Black Market Illicit is a 6-inch by 50 ring Toro featuring a robust Nicaraguan wrapper leaf and flavorful Honduran and Nicaraguan dual binder wrapped around fillers from small-yield farms in Nicaragua.
Like many of AJ's offerings, I found the cigar profile to be good and construction to be top notch. I can say with confidence, Altadis USA made the right decision in partnering with AJ to create this traditional and beloved marca.
This was a solid Goldie and I think it will do well with consumers, mostly because of the size, but it is not my favorite of the Goldies. With time, the flavors will develop in the second and final third, knock on wood, and that will help the cigar in terms of flavors. With that being said, the draw and construction were great and a majority of cigar smokers will truly enjoy.
There is depth from start to finish, transitioning throughout and it never lacked the complexity that you expect from an ultra-premium cigar. The balance between the flavors is fantastic and the changing pepper and spice notes is simply great.
Another of the newer Connecticuts that offers a bit more body and strength while the final third was more traditional. I would definitely recommend giving it a try and it's an easy decision to say that I'd smoke more of these.
This is possibly one of the best Caldwell releases I have had, and the blend smokes well throughout the line. It is a blend that needs some time aging though and I believe it smokes better after being stored at a lower humidity level.
For those that aren't fans of traditional Connecticut's, try this, and for those that like medium and above strength cigars, also try it. I'll definitely be smoking more of these and look forward to reviewing the Robusto.
The upside is, the cigar is very approachable, not being dominant in strength, so especially newer cigar smokers will be able to get through 1.5 hours or so without feeling the need to reach for something to eat.