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Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet

Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet

 
 
 
 
 
The Killer Bee Green Hornet from Black Works Studio made it’s debut at this year’s IPCPR Tradeshow in Las Vegas NV 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
 
 
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 The Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet will be available in limited quantities at select BLK WKS retailers and is currently shipping.
 
 
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  • APPEARANCE

The Killer Bee Green Hornet is dark brown in color showing visible seam with notable tooth and veins. The rounded cap has three strips of Candela showing the binder of the vitola. The foot is covered with excess wrapper, like the “Killer Bee” the only difference being candela, the Vitola looks like a work of art with the green accents from the wrapper.

The singular band with a black background and gold accents on the cigar reads the name “KILLER BEE”, with smaller lower case font reading “black works studio”. A couple of other background things are going on, there is a wicked looking hornet in front of a green laser design, the bands on the Killer Bee and the Killer Bee Green Hornet are virtually identical.

I’ve smoked a Spider, a Bat and a Killer Bee so, it’s time to add to the insect world and torch a Green Hornet. Pre-Light aroma had hints of chocolate with heavy grass notes. The cold draw yielded resistance due to the unfinished candela wrapper producing flavors of sweet grass and hay.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Minimal resistance on ignition until the foot covered in Candela burns off. Instant flavors of grassy hay, creamy leather and coffee. Most of the first flavors experienced have a slight bitter nuance associated with them.

The spice element is in the form of black pepper felt in the throat area, at a medium level. The retro produced white pepper evolving into notes of fresh cut grass and coffee. One of the examples smoked for review produced a flowering effect on the ash shortly after first light.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Flavors of leather and coffee with notes of grassy hay which is slightly perplexing as the foot has long burned off, the linear Candela cap is probably producing the flavors experienced at first light, however not as strong in taste.

Flavors of burnt cedar and lower level black pepper are still notable adding to the spice element of the vitola. The retro has decreased in strength but producing white pepper evolving into a nuance of chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

The spicy element of the cigar has increased with black pepper and dark roast coffee. Sweet cedar, a bouquet of bitter grassy flavors and creamy leather are very distinct and balanced.

As the black pepper increased a spice developed on the lips and tongue in between draws. The retro is producing earthy notes with white pepper turning slightly bitter in nature.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Construction on the Killer Bee Green Hornet was solid! At times the vitola produced a flowering ash which was cool. The burn line was razor sharp and other than the few occasions of flowering effect, the blackish grey ash was solid producing a stack of dimes. A few re- lights were required in the cold air of my current location, the Sierra Nevada’s.

The vitola had the perfect amount of resistance on the V-cut that produced thick amounts of creamy white smoke. The strength of the Green Hornet was in the HIGH MEDIUM to FULL bodied range producing straight forward flavors, the Candela aspect was pretty consistent, balanced with the spicy aspect of the cigar it produced an array of savory and unique flavors.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Grass/Hay
  • Coffee
  • Black Pepper
  • Leather
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving to nuances of Chocolate

 

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Cigars Purchased From: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 89

Size: 5 x 48 Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro w/ Candela linear cap & closed foot

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Nicaragua, Fabrica Oveja Negra

 

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3 Responses to “Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Killer Bee Green Hornet by Black Works Studio
    Is that six caps I see? It looks great with the alternating maduro and candela leaves. Visually, the Killer Bee Green Hornet is a beautiful cigar. Let’s see if the looks match the taste. It certainly has a grassy pre-light draw due to the candela-wrapped closed foot.

    First Light
    -Candella foot burn: grass, char, subtle sweetness
    -Maduro: Grass, oak, red pepper, honey, cream
    So far, this is a creamy smoke with a decent balance of flavors. Low side of medium strength, the Green Hornet does have a slight sting (had to say it) in the form of what is now becoming red pepper.

    Cruise
    -Grass, red pepper to black pepper, burnt peanut (the char), clove honey
    Retro hale is really releasing a nice blast of honey sweetness with white pepper and oak. There is this immediate sweetness on each draw that is—as close as I can get to defining— a clove honey. There is a lingering of grassiness normally associated with candela leaf, even though it is long burned off. Maybe the candela cap layers in the mouth or residual effect of the foot cap, but it is adding a tolerably nice candela-based flavor without the overpowering effect of a complete candela wrapped cigar. A little touch-up required on the burn line, but the Green Hornet has a firm ash and nice draw.

    Halfway point and the red pepper backed off to simple black pepper, although there is a long pepper bite on the finish.

    Final Third
    -Grass, leather, clove honey
    Touching up the boat in the burn line again. Pepper is still gradually tapering off, but slightly lingers on the palate and continues doing so right to the end. The grassiness is still evident (candela caps?) as is the honey sweetness and leather.

    Conclusion
    Most cigar smokers tend to dislike the normally overwhelming heavy grass and hay resulting from the chlorophyll left in the leaf due to the fire-cured, quick processing of the tobacco. I am okay with it if it is barber poled with another leaf, as it is on the Asylum 13 Ogre. With the limited amount of candela in the Green Hornet, this made for an unusual smoke. I would recommend trying one just because it is so unique, in a good way.

    I gauge the Green Hornet as a medium strength, if not low-medium, due to the overall tapering of the pepper.

    Rating: 87

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

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  • Bob Langmaid:

    Looks like James Brown has done it again!!! I love the closed candela foot on this cigar!

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