Back in early August, I did a blog on the full portfolio of Black Label Trading Company. With the company set to debut on CigarChat with Rob and Logan later this week, I thought it was a good time to highlight those "reviews" to get every primed for Thursday night's show. We'll begin with one that I enjoyed a lot - the Black Label Trading Company Redemption 5x54.
Typically, while I still don't claim to be a reviewer, I try not to smoke new cigars (to me) in the same day so I can fully savor the flavors of each cigar to gauge if I enjoy them or not. However, since I was already at the shop on Thursday and had the Redemption in my herfador, and figured the Royalty was a bit on the lighter side, I decided to go against my typical plans and light up the Redemption as well. I felt even more comfortable with this because the Redemption's Aged Nicaraguan Maduro wrapped Nicaraguan binder and filler provides probably the darkest cigar of the batch - a deep, deep chocolate brown. Again, I'll note - and I haven't been looking for this - the foot band on the Redemption doesn't perfectly align with the main BL band. Not sure why I note that, but it sticks out to me as I'm looking at the cigar. Of the 4 BLTC blends I've now smoked for this blog, this is the first where the ash fell off pretty quickly - not even 1/4 of an inch in, and the ash fell; however, as I continued the ash would stay on for roughly an inch at a time. Smoke output was again generous throughout. Flavor-wise, this cigar really provides a lot of complexity although it surprises me by not providing the full-bodied power and strength I was expecting for some reason. I get some hints of spice throughout, especially on the retrohale of the Redemption, but I'm quickly learning that spice is not a calling card of the BLTC blends (at least not for someone who regularly smokes fuller cigars like me). The familiar cedar flavors I've noted in the other blends presents itself here with a definite leather - something I've struggled to find myself in cigars previously, but is obvious here. At points I get some bitter sweetness which I attribute to coffee flavors. Overall I can say that while I continually expect strong powerhouses from these BLTC blends, I'm consistently surprised by the uniqueness these blends provide. It's hard for me to compare these to other cigars because I don't know too many Nicaraguan Maduro wrapped cigars with this flavor profile. I'm eager for others to try these blends so I can get some comparison in my notes and begin some discussion on what these bring to the table. At this point, I put this cigar in the same vicinity as the Last Rites in terms of my preferences of the line.