JC Newman

July 04, 2023

La Madonna Negra Corona Gorda Box Press (5 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by Black Label Trading Co.)

Black Label Trading Company has released its 10-year Anniversary cigar, La Madonna Negra, to select retailers. La Madonna Negra is hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.

“La Madonna Negra is a culmination of things I’ve learned over the last decade of cigar making. It’s a cigar that not only represents Black Label but also represents who I am today as a cigar maker. It’s bold, as a BLTC cigar should be but, it’s also very refined and elegant. It has layers of complexity and a very unique profile. A mixture of different spice elements combines with aromatic floral notes to create something unexpected. I’m very proud of the result,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Blend and origin:

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Connecticut (USA) Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuador Habano

Filler: Nicaragua / Pennsylvania


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Black Label Trading Company is celebrating its 10-year Anniversary. When we started 10 years ago, our goal was to provide exceptional cigars with unique flavor profiles and creative artwork. When founders James & Angela Brown moved to Nicaragua to manage and oversee our factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra, all those years ago, they took Black Label Trading Co to the next level. We appreciate our retailers and customers that have supported us over the years and look forward to the next decade.

The cigar is nicely made and box pressed. It has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, apricot, brown sugar, cinnamon, nougat, and black coffee with a touch of earthiness. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. Very nice start. Very sweet and very dark.

At the first third (22 minutes) the cigar is extremely sweet. Both ends, sweet and dark, are coming out. There is a lot of brown sugar, cinnamon, and apricot, light citrus, and a lot of black coffee with just a touch of earthiness. The cigar is medium bodied, pushing medium to full. The finish is brown sugar, apricot, and very good lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved thorugh the second third (46 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly. The brown sugar and cinnamon is still way up, along with the nougat. The apricot is a little subdued. The black coffee is also way up. The cigar is still extremely sweet and extremely dark. The citrus has pretty much gone away. The black pepper is still very high. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is a lot of brown sugar and nougat with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar reached a new level. It's fantastic at this point. I rated the second third 96.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 15 minutes. In the final third the apricot really wasn't in play. But there remained a lot of brown sugar, cinnamon, nougat, and black coffee. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The loss of the apricot and citrus isn't the end of the world but they were nice to have around. I rated the final third 95. The cigar is still very sweet and has a lot of black coffee. This is a great 10th anniversary cigar from James. These are a must-try. Smallbatchcigar.com has them and use code tinytim for 10% off.

Overall Score: 95.33 

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