The Black Label Trading Royalty Cigar Blend ReviewThe Black Label Trading Company’s (BLTC) Royalty blend is one of a half dozen initial releases by the new boutique. It truly emphasizes one of the company’s biggest points – it produces a mix of flavors that are uncommon. BLTC has only been around since 2013, but it’s entering the industry the right way, with an excellent selection of blends, a unified theme and focus on craftsmanship. The brand’s founder, James Brown (no relation to the soul singer), has long enjoyed his cigars while running adventure tours into the jungles of Central America. He’s, first and foremost, a person who enjoys living on the edge, and his blends are made to reflect this bold mindset. 

The Black Label Trading Company’s Royalty has a Corojo wrapper from Ecuador, a Honduran binder and fillers from Nicaragua. Brown has a particular respect for Nicaraguan tobaccos, so most of his cigars feature them in the filler. BLTC does not make a big deal out of offering a lot of vitolas. So it’s no surprise that this blend is only available in three of them, including a Robusto (5 x 54), Corona (5 1/2 x 42) and Gran Toro (6 x 60). It’s a dark tan, smooth and slightly oily stick that has numerous small veins crisscrossing it, but no prominent seams. The smoke is double banded, and the primary band is rather eye-catching. It features a black and gray crowned skull and black filigree ornamentation amid a white background. The main band is also relatively large, taking up about a third of the stick. The secondary band sits at the foot and displays the name of the blend in old English type. The cold draw produces a variety of flavors, including spice, leather, earth, baking spice and a pronounced cedar.

The initial third starts off with some sweetness, followed by some strong coffee, cream, and cinnamon notes. After a handful of draws, some reviewers also observed a noticeable meaty note that produces a nice savory and sweet combination. This mix of flavors continues through the initial third, with the sweet notes taking center stage and the savory meat producing a strong secondary flavor.

In the middle third of the Black Label Trading Company’s Royalty, the cinnamon remains a major player, along with some leather, cocoa, coffee, nutty, spice, cedar and sweet notes. About halfway through, one aficionado pointed out how powerful the nutty flavor became, eventually taking over the profile and producing a note similar to peanut butter. The peanut butter pairs well with the sweet and cinnamon flavors, making it taste a bit like dessert. 

In the final third, the peanut butter flavor is still the strongest note and remains well balanced with the cinnamon. The cocoa, coffee, leather, and cedar notes are present as well, though they remain steady in the background. 

Construction is a focal point of BLTC, and it shows with this stick. It has immaculate construction, with one reviewer even pointing out how well it held together after he dropped it. The smoke’s a labor of love and is perfect for anyone who considers themselves a true aficionado. 

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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