James Brown started Black Label Trading Company in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. I had the honor of meeting James at The Maduro Smoke Shop in Pittsburgh, PA while he was doing a Black label Trading Company event a few years back. James was nice enough to allow me to set up a Cigars For Warriors table during his event at the shop, even donating many of his cigars for the troops. James took the time to talk about his passion for cigars and his determination to grow in the boutique world. James has come a long way since then with the opening of his own factory Fabrica de Oveja Negra and Black Works Studio, which is his newest line of cigars. Today we are going to review the NBK (Natural Born Killer) from the Black Works Studio line. I am really interested to see how this cigar compares to the other blends in this line.
Factory: Fabrica de Oveja Negra
Size: 6×46 Box Pressed Corona Larga
Packaged: 20 count boxes
Cigars for Review: 2
The NBK is wrapped in a light brown chocolate Ecuadorian habano wrapper with a closed foot. The cigar has smooth veins and feels very firm. Pre light notes of the NBK consist of spice, cedar, cocoa, and barnyard hay. The first few puffs contain spice, and black pepper. I picked up some cocoa, apricot, and dried raisins as I move deeper into the first third. The burn is slightly slanted with an easy draw.
The pepper and spice seem to fade away some giving way to cocoa and raisins. Creamy cedar makes a presence and seems to be gaining strength going into the final third of the cigar. The burn has straightened itself out and has required no touch ups to this point.
The final third stays pretty consistent with the middle third of the cigar. The creamy cedar blends with the spice, pepper, and cocoa. The notes of dried raisins and apricot give the cigar a bite of sweetness as it comes down to the finish.
The NBK is a mixture of spice, sweetness, and rich creamy flavors all in one offering. The cigar flavor profile is definitely a different offering from Brown’s usual blends. I thought the draw was excellent and the burn was good considering I never had to touch up the cigar. The pepper and spice in the first third of the NBK was a little to over powering cutting out some of the other flavors that were able to come out in the middle and final third. The NBK was an enjoyable cigar that provided a complexity of flavors throughout the entire smoke. I would say this is my favorite offering from the Black Works Studio line with pepper and spice in the beginning, and a strong complexity of unique flavors in the final two thirds.
Smoking Characteristics: 22/25
Overall Impression: 32/35