Cigar Review 

Cigar Review:Black Label Trading Company -Morphine

Cigar Info: The Morphine by Black Label Trading Company was relased at IPCPR 2014. This cigar is supposed to be the power house of the BLCT line up. James Brown, BLTC owner said this on the company website:

The goal was to give our customers what they have been waiting for. Something big, bold & badass. They expect our smokes to be unique and out of the box when it comes to flavor profile. Morphine is exactly that. Everyone thought I was a little crazy when I explained the double wrapper idea but combining the Ecuadorean maduro wrapper with the San Andres elevated the cigar to a whole new level of richness and complexity.

Vitolas: The line features two vitolas, a 5.5×42 Corona (Clarice) and a 7×38 Lancero (Lector). Prices range from $9-11 depending on retailer.

Blend: Wrapper: Outer- San Andres maduro / Inner- Ecuador maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Appearance: The appearance of the Morphine Corona is dark and slightly oily. The wrapper had a bit of tooth, but no imperfections or soft spots were noticed. The cigar had a band that was very reminecint of something from Silence of the Lambs, hence the vitola names.

Pre-Light: The BLTC Morpine had a sweet cedar note to the wrapper and produced dark cocoa and cedar on the dry draw.

1st Third: The first third of the Morphine Clarice opens with a strong shot of cedar. This quickly fades as the flavors become toasty and nutty. As the first third progresses I begin to pick up a mild pepper spice. The burn through the first third was sharp, no issues at all, and the ash was very tight and white.

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2nd Third: I found the second third of the Morphine to be a continuation of the first with the enjoyable nutty flavors shining through. Through the second a bit of the sweet cocoa from the dry draw began coming through as well as an increase in the spice on the retrohale. The burn was still impeccable and showed no signs of that changing. The strength at this point was at the medium full mark but on the rise.

Last Third: The last third was very complex, there were notes of cocoa, coffee, nuts and at times cedar on the retrohale. This cigar burned amazing and never became hot to the nub. There was never any hint of harshness even as I smoked closer to the end.

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Construction: A+ No issues were found at all inthe construction of the Morphine

Burn: A+ This cigar burned as sharp as you could want from beginning to end

Final Assessment: This cigar is an amazing offering from Black Label Trading Company. The Morphine really shows what a true boutique cigar is about, quality and performance above all else. This is a cigar to seek out and buy. The overall strength of the Morphine is full, although on the lower end of full. If a full flavor complex cigar is what you are looking for then you want to pick this up.

Rating: Buy a BOX

-Brandon K.

brandon@thecigarnut.com

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