Being the conny whore I am, I had to put a few Connecticut wrapped cigars on my Top Cigar list of 2013, and one of the surprises was the Jameson Red Label. Now I never got to meet the guys at Jameson at IPCPR last year, and that was one of my bigger disappointments really, as I truly enjoyed the Red Label. A few months ago, I set up a forum trade and was surprised with a couple of the Black Label corona. Normally I do not gravitate to maduro, so I never buy them really, unless I love the blend. To say I was surprised with the first one I smoked was an understatement, so I kept the other for review as soon as time permitted.
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Dry Draw: Fruit, very little spice
First Third: I have to admit, I love it when a smooth Brazilian maduro delivers, and the beginning of the Black Label hit me with black licorice on the draw that was divine. Light pepper notes settled on the tongue, as well as accentuating the retrohale. Sugar cane developed on the draw as the third progressed, complimenting the licorice and mild pepper. My notes at this point read, “I want a damn porter...bad,” suggesting a bomber of porter with the Black Label would send my palate into orgasm.
Second Third: The sugar cane notes continued to develop on the draw, with a dark chocolate note hitting the nose as well, post exhale and retro. The finish began to grow in length, very smooth on the palate and retro, and the dark chocolate note really began to kick ass. The retrohale had a candy like quality to it at times, switching between the licorice and sugar cane notes.
Final Third: The light spices that were present most of the cigar began to mix with the licorice on both the finish and retrohale. Ultimately, that was the main change of the final third, mixing with the licorice, dark chocolate, and sugar cane notes. The finish was very long at this point, and I enjoyed the final third while box shopping prices.
Construction: nothing to report
Final Thoughts: This is a box buy for me. My only hesitation is I have absolutely no room right now, and I even bought a new humi recently. However, I only keep a few types of maduro blends on hand, and this is one I would grab for any time of the day. I only smoke maduro once or twice a month, and for me, I could smoke the Black Label right off the truck with no aging needed. The Black Label is a fine example of a smooth, sweet Brazilian maduro with a long savory finish. I can almost guarantee I will be firing another up with a small batch porter very soon. This year I will make it a point to stop by their booth and chat with the owners of the brand. For those of you whom prefer the spice bombs, I do not think this will deliver the a full-bodied spicy maduro experience. For guys like me that love medium bodied full flavored cigars, I highly recommend the Black Label.