Cigar Review For The Black Label Trading Company Benediction With a philosophy of “less is more,” the Black Label Trading Company’s (BLTC) Benediction is a contradiction with its simplistic appearance, but complex flavor notes. Established in 2013, BLTC burst onto the scene with six lines in their first year - and they have not slowed down. The owner, James Brown, is an intrepid explorer and also runs a guided 4x4 expedition company that takes visitors to remote areas of the Central American jungles. His heart lies in Nicaragua, which is the base of operations for BLTC. His belief is the country has some of the best filler tobacco right now and endless possibilities for blends.  

As a boutique cigar maker, BLTC is a brand that is solely in the business of making cigars for true connoisseurs. The company has stated in the past that their attitude towards cigar making is the antithesis of the mass-produced lines out right now. It is not about continuing a Cuban tobacco dynasty, but merely making a great cigar. For them, when you are smoking one of their stogies, you are taking part of the Black Label Experience. You are stepping outside your comfort zone, stripping away your expectations and pretenses, and experiencing something new and unexpected. 

From filler to wrapper, Black Label Trading Company’s Benediction is pure Nicaraguan. Keeping with the “less is more” philosophy, BLTC produces only 1,000 boxes a year of each line. The stogie comes in two vitolas: the Gran Toro (6x60) and Robusto (5x54). This medium-bodied smoke is a blend of sweet and spice. Reviewers talk about how beautiful this hand-rolled cigar is with its chocolate colored wrapper topped with a perfect triple cap. The large band prominently features BLTC’s skull with crown logo and takes up about one-third of the cigar. Aficionados stated the cold draw was a mix of earth, cocoa, wood, and cinnamon. Once lit, the sweetness is tempered by a leathery spice. The first-third is dominated by cedar, spice, and toasted nuts. The retrohale leaves a trail of citrusy sweetness on the palate. The second-third is all wood and black pepper with hints of straight tobacco thrown in. It is the heaviest part of the cigar and makes it quite toothsome. The final third goes out on a sweet note. Chocolate, nut, cinnamon, and toasted cream all blend to create an almost dessert-like end. It has been recommended by several reviewers to pair the stogie with a hefty stout or ale. 

Overall, Black Label did great with Benediction. It is a deceptively complex blend meant for people who love a medium to full bodied smoke. Its construction is perfect with a balanced draw. It is a cigar that makes you stop and enjoy the smoking experience. So, if you are looking for a solid smoke and want to try something new, think about the Benediction

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


@Michelle Moye

I love this stick! Always have a box of these in my humidor. Unfortunately they can be overfilled at times, I use a PerfecDraw tool when this is an issue. But I love the flavor, so it’s worth the extra effort.

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