The Black Label Trading Company came to the cigar industry in 2013 with six different blends. Now for 2014 BLTC has their seventh cigar, which is a limited edition, called the Morphine. The Morphine comes in two different vitolas, lancero and corona, which is a departure from their first six cigars. The first six cigars for BLTC all come in a ring gauge 54 and above.
Time to rage.
Black Label Trading Company Morphine
Size: 5.5 x 42
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres & Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One per Reviewer
Price Point: $10
Cigar Purchased: Samples from Black Label Trading Company
Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 89 AKA “5 Pack”
Logan’s Review – Rating 89 AKA “5 Pack”
Upon lighting there were notes of red wine, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I could swear I am drinking a glass of cab right now. The Morphine quickly changes into very deep notes of pepper & leather.. It is almost as I am chewing on a new piece of leather. There is a spice that lingers on the back of the tongue. I dig it.
This is definitely and earthy, gritty, and raw cigar. I have a feeling if you gravitate to full body Nicaraguan & San Andres, you will love this cigar. There are notes of white spice on the retrohale, and has a spice/earthy long finish.
The black pepper really kicks up in the second half. For someone like me, I am in love. For someone like Rob, he is probably on fire. The strength isn’t overwhelming at what I would call medium, but it is definitely full bodied. There are also notes of cocoa, sweetness, and generic barnyard.
I enjoyed the BLTC Morphine, and IMHO is the best cigar they have put on the market to date. As Catfish would say, “it was designed for the modern palate”. I am surprised in the lack of strength, considering the amount of ligero used, but I think the medium strength & full body profile will make it more appealing to most people.
Matt’s Review – No Rating
Just under a year ago, I had the honor of reviewing the full Black Label Trading Company line, and while I had mixed success with their initial offerings, I was very excited when I heard they were coming out with some new blends. I'm intrigued by the dual wrappers which look near flawless in person - some visible seams on a dark brown cigars with the slightest of oily sheens. The cigar has a slight give when I touch it, but it actually looks overfilled when I look at the foot. Pre-light draw is a bit sweet and fruity with a hint of spice in the back of my throat. As I light, I immediately tell that the draw is a bit tight. I only have one of these so I'm intrigued if anyone else has this issue. The spice is still prevalent in the back of my throat, but leather with a bit of sweetness are in the front of my mouth. I can see potential in this cigar, but I'm really struggling with the draw and its preventing me from getting a good feel. I reach the halfway point and I realize that my mouth hurts too much from trying to draw and my throat is starting to hurt so I decide to end this. I took a knife to the cigar and found, as I suspected, a rather large, thick stem in the middle that was causing some draw issues. Based off of my results, I don't feel its right to include a score, but we included this "review" so you were all aware of 1 sample we smoked having an issue.
Jerad’s Review – Rating 89 AKA “5 Pack”
The BLTC Morphine is a great looking cigar. The bands are expertly crafted and pictures just aren’t going to do it justice. Prelight aromas are of leather and earth, with that deep maduro sweetness. The cold draw has lots of tingly pepper spice, accompanied by a strong leather & earth profile. The outer maduro wrapper is a beautiful, dark brown maduro with great construction and minimal veins. I am also a big fan of the corona vitola, it’s right up there with lanceros in my book. The first third of the Morphine has some very pleasant earth and leather notes with a pepper spice, that is very potent on the retrohale. There is also a great woody aftertaste and insane clouds of white smoke. The second third is predominately leather with a mild black pepper note, and the earth has faded out. Normally, I am not a fan of leather, but the Morphine is splendid! Maybe it's the oaky wood flavors that are mixing with the leather, but I am enjoying it. The ash has been a solid light grey and holding on very well. The final third continued the same as the second, but I really had to slow down. There was a sourness that kept creeping in, if I didn't watch out. The construction, burn & ash were spot on, but the sourness at the end cost it. This is BY FAR, my favorite BLTC to date and I need to give it another shot and see if I can avoid the sourness.