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Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)

92
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member headfirst (Gary). The cigar provided for this round is the Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda.

The Porcelain was originally a limited edition line extension of the Deliverance line released December 2018. In June 2019, it was announced that it would be joining the portfolio as a regular production. James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Company, and partner at Oveja Negra, decided to to go in a direction that is seemingly a bit different from the company's signature style of full-bodied, full strength cigars by giving the new Deliverance Porcelain blend a beautiful Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan habano binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and USA Pennsylvania. According to Brown, "...the Connecticut wrapper is geared towards our consumers."




Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda

Brand:
Black Label Trading Company
Name:
Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda
Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
48
Country of Origin:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Pennsylvania
Binder:
Habano
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Connecticut Shade
Ecuador
Color:
Claro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Corona
Average Member Purchase Price:
$9.50
Average Member Rating:
4.25 star rating based on 2 Review(s) (2 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Lagunitas IPA

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

Very attractive looking cigar with a peppery aroma but a sweet cold draw.  The body was not too hard, not too soft it was just right.  The wrapper was a light Connecticut that was dry, smooth and had good looking seams.  I cut the cap with my Xikar Multitool.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

I lit this with a cedar spill and had no problems throughout the whole experience.  The ash held nice and tight until the 1.5" mark and was a solid grey.  No relights and the smoke volume was enough to piss off a couple of other patrons at the other end of the bar.  It took just over an hour and a half to nub it.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

This is a well constructed cigar with a clean draw and no plugs or other issues to speak of.  The wrapper had good seams and was a smooth Connecticut.  The cap held throughout the smoke without peeling away.  There was no cracking or burn issues at all

Flavor and Aroma: 40 Points of 45 Possible

The initial strength and flavor profile of this caught me off guard.  It hits ya hard at the light with a strong black pepper and a nicotine sting but it calmed down pretty quick and cedar came into the picture.  

The first third was just that cedar over pepper and either my body adjusted to the nicotine quickly, or it really tamed itself.

Second third stays about the same but after the midway point a bitterness came forward that wasn't horrible but not my favorite.  Retro was a spicy sting in the best way possible though.

At the final third I gave it a good purge and the bitterness went away.  The pepper subsides more and gives way to more of a coffee/espresso profile with the cedar, but the pepper remained on the retro.  The last 1.5" started burning pretty hot despite me smoking considerably slower than normal, but another purge solved that problem as well.

Summary

Thanks again to Gary for hosting this one and letting me give my opinion of it.  

Overall This was a pleasant experience and I feel that it was appropriately named "Porcelain" due to the fact that it hits you like the top of a toilet tank when you light it up... in the best possible way.  At least that's how it was for me.  

The performance was pretty damn good and the flavor profile was up my alley.  I was intrigued at the way the cigar progressed though, almost like it was backwards.  Strong and spicy up front and calming as you went.  

There were a couple of spots that the flavor went wonky for a few minutes, but it generally just got better.

I already ordered a 5'r online if that tells you anything!


   
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