A Review Of The Black Label Trading Company's Salvation CigarsThe Black Label Trading Company’s Salvation line of cigars is much like James Brown, the company’s founder. In a word, it’s bold. Brown founded his small boutique in 2013 after spending four years guiding adventure tours through Central America. It’s the kind of job that only a few people can do comfortably, just as there are only a few individuals capable of running a successful cigar company. During his treks into the tropics, Brown picked up a love for the tobaccos growing there. His company emphasizes two points: One, his blends are designed to produce less common flavors; Two, his company only provides a handful of vitolas for each blend, electing to only pick the few that work best.

The Black Label Trading Company’s Salvation embodies both of these design choices to a tee. It is only available in three sizes, including a Robusto (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 52) and Gran Toro (6 x 60). It has an Ecuadorian Sun Grown Habano, a Honduran binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The Habano is a ruddy brown, with darker splotches near the foot. It is slightly oily and wrapped tightly around the binder. The stick also comes with two black and white bands, both of them pretty loud in appearance. The first features a crowned skull, a stacked “B” and “L” and a lot of filigree ornamentation. The secondary band displays the name of the blend. Together, they take up about half of the cigar. The cold draw creates a number of bright flavors, including grass, leather, cedar, red pepper and sweet chocolate.

Upon lighting the cigar, the first third begins somewhat gentle, with some caramel, chocolate, earth, coffee and wood flavors to it. One reviewer detected some strong heat on the finish and a taste similar to wasabi. After a few draws, the flavors dance a bit, with the caramel taking on a creamy note and the chocolate becoming a bit smoky. The chocolate and earth tastes are the strongest in this part of the stick, with everything else falling in line behind them. 

The middle third of the Black Label Trading Company’s Salvation seems intent on balancing the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel. It first adds in a slightly sour citrus note that works well with the sweet flavors. Around the halfway mark, a hickory smoke and charred wood flavor also appears, giving the profile a sweet, sour and savory mix that works the palate.

The final third of the cigar adds a couple more tweaks to keep it interesting down the stretch. Reviewers detected the addition of anise into the mix, and the taste of damp tobacco also shows up and delivers a punch of nicotine near the finish. The caramel, smoke, chocolate, and earth flavors remain as well, keeping the blend active until the very last draw.

It’s a medium-full smoke that is challenging at times, but it produces a nice burn and draw, so aficionados can focus on the diverse flavors. And though it’s not like trekking through Central American forests, your palate will feel like it is on an adventure by the time it reaches the nub.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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