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Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Co. Morphine Lancero

Black Label Trading Co. Morphine Lancero


MORPHINE is produced by BLTC’s factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli. “Morphine has quickly become a favorite of our customers. I think we can now say it’s our signature blend.
Morphine will not disappoint with its big bold flavors and unique character. The blend is the same but we have changed the vitolas to highlight different characteristics of the cigar. This years production will include a double wrapped lancero” Said James Brown.
This release commemorates the Fifth Anniversary of both the company and its first limited release, Morphine.
To celebrate the Anniversary the Lancero features a barber pole with Ecuador Maduro and San Andres Wrappers. The Short Robusto comes in Box Press and the original release Corona vitola returns.


  • Corona: 5.5 x 42 (18 count box)
  • Short Robusto Box Press: 4.5 x 50 (20 count box)
  • Lancero Double Wrapper: 7.25 x 42 (12 count box)


2016 SIZES: 

  • Corona Gorda: 5.5 x 48 (20 count box)
  • Lancero: 7.25 x 42 (12 count box)
  • Torpedo Box Press: 5 x 54 (18 count box)


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 are available for purchase Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at





The Morphine Lancero is a true Work of art! Black Label Trading Co. (BLTC) is producing some next level offerings! Created by James Brown and the artisans at Fabrica de Oveja Negra cigar factory in Nicaragua.

Rolled in the Lancero format at 7.25 x 42 the vitola has minimal tooth and vein with a covered foot and a rounded triple pigtail cap. Double wrapped in San Andrés and Ecuadorian Maduro, the lines of the Morphine Lancero are stunning!

Coffee bean in color it has the look of tanned and distressed leather. The contrast in wrappers round out the appearance of the dark and sinister appearance of the barber pole. 



The Morphine has two bands, the primary label has a whole, “Silence of the Lambs,” look to it. Colored in black with silver and grey accents is a Butterfly or Moth with a skull sporting a crown. On top reads, “BLACK LABEL” with “TRADING CO.”

On the bottom in silver font on a black background. In the middle of the motif reads, “Hand Made” with “Est 2013” in silver cursive. The secondary band surrounds the foot of the vitola, colored in black it reads, “Morphine” in light grey with a wicked looking font.

Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard, cedar and coffee grounds. There was some resistance on the cold draw due to the covered foot, with effort the Morphine produced flavors of sangria, caramel and leather spice.


The contrast in colors of the San Andrés and Ecuadorian Maduro wrappers





An aroma of cedar and chocolate permeate off the toasted foot. After initial ignition with slight resistance are flavors of mild char and bergamot (orange peel) with nuances of creamy leather. Settling in are flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and sweet cedar.

Black pepper is creating the spicy element of the Morphine at a MED level creating a sweet leathery spicy aftertaste lasting long in between draws. The retro is producing crisp white pepper though the nose evolving into flavors of caramel.




Entering cruise control are flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, creamy leather and toffee. Background flavors of assorted roasted nuts are present but mild.

Spicy notes of black pepper are still at the level of MED giving the Lancero a balanced but not overwhelming bite. The retro is producing FULL clean white pepper through the nostrils evolving into a distinct flavor of caramel and chocolate.





The first and second stages of the smoking duration produced some very distinct and identifiable flavors, in the final third the Morphine EXPLODES with intensified flavors of espresso, rich dark chocolate and creamy leather.

Nuanced background flavors of sweet cedar, toffee and raw cinnamon are adding to the complex taste profile with the perfect amount of MED balanced black pepper creating an extra long sweet and spicy finish.

The retro is a must on the Morphine, clean white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of toffee and caramel.




A Lancero is a parejo for the true connoisseur of the hobby, the wrapper to filler ratio allows the blend to be truly enjoyed in such a small ring gauge. The Morphine from BLTC crescendoed until the final third when it exploded with flavor!

Upper MED bodied the final duration produced a myriad of dark chocolate and espresso with the right amount of black pepper that didn’t over power the blend.

A true work of art the Lancero is double wrapped in San Andrés and Ecuadorian Maduro, both wrappers provided a pleasant sweetness to very enjoyable and balanced cigar.




• CONSTRUCTION: construction was very good, the vitola maintained its structural integrity even with double wrappers with zero cracks or separation.


• BURN: The burn started slightly crooked on 2 of the 3 cigars smoked for review but self corrected itself in cruise control throughout the final third.


• ASH: The light grey/whitish ash wasn’t very compact and never held past the inch point. Loose for the most part it tapped and or broke off with minimal force.


• CUT: The first cigar was large V cut for media purpose, the final 2 were straight cut.


• DRAW: Resistance at first light due to the covered foot but quickly opened up with a few draws. The final cigar smoked for review had notable resistance in the first two smoking stages opening up in the final third.


• RE LIGHTS: Zero.


• FIRE: Triple flame torch.


• STRENGTH: Upper MED bodied – FULL flavored



Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigar Smoke Rate: 94
Size:  7.25 x 42 Lancero
Wrapper: San Andrés and Ecuadorian Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra
Additional media: BLTC Press Release

Toar Campbell

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