on the savings to us, we decided it should be passed on to you too! Enjoy!

Throw Down Project - Cigar Fed, Reddit & Black Label Trading Company

October 20, 2016 — Cigar Federation, Reddit (rcigars), and Black Label Trading Co. (BLTC) are pleased to announce the 2016 Throw Down Project. 

The Throw Down is a competition between the online cigar communities; Cigar Federation and Reddit.  Each competitor worked with BLTC to determine their community’s final cigar blend. Consumers will be able to vote for which blend they liked the best and it will be crowned the winner.

James Brown, creator of BLTC and Oveja Negra, was excited to be involved in this project and enjoyed working with both communities in the blending process.  Brown stated, “The cigars they chose are extremely different flavor profiles so it might be an obvious choice for some people, however I find it hard to pick my favorite of the two.  This is going to be a tough competition for sure.”

Logan Lawler, owner of Cigar Federation, chose a 7x38 lancero featuring a Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican filler.  Logan stated, “I went against the tide with this cigar. Normally, I don’t gravitate toward Connecticut’s but this blend is going to surprise people”.

Reddit chose a 7x38 lancero featuring a San Andrés Maduro wrapper with Nicaraguan filler and a Nicaraguan Habano binder. An Phan, a Reddit moderator said, “Very few factories use San Andrés as well as Fabrica Oveja Negra.  The richness of the flavor will command your attention from the first draw.”

The Throw Down Project will be available exclusively through Cigar Federation HERE. Sales begin Tuesday, October 25th at 1PM Eastern for CigFed/Reddit members and those who sign up for early access and will be opened up to the general public starting at 3PM Eastern.

Bundles will include ten cigars – five of the Cigar Federation blend and five of the Reddit blend. Only 150 ten count bundles were produced. The ten count bundles will sell for $79.95

Black Label Trading Company is re-defining the standards for cigar making. Using each project as a showcase for the technique and tobacco behind their boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra.