I always love it when I get a chance to watch CigarChat and hear about blends that get me excited. The Black Label Trading Company show was one that got me pumped. When I hear Logan and Matt say blends were not strong or full enough for them, but still excellent, typically, that means they are right up my alley. Therefore, I asked Logan for a trade to get my hands on some of their blends, and the Royalty sounded like the most interesting to me right off the bat. Of course, being an impatient critic I smoked it within days of receiving it. I am finding more and more a medium movement out of Nicaragua that does not have the spice and heavy cedar notes I traditionally found in Nicaraguan blends. Judging by their discussion on Cigar Chat, I have a feeling I will like their blends.
Dry Draw: Too excited for prelight rituals
First Third: Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Almond Joy would be proud of the beginning here, as the initial flavors were nuts, nuts, and nuts. Floral undertones were there, specifically in the aroma exciting my nostrils. I always find the floral note as more of an aroma after the draw, because who really eats roses? Hints of citrus and a strong cedar tail made for a smooth retrohale. Towards the end of the smoke, the floral note reminded me of rosemary and sausage. Do not laugh, but it was more the combination you find in a nice mild Italian sausage with garlic powder and white pepper. The richness built as the third progressed, and the nut flavor moved into an almond liqueur.
Second Third: When I get the liqueur note, it is normally a combination of a rich burn from the retro and a strong almond note. The Royalty had it and the second third highlighted this. The core flavors stayed solid, with some hay entering the mix as well. I swear they said someone got mint on one of their blends, and I see why. The liqueur note I was getting is very different really, and I could easily note it as mint. That might have been another blend they were speaking of as well on the show, but it would not surprise me here.
Final Third: The profile of the Royalty stayed consistent with the second third, with not much change. I swear I still got this mild Italian sausage note, which may be the weirdest note I have ever put down on a cigar. Next time you bite down in a wonderful Italian sausage and get that burst of Rosemary, combined with the richness of the pork, which is what I experienced in a sense. I did not detect many changes at this point, other than the floral note returning under the guise of rosemary.
Construction: No complaints, and I love it when company’s add the second band on the foot as it provides an extra layer of protection.
Final Thoughts: This is definitely a medium smoke, blended for the mild-medium fans of the cigar community. There are some unique flavors popping up in this blend, and I think it may not hit a lot of palates, but some people will freak out about it. The Royalty was so intriguing to me in the uniqueness of the blend, and I cannot wait to review the entire line of this cigar company. I have a feeling these guys will be around in an ever competitive boutique industry, as this blend offers something different then your every day medium. Black Label Trading Company may be a brand to look out for in the future, and I would recommend the Royalty to anyone really, as I truly believe it will garner some fanatic followers.
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