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Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Murphy223

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Beegerply (Byron). The cigar provided for this round is the Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Lancero.

First unveiled in 2016, the limited edition Bishops Blend is an annual release known for its robust flavor profile, which James Brown believes showcases his growth as a blender. Never a shortage of skulls in the Black Label Trading Company's branding, the band showcases a red skull adorning a ceremonial bishop's headdress (or miter for all the Catholic school survivors out there). This band is rock and roll through and through, but even more impressive is the somewhat pointed cap mirroring the miter shape. At the heart of the Black Label Trading Company Bishop's Blend are Pennsylvanian, Nicaraguan, and Connecticut broadleaf filler tobaccos. This blend moves the broadleaf to the forefront without overwhelming the Nicaraguan portion. The binder is Ecuadorian Habano, and the wrapper is an Ecuadorian Maduro. Production is usually limited to around 400-600 boxes of Bishops Blend in each size in the United States. The Lancero size was released in 2020 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this blend.

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Lancero

Black Label Trading Company
Bishops Blend Lancero
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Country of Origin:
Connecticut Broadleaf
This cigar was enjoyed with Bourbon

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

I was immediately drawn to the cigar band.  It's a black band with a Red Skull topped with a Bishops hat (miter)  Very Cool.  
This cigar had a nice dark brown smooth wrapper with a tapered cap , similar to the Bishops hat. The wrapper also extended over the foot.  

Prelight draw was peppery and a hint of cinnamon. I was excited to light it up.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The burn of this cigar was literally razor sharp.  It burned perfectly straight the entire duration of the smoke.  The cigar was packed nicely and the light gray ash held on for almost an inch at a time.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Solid!  The cigar felt heavy in my hand and was packed tightly which attributed to the long ash burns.  Nice habano maduro wrapper which as mentioned above was rich, dark brown color.
The tapered cap and wrapped foot along with the striking band made this a really good looking and well made cigar.

Flavor and Aroma: 37 Points of 45 Possible

Initial draw hit me with a bit of pepper and spice but was not overpowering.   I picked up some hints of dark chocolate in the first third.

Second third - spice became more mild and I honestly didn't pick up any flavor other than a very light pepper throughout.

Final third - mild chocolate returned with the pepper still there but it was mild.  I thought it was a medium cigar throughout until the final third.  I really got the Full impact with a nicotine kick at the end.


Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar.  It was not overly complex in flavor but a good solid smoke.  

Thanks Beegerply (Byron) for Sponsoring and Briesq for letting me participate.  Really appreciate the extra hitchhiker so I can enjoy another one.

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