JC Newman

November 26, 2022

BLTC Morphine 2022 Lancero (7 1/4 x 42)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by BLTC)

Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the shipment of Morphine to select retailers beginning next week.  Morphine is hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

“I really missed not having Morphine around last year. That was the first time since 2014 that we’ve not released it. I believe this year might be one of the best vintages so far. I’m most excited about bringing back one of my favorite vitolas, the 5x54 Robusto box press torpedo. The Robusto has the dual San Andrés & Ecuadorian Maduro wrappers, while the Corona Gorda and Lancero are full San Andrés wrapper,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

MORPHINE will be available at select retailers. 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro and San Andrés

Binder: Nicaragua 

Filler: Nicaragua

Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $11.00

Robusto Torpedo Box Press – 5 x 54 (20 count) MSRP $11.50

Lancero – 7.25 x 42 (20 count) MSRP $12.00 REVIEWED TODAY

Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities. 

The cigar is dark and well made. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, brown sugar, raisin, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A very sweet, dark noted start. 

At the first third (25 minutes) the cigar is clicking right along. The notes now are citrus, toffee, raisin which is sweet and rich, a little nutmeg, and a lot of black coffee. The black pepper is still very good. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is light toffee, a little influence of the raisin, and black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. This maduro has about everything I want. I rated the first third 96.

As I moved through the second third (47 minutes) the extreme richness is toned down a little, the toffee increased, and the black coffee is slightly up. The finish had some richness in the toffee with raisin influence, and light black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied. The loss of the extreme richness caused me to lower the score to 95. (not exactly devestating)

The cigar lasted 1 hour 8 minutes. The richness is back. The notes are light citrus, toffee, raisin, and black coffee. I didn't notice the nutmeg anymore. The cigar is medium bodied, leaning toward medium to full. The finish is quite a bit of toffee, light raisin, and very good lingering black pepper. The story of this cigar is sweet. It's a very sweet maduro. I went back to 96 for the final third. These are a no brainer. You have to try them. Smallbatchcigar.com has them and use code Tinytim for 10% off. Great cigar.

Overall Score: 95.67

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