Brand: Black Label Trading Company Country: Nicaragua/Honduras
Size: 5 x 54 Wrapper: Aged Ecuadorian Maduro
The Label Factor:
When using a skull or pirate theme, a fine line exists between cool and lame. Luckily, Black Label Trading has landed squarely in the “cool” section. Combined with the toothy, dark chocolate wrapper, the Last Rites looks delicious, to say the least. If I had to change one thing, I would make the label a little less bulky, so that I could smoke longer without removing it.
What We Liked:
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They say first impressions are worth a thousand words…or something, and the BLTC Last Rites delivers. The first inch consists of strong coffee and chocolate notes. I literally wrote “first inch wheelhouse” in my notes, because these are two of my favorite flavors to find in a cigar. The stick is incredibly smooth and creamy, with smoke production being far above average. In my opinion, you can’t ask for a better start.
Right near the halfway point, some black pepper and cedar notes begin to take shape. The sweetness of the cocoa and coffee hang on the tongue, allowing the spice and earth to compliment nicely. I didn’t find a whole lot of changes from then on, but I was happy with everything going on in my mouth.
What We Didn’t Like:
Even though I didn’t pay for the Last Rites, the price has me worried. At $14, you’re entering into the range of premium cigars like the Liga Privada No.9 and Opus X. That’s some tough competition to go up against right at the launch of a new cigar company. Don’t get me wrong; I want Black Label Trading to succeed. I can’t wait to smoke another Last Rites, not to mention the other cigars coming from BLTC. I simply hope the price doesn’t scare too many off.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Once they become available at retail, absolutely. I loved every minute of the Last Rites and now the bar is set super high for the other sample I was sent; the Black Label Trading Company Redemption. Look for a review on that soon but, for now, make sure you keep the Last Rites on your radar.