Blind Cigar Review: Black Works Studio | S&R Corona GordaCigar Info

The had its official release in February of 2018. S & R stands for Serpents and Rainbows, coming from the book and film“The Serpent and the Rainbow”.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

The blend marks the first time one of ’s blends has used a Sumatra wrapper as well as the first time he used Dominican tobacco. This is the first blend that is meant to be medium in body and strength. Like all other and Black Label Trading Company cigars, this is rolled at in Esteli, Nicaragua. It comes in two vitolas: Lancero: 6 3/4 x 42, and : 5 1/2 x 46 both in 20 count boxes.

Blind Cigar Review: Black Works Studio | S&R Corona GordaVital Stats:

Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 46
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Number of reviewers: 4 John A. (Bostoneo) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Mickey T. (irratebass) John I. (John I.)
Price: $9.50
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: February 2018
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Blind Cigar Review: Black Works Studio | S&R Corona GordaInitial Impressions

Appearance: 92

“5 1/2x 40 has an interesting pigtail/man bun at the head of the cigar. Cigar bunch is firm seams look good very small veins through out.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Aroma: 90

“The cold draw reveals notes of must and fruitiness while the wrapper and foot give off aromas of damp leather. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

First Third

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Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Bright grassy notes and caramel kick things off post light. A good dose of black pepper is introduced into the profile one inch in with a bit of leather… and that’s all folks. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“A very charismatic cigar from the start. It is very complex and rich. Cream honey and tea are flavors that can first be picked out with a handful of other flavors being covered up. It also has a smokey wood flavor on the finish some hay but very little coming through. A minute bitterness. The first third starts out medium but lightens up through out the first third.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

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“Still plenty of cream, but now tasting roasted peanuts and marshmallow with a hint of light cedar on the finish…..draw has tightened up again.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“Begins with more sweetness and cream but brighter and sharper. It’s a nice transition, kind of building toward something. By the mid point a lot of the background flavor notes fade out, and there is a less sweet, but still very burnt caramel impression. Still very nice, but I was enjoying all of the additional stuff that lingered on the palate. Becoming a bit monochromatic. ” –John I. (John I.)

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The last third darkens up with the honey transitioning to burnt sugar and the tea revisits. Very good cigar” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Sweetness and background spice is pretty much completely gone at this point. Still some nice bready flavors. ” –John I. (John I.)

Overall Impressions

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Draw: 88

“A bit snug. Probably would have enjoyed it a bit more if the draw had been a bit more open. ” –John I. (John I.)

Burn: 82

“While I enjoyed the flavors the cigar was presenting I have to say the burn did not perform well at all.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Construction: 87

“Aside from the draw, this was very well constructed. As noted earlier the wrapper had suffered some dings, and became rather ragged, but never unraveled. ” –John I. (John I.)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90

“Overall this was a good flavor profiled cigar, yet limited on its offerings. Unfortunately, my sample wasn’t the best looking or burning one, so this have played a small part. What flavors it did have pretty much spanned the entirety of the cigar without much, if any, changes. I’d try it again, but I have a feeling the experience with flavor would remain unchanged. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“A great cigar that I loved from beginning to end and I can say it’s well worth a box” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Despite all the negatives I really enjoyed this cigar. There was lots of wood, cream, salt, nuts, marshmallow and even some sourdough. Unfortunately it was a chore to smoke with the tight draw and construction issues. I would like to smoke another. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“Good smoke. I definitely enjoyed the earlier phases more than the finish. The early sweet and creamy profile was really nice, and the spices dancing around the background were a lot of fun. Worked really well for a lazy late Sunday smoke with my fifth or sixth cup of coffee. ” –John I. (John I.)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 80

John A.759092888887828388
Ryan H.909095929287858792
Mickey T.908890909075787590
John I.959092908887929090
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Overall Score – 89 – Very Good

  • Appearance 92% 92%
  • Aroma 90% 90%
  • First Third 93% 93%
  • Second Third 90% 90%
  • Final Third 89% 89%
  • Draw 88% 88%
  • Burn 82% 82%
  • Construction 87% 87%
  • Overall Experience 90% 90%