JC Newman

August 23, 2022

Killer Bee Connecticut Petit Corona (4 1/2 x 46 Petit Corona)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

The Black Works Studio Killer Bee Connecticut is back, and it is returning as a core-line product after having been previously released as a limited production offering that debuted in 2018.

The blend features a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Ecuadorian maduro accents on the cap and closed foot. The binder is a Nicaraguan habano leaf, while the fillers come from Nicaragua. It is being released in a 4 1/2 x 46 petite corona vitola, priced at $11 per cigar and offered in 24-count boxes priced at $264.

As with all of the Black Works Studio releases, it is produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Nicaragua, which is also home to Black Label Trading Co. and other brands. The Black Works Studio releases, which are often stylized as BLK WKS, are part of Black Label Trading Co. and are released to show the artistic and artisanal capabilities of the factory through small batch releases.

“We are excited about the return of the Killer Bee Connecticut,” said James Brown, creator of Black Works Studio and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra. “It was one of our most popular cigars in the Killer Bee line. After several years of requests, we are happy to announce Killer Bee Connecticut will now be a core line product.”

Brown noted that while it has similar profiles to the Killer Bee, consumers should not expect a typical Connecticut cigar. “The Connecticut wrapper gives an added creaminess and changes up the spice components quite a bit,” he added.

The cigar is nicely made and has a closed foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good considering the closed foot. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, light citrus peel, quite a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, leather, and light black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The little maduro closed foot gave some notes of cocoa for literally one minute but it quickly subsided. Overall a very nice start.

At the first third (14 minutes) I had a citrus/cedar combination, brown sugar, light cinnamon, toffee, light cream, leather, and black coffee. The finish is light toffee and leather with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is quite sweet. It's not nearly as dark noted as many of James Brown's cigars but I think it was designed that way. I rated the first third 94.

Moving through the second third (30 minutes) I had the basic same flavors but now there is a lot of earthiness in the leather and/or black coffee. The sweet notes are fighting hard and doing a pretty good job. But the earthiness comes thorugh. The finish is still toffee and leather with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied. I'm not a fan of earthiness but it doesn't hurt the cigar very much. I rated the second third 93.

The cigar lasted a quick 43 minutes. The good news is the earthiness in the second third is gone. The cigar reverted back to pretty much the way it was in the first third; citrus, cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, toffee, leather, and black coffee. The one thing missing was the cream. The cigar is back to  being very sweet. It's still medium bodied. I rated the final third 94. A very good, short cigar.

Overall Score: 93.67

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