JC Newman

November 29, 2020

S&R 2020 Lancero (6 3/4 x 42)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Black Works Studio press release)

Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of S&R: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.  S&R will be available at select BLK WKS retailers for a limited time.

“We are very excited for the third release of S&R. This cigar represents the broad spectrum of cigars produced under the Black Works Studio line. It's medium bodied with tons of complexity and the perfect amount of white pepper spice to let you know this is a BLK WKS cigar. The Nicaragua & Dominican blend is wrapped in a beautiful coffee colored Sumatra wrapper and topped with the S&R's signature pig tail.  Continuing with the serpent theme we made a very limited number of Lancero Culebras, so keep your eye out for those!” said James Brown, creator of BLK WKS and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Origin and Blend info:

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Sumatra with a pigtail cap

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican

Lancero – 6.75 x 42 (20 count) MSRP $9.50 REVIEWED TODAY

Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $9.50

*Culebra – 6.75 x 42 (1 count coffin) MSRP $35.00

BLK WKS cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique and tobacco behind our boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra.  Distributed by Oveja Negra Brands.

This cigar, just like the corona gorda, is finish with a pigtail cap.

The cigar plays off as bigger than a 42 ring...to me. And, it has a nice feel in the hand for a lancero.

The test draw after cutting the cap had a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were a citrus/cedar, brown sugar, touch of cinnamon, a lot of nutmeg with light leathery notes, and a black coffee base. Everything tastes in balance. Nothing really stands out. There was very nice black pepper rated at an 8. The pepper has a nice "scratchy" feel. Nice start.

At the first third (31 minutes) there are some minor differences between this cigar and the corona gorda. There is a nice citrus/cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, orange peel, a smooth, pasty nutmeg, not as much leather as the corona gorda, and black coffee base. The finish is brown sugar, citrus, citrus peel, and a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. Another good version of the S&R. I scored the first third 94, just as the corona gorda received.

Moving through the second third (1 hour 2 minutes) the similarities continued. In the second third the sweetness and intensity went up. The pepper is simply amazing in this cigar. Just like the corona gorda this cigar is very elegant and refined tasting. Different from the corona gorda I am not getting the black cherry notes. FYI, I approached these reviews the same having the same type apple before the review to cleanse the palate. The cigar has a nice citrus/cedar with a lot of brown sugar, some cinnamon, a lot of a pasty, thick nutmeg with light leather notes, and black coffee. The black coffee is in a very good amount and not over the top. The sweetness is up but everything else is in a balance. The brown sugar is, more of less, the lead flavor. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is citrus, brown sugar, nutmeg, and very nice lingering black pepper. I rated the second third 95.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 27 minutes. About 25 minutes longer than the corona gorda. This lancero and the corona gorda are very similar but in the final third the sweetness help creeping up and the black pepper continued to be fantastic. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. You really can't go wrong with either the lancero or the corona gorda. But being hyper-critical I would score the final third of this cigar 96. I just kept improving. Either size is great but this lancero is a tick better with more sweetness in the final third and a longer burn time.

Overall Score: 95

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