"Overall, this was a solid performing stick in terms of construction and complexity. Perfection in the draw, burn, and construction category made this stick a dream to smoke on the technical aspect. Wonderful medium-bodied flavors ranging from leather, cream, and Brazil nuts to malty chocolate notes kept me on my toes with each puff. I would smoke this cigar again, over and over when I want to feel fancy as this sample just made me feel relaxed. Grab this one and smoke it!" -John A. (Bostoneo)
"This was a fairly complex and transitional medium-bodied cigar. The flavors were well-balanced, and definitely up my alley. The only downside was the amount of attention this needed all the way through. I’d absolutely pick up another one in hopes that the burn issues I had were just a fluke. It was still an enjoyable experience even with a couple of touch-ups and a relight." -Chris M. (Chris)
"This was a very balanced smoke until the final third. It didn’t lose it completely, but the dark notes definitely took the spotlight in the end. I did enjoy the flavors throughout. Plenty of flavor shifts kept it interesting, which is good, because I got over an hour and a half out of a robusto. The smoke time alone is pretty impressive, and with the flavors, I feel quite satisfied. I would definitely smoke this again, probably even grab some for my stash. I have no idea what the price is, but unless it’s really steep, I’m inclined to say that you’ll be getting a lot of bang for your buck with this one." -Chris M. (Chris)
"After leaving the blocks a little slow this cigar found its stride in the second third and never looked back. It is a refined smoke that will only get better with time. There were a few rough edges earlier on but ultimately the smoking experience was very pleasant. This would a great cigar to start your day with a beverage of the smoker’s choice. The profile is easily approachable for any level of smoker. I would seek it out again once I know what it is." -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
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Black Label Trading Company celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a new cigar, La Madonna Negra, which has a bold and refined profile. Its blend combines a Connecticut USA Broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian fillers. Reviewers appreciated its distinct flavor profIle and consistent performance.
"This was a good cigar. The sweetness and mellowness at the beginning made for a great start and the cigar developed nicely into a medium-full well well-flavored smoking experience. This is a cigar that I would be proud to have in my humidor." -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
"I’ll be honest… I was a bit put off by the immense size of this cigar. I normally gravitate toward lancero, corona, and robusto sizes so this is definitely out of my comfort zone. Now that I’ve finished it I think I may have been missing out. The large size allowed me to enjoy the nuanced flavors longer and really helped to make me relax and realize how good life is. This is a cigar to spend quality time with and would be excellent paired with high-quality coffee. I would highly recommend this to a friend and would be proud to smoke another very soon!" -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
"Overall, I would say, this was an excellent cigar. Although the flavors did not transition much from third to third, considering I enjoyed all of these flavors it was very pleasing. I would definitely recommend this to individuals who, like a little bit bolder of a cigar, considering it was medium to full throughout most of the cigar." -Angel M. (Angel)
"I smoked this nice medium body in the morning and I think it hit the mark. I felt it was a very well balanced cigar that offered an nice profile. The baking spices and creamy smoke were very pleasant. Pair this with a coffee and you've got a complete breakfast." -Quinn (quinnpins269)
L’Atelier released a new cigar size in the core line, honoring K.C. Johnson's late dog, Roxy. The "Roxy" is a 3 1/2 x 50 Petit Robusto, available in the original and Maduro blends. Reviews noted its medium-strong intensity, hearty flavor, and well-crafted construction.