Black Label Trading Co. has become a big name in the cigar industry since their entrance in 2013; and for me their special releases have been their apex's. In the fall of 2014 the company released Deliverance, a two vitola limited edition series, and it was a release that received positive feedback and high ratings. In July of this year the company announced that they would be expanding the series, and besides adding two new vitolas, the company was using new tobacco as well. The cigars are called Deliverance Nocturne Salomon "Snub Nose" and Short Salomon "Snub Nose", and they were showcased at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans. For this review I went with the Salomon Snub Nose, and it is the larger of the two offerings.
The appearance of the Deliverance Nocturne is spectacular. The vitola shape is quite special and the ornate band sets it apart even more. I was extremely excited to be able to pick one up at IPCPR in New Orleans, and am ready to see how she smokes.
Deliverance Nocturne by Black Label Trading Co.
Vitola: Salomon "Snub Nose"
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan & Pennsylvanian
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $12.00
Cigar Purchased: Sample from BLTC
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The pre-light aroma strong, with notes of leather and some dark, dried fruit. The cold draw seems tight, but that is not abnormal for a salomon. There is a surprising amount of black pepper spice on the cold draw and a very pleasant dried fig sweetness.
The first third of the BLTC Deliverance Nocturne starts out with a blast of nuttiness, that very much resembles almond butter. The spice from the cold draw is present, but not as a black pepper spice anymore. Now it is more just of a spicy tingle on the tongue and back of the throat. The draw was a bit tight and the burn a bit wavy, but nothing of a deterrent, just the usual salomon issues. Decent smoke and a tight ash, nice cigar, just about medium-full strength.
The second third really changes things up, as a strong floral note takes the forefront. The spiciness has gone away too. Now the background is filled with subtle leather notes and another very interesting flavor. It is a wheat, doughy flavor with a slight sweetness to it. This Nocturne is definitely pushing to a full strength cigar with a full body, and the burn and draw are much better as the ring gauge has diminished.
The final third brings out some caramel-like sweetness to the floral notes. The subtle caramel sweetness is a great addition to the flavor profile. It also helps to keep the Nocturne easier on the palette. This is a strong cigar and I can definitely feel the nicotine kick. It’s not knocking me out, but it is without a doubt there. The burn, draw & ash are all very nicely in line now too.
BLTC really knows how to make a good looking cigar, I give them credit for that, but the uniqueness of the actual cigar was awesome as well. All of the flavors were bold and in my face, with nice nuances and transitions. This is definitely not an everyday cigar, for many reasons actually, and one of them is that the profile is just too full and complex. Because of that, this is perfect for the occasional enjoyment.
Rating: 88 AKA “5-pack"