Personal Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Company Shere Khan

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Cigar Details: Black Label Trading Company Shere Khan

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Undisclosed
  • Binder: Undisclosed

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

There are four different types of wrapper shades present on the Black Label Trading Company Shere Khan, dark, medium and light brown along with Candela. Candela covers the foot and the head is finished off with six caps of varying color and a long pigtail that is tightly curled into a bun. There is no band on the cigar. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood, dry dirt and grassiness. The covered Candela foot just brings a light grassiness. The pre-light draw is quite tight due to the closed foot but does present some green hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, dark earth and some baking spice. At a quarter inch in, hints of green hay and grassiness become present. At an inch in, the baking spice is very light. The retrohale has the baking spice up front with the wood and dark earth right behind. As the third comes to a close, the light baking spice morphs into a fuller black pepper to support the wood and dark earth. The strength in this third was medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper has dropped out. A slight mustiness has joined in with the wood and dark earth. There are still moments where the grassy note pops in. The retrohale is wood and a light, dry earthiness. As the third comes to a close, musty wood is up front with the dark earth now faint in the background. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some char joins the wood. At a quarter inch in, the char lightens up a bit as the wood and mustiness are up front. The retrohale shows musty wood, dry earth and a light grassy note. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is musty wood and light earth as the char has dropped out. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Burn

A touch-up was required in the first third as a quarter of the wrapper didn’t want to burn. After that it was straight the whole way. The ash held on until the halfway point and then again until I set the cigar down.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

This is a beautiful looking cigar with the wrapper striping. The flavor profile was nice with the wood, earth and baking spice to start and then settled in with musty wood and earth. Hints of grassiness was present in some spots but not a constant. For a rare cigar, I think it’s worth trying if you have access to it. I’d have no problem smoking this again, but doubt I’ll be able to get my hands on another one. The profile of a rare cigar like this should make you want to go back to it which the Black Label Trading Company Shere Khan achieved. Try it if you can find it.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

N/A

Scoring System

Aaron
Very GoodPre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
GoodSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
Very GoodBurn
Very GoodDraw
GoodOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Company Shere Khan
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Company Shere Khan

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