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Cigar Review: Black Works Studio, Killer Bee

Black Works Studio, Killer Bee






James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra, is launching Black Works Studio as a showcase for the boutique cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.


“Part of the motivation for opening our own factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra, was to experiment and develop unique blends highlighting Nicaraguan tobacco. Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is my first opportunity to use our factory as my playground. Blending cigars is my passion and I ended up with several blends and ideas on the shelf, the time was right to launch a new brand.


My inspiration comes from many things; art, movies, music, etc. that ultimately result in a new cigar blend. I have always looked at cigar making as an art form and BWS is another expression of what I can do as a cigar maker and brand owner.”




“Keeping with our small batch philosophy BLK WKS showcases Fabrica Oveja Negra’s ability to not only create unique premium cigars but also bring new brands into the market,” continues Brown.



The killer bee is dark brown in color showing minimal seam with some visible veins. The rounded cap has three strips of natural tobacco adding to the motif bearing the name. The foot is covered with excess wrapper, the Vitola looks and feels to be tightly packed and very well rolled. 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. I’ve smoked a “Spider” and a “Bat”, so I’m more than willing to broaden my cigar world to enter the hive with the Killer Bee. Pre-Light aroma had notes of chocolate and natural tobacco. No aroma from the foot other than the aforementioned due to it being closed off by the wrapper. Significant resistance noted on the cold draw, again due to the cover foot but it did produce sweet notes of earth and cedar.


Upon first light the Killer Bee produced dark chocolate, black pepper and a strong flavor of espresso. Sweet cedar notes are present with the long spicy finish. Slight resistance was noted at first light but opened up as the foot wrapper burned off.


The pepper notes have decreased slightly, mocha and a black coffee element has appeared with less intensity of espresso which was experienced at first light. The dark chocolate and coffee flavors are very balanced thus far while still producing a sweet cedar nuance.


Coffee and dark chocolate are dominant going into the final third, black pepper has decreased slightly but is still present. Nuances of orange peel and cedar are background flavors. Most notable are the coffee and dark chocolate flavors throughout with spicy pepper through the nose and top of the palate.


Construction of the Black Works Studio Killer Bee was excellent! The V-Cut produced a perfect draw with only slight resistance noted while the closed foot burned off.

The burn line was razor sharp with slight flaking of the ash near the inch point. Dark rich chocolate and coffee notes blended perfectly with notable black pepper giving the Killer Bee a HIGH MEDIUM TO FULL BODIED experience. Recommended with a morning coffee as the smoking time lasted about an hour on all three examples.


The retro gave consistent clean blasts of white pepper right through the nostrils producing flavors of black cherry and raisin.



Cigar Purchased From: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 90

Size: 4.5 x 46 Petite Corona

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan



Love of all things cigars, craft beer, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untapped @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder

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