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Cigar Review: Black Works Studio NBK Lizard King, Event Exclusive

Black Works Studio NBK Lizard King, Event Exclusive 




Black Label Trading Company has had a few changes this year which include some re-designed artwork, the introduction of Oveja Negra Brands and the NBK (Natural Born Killer) that got a cosmetic facelift with a barber pole design called NBK Lizard King.

The NBK Lizard King boasts both an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro and Ecuadorian Rojiso wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers.

Packaging design is a signature BLKWKS Studio ultra cool graffiti type 20 count box.

The NBK Lizard King is an event exclusive cigar from BLKWKS Studio and Oveja Negra Brands.



Black Works Studio NBK Lizard King on display at the BLTC/Oveja Negra Brands Booth – 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas NV.






The Ecuadorian Habano Maduro and Ecuadorian Rojiso wrapper overlap to create a barber pole design similar to a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

With notable seam, minimal tooth and vein. It’s offered at 6 x 46 in the box pressed format and has a square unfinished foot with a triple semi-rounded cap.

One band sits on the vitola, in glossy black it reads “NBK” with “black works studio” in gold font in between two gold lines surrounding the band.

The back of the band really lights up and captures the artistic creativity of BLKWKS art themed projects.

A large open mouth T-Rex with heavy graffiti covers the band in standout colors of white, red and blue.

The artwork on the box mimics the urban artwork that makes the band really pop.

Pre-light aroma has notes of damp leaves, light chocolate and cedar.

The cold draw produced flavors of coffee grounds, cocoa and light leather spice.







An aroma of sweet cedar off the toasted foot.

Slight resistance in draw off the unfinished footer.

Immediate flavors of charred wood with heavy bitter chocolate.

The Lizard King settles in with flavors of milk chocolate, nougat, earth and coffee.

The background produces straight leather with a mild spice balancing in with a MED black pepper spicy element.

The retro-hale is producing MED white pepper experienced at mid point easing into a finish of chocolate.




In the second half milk chocolate, nougat, cedar, earth and coffee are up front and on point.

I’d be remised without mentioning the blend has a dominant chocolate component consistent on every draw.

Background flavors remain leathery with a touch of vanilla cream balancing in with all aforementioned flavors.

The spicy element of black pepper has disappeared allowing the background leather bite to move up front at a level of MED.

An increase in white pepper on the retro-hale evolving into a finish of rich chocolate.







Heading into the final third the NBK Lizard King continues it’s chocolate barrage with milk chocolate, nougat, cedar, earth and coffee with chocolate affects actively and in between draws.

Background flavors remain leathery with nuances of sweet cream similar to raw vanilla bean.

A MED leather bite is producing the right amount of spice blending in with all flavors that are up front and on point.

The retro-hale has decreased with white pepper evolving into a consistent finish of chocolate since first light.




• CONSTRUCTION: With a firm and solid feel the NBK Lizard King had solid construction. Both wrappers burned consistently with no palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes.


• BURN: Continuous combustion or wrappers, binder and filler resulted in a straight burn and a thick semi-circular carbon line.


• ASH: The light colored ash was thick and held an inch-plus, however it took very little effort to tap off.


• CUT: All three examples were v-cut.


• DRAW: Slight resistance off the unfinished footer until burning off then transitioning to a wide open draw.


• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.


• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.






“I am the Lizard king and I can do anything” words spoken by Jim Morrison in the late 60’s, certainly a poet ahead of his time opening the doors of our mind.

The NBK Lizard King was enjoyable and front loaded with Nicaraguan fillers and binder that produced a wide range of chocolate flavors both complex and balanced.

A consistent leather bite with black pepper early on kept the cigar at straight MED bodied from first light to final third.





Cigar reviewed: NBK Lizard King

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 6 x 46 (Box Pressed)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro and Ecuadorian Rojiso

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Coutry of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Production: Unknown

Blend information: James Brown

Photos by: Cigar Smoke


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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