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Short Cuts: Black Label Trading Company Santa Muerte

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Black Label Trading Company Santa Muerte

 

 

FROM LAST YEARS PRESS RELEASE:

August 1, 2016Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the annual release of SANTA MUERTE: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra. Santa Muerte is being released in small batches leading up to its official birth date of November 1st.

“We have gone out of the box on the Santa Muerte. Most of our Limited Releases have been full bodied maduros. This one is a med bodied cigar with a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. 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 and the cigar will be released Nov 1st to celebrate,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

 

 

SANTA MUERTE will be released in limited quantities to select retailers with full production date to be announced.

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

 

AVAILABLE SIZES:

  • Corona Gorda: 5/5 x 48
  • Short Robusto: 4/75 x 52

 

 

APPEARANCE

 

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is Graham Cracker in color, silky smooth with seam, tooth and an artistic road map of veins. The vitola has a wide open foot with a triple head cap. One band sits on the Santa Muerte, typical BLTC gothic white and black depicts a skull with a white cross and the words “SANTA MUERTE” in straight white Spanish looking font. 

Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte, Spanish for Our Lady of the Holy Death. Again I’ve always maintained that BLTC art work has a familiarity with Santeria or Voodoo?

I bet James Brown is from New Orleans? The words “BLACK LABEL TRADING Co.” is on the bottom with white artistic trim in the middle. Pre light aroma had notes of cedar, chocolate and corn nuts. The cold draw produced flavors of oak, leather and milk chocolate.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • AN AROMA OF RICH CEDAR OFF THE FOOT
  • Leather/Rich
  • Coffee/Light
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts/Raw
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Maple/Char
  • Black Pepper/Upper Med all the way to the back of the throat with a nuance of leather
  • Black Pepper/Med on the retro evolving into flavors of toasted cedar

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Leather/Char
  • Cedar/Rich
  • Coffee/Black
  • Raisins/Sweet
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate/Mild Bitter
  • Almonds/Smoked
  • Black Pepper/Table Pepper/Dusting
  • Black Pepper/Mild on the retro evolving into flavors of Nuts/Cedar

FINAL THIRD

  • CORE FLAVORS ARE LEATHER/CEDAR
  • Plain Browned Toast
  • Leather/Bitter/Cream
  • Coffee/Black
  • Black Licorice/Nuance
  • Molasses/Thick/Sweet
  • Walnuts/Roasted Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate/Mild/Bitter
  • Oily Black Pepper/Decreased
  • Black Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Coffee Grounds/Cedar

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • CONSTRUCTION: Solid
  • BURN: Razor Sharp, Thick Carbon Line On The Silky Wrapper
  • ASH: Blackish/Grey/Thick Compact holding past the inch point
  • CUT: V Cut
  • DRAW: Perfect Milkshake Type Resistance
  • RE LIGHTS: Zero
  • STRENGTH: Upper Medium

SUGGESTED PAIRINGS

CONCLUSION

 

The core flavors of the Santa Muerte were predominantly leather and cedar with sweet nuances of milk and dark chocolate. Roasted nuts were notable as well. This was a solid upper MEDIUM bodied offering that fits well into the amazing and tasty portfolio of BLTC. Purchased early last year I remember smoking one right away, the others have been aging since then. 

They have peaked to perfection and are ready for smoking. A notable construction trait was the thick black carbon line slowly progressing with combustion. Paired with both beer and coffee it’s suited well for either with a kiss of sweetness recommended for any time of day.

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED LAST YEAR

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 3

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 91

SIZE: Short Robusto: 4/75 x 52

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano

BINDER: Ecuador Habano

FILLER: Nicaragua / Dominican/ San Andrés

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Nicaragua

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