Black Label Trading Company Royalty

Wrapper • Ecuadorian Corojo. Binder • Honduran. Filler • Nicaraguan. 6×60 Super Gordo

At first sight, this 6×60 gargantuan offers a splendid shade of medium earthy brown. Its veins are visible, covered in a sprinkling of toothy bumps up and down the wrapper. The leaf that dresses this cigar is Cojo grown in Ecuador. The natural cloud coverage of the region suggests the bark will be stronger than the bite. let’s see…

1st/3rd Warm. Wood. Earth. A hint of spice on the retro, with a mingling of signature Corojo sweetness. Something is on the backend, maybe coffee? A light coffee without cream or Splenda (Never with Splenda). The draw is wide open, perhaps a little too much? The burn is razor-sharp. However, smoke output loses a few points due to the minimal output.

2nd/3rd The spice has calmed down. The coffee remains, but now a dram of cream has entered into the mix. The spice and sweetness have shaken hands and morphed into cinnamon. Smoke output has improved significantly. A full flavor that has slowly ramped up. Typically, I am not big on larger ring gauge cigars, but oddly enough, this big-o suits it quite well. It’s smooth on the draw, which compliments the strength of the flavor.

3rd/3rd Final 3rd- Strength has increased, but not the pepper. Ash just fell off. Coffee hint has moved to the front. Burn has held out decently well. A slight bitter note if it heats up, but cools down fairly easy. This cigar does not want for flavor, The blast of wood, earth, and sweetness is constant throughout.

Conclusion. Rating finished at an 89 78 base rate • Duration 2 • Burn 3 • Draw 3 • Flavor 3 Pairing suggestion – Perhaps a sweet bourbon, nothing too peppery. Or a Speyside Scotch, hmm, Balvenie maybe?

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