Team Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

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Cigar Details: Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra
  • Blender: James Brown
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: September 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro is dark brown and has some even darker freckles. There is a thick, pressed vein running down the front of the cigar. The seams are smooth and the cigar has that interestingly shaped tapered head the company uses. The fot has some excess wrapper folded over, but it is not completely closed. There are two bands, both using a black and silver combination, with the foot band denoting the line. The aroma from the wrapper is smoky oak and earth while the foot brings smokiness and stewed fruit. The pre-light draw is an interesting smoky mix of floral, vegetal and wood notes along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Firm in hand, the Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro has a lovely wrapper that shows tooth throughout. Medium sized veins and leather in texture. Colorado Maduro to Maduro in coloring. Nice dark coffee bean coloring. The cigar has a powerful aroma of rich earth, mineral spices, chocolate, espresso beans, leather and tobacco.
John: The Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker on the main body to remain intact when opened. There is a primary ‘Hand Made Est. 2013″ band with a ‘Bishops Blend” foot band. For additional artisanal complications, the cigar has a closed foot and the cap is pointed. I weighed the cigar at 13.0 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 62.6%. By nosing the wrapper, I was able to pick up sweet, bready tobacco with mild earth lingering underneath and faint wood. As the foot is closed, I was not able to pick out anything distinct.
Jiunn: The Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro has a Colorado Red wrapper shade in direct sunlight. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped. Aromas present rich nuttiness and a hint of dried red pepper spice.

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with smoky, toasted oak along with some earth and black pepper. The retrohale is smoky, toasted oak, with black pepper zinginess and light earth. At an inch in, the earth is now right behind the oak and is a bit dry. As the third comes to a close, the smoky, toasted oak is up front, with dry earth right behind and black pepper a bit further behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice mineral spice profile that is paired with some leather, tobacco and earth qualities. There is some richness and it is showing some coffee beans with bitter dark chocolate. Medium-full to full in strength and body.
John: Earthy tobacco greets me as I light up, with creamy baking spices and toasted tobacco out of the retrohale. Medium strength pepper joins the finish as it continues, and that pepper is lingering for almost the entire time between draws. Post draw earth mixes in at medium strength by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third has a medium-full strength and body formula. Flavors consist of cocoa, sharp minerals and charred oak. Retrohaling gives a nice pop of dried red pepper spice and roasted nuts. The finish is long and thick with charred oak.

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a light creaminess joins the profile. At a half inch in, the smokiness has become pretty light. The retrohale is now smoky, toasted oak with light earth and black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the lightly smoky and toasted oak is up front with dry earth right behind. The black pepper is just behind the middle of the profile with light creaminess in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third delivers those great mineral qualities with some leather, tobacco and earth notes. Espresso beans with bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Full in strength and body.
John: The second third begins with creamy tobacco, medium strength earth in the center and then that earth lingers all the way into the post draw. On the post draw, the earth moves up in strength to medium-full. The earth falls down to light plus as the review continues, with lingering spices coming into the finish also at light plus.
Jiunn: The second third continues to show a lot of rustic tones. Still a good amount of sharp minerals and charred oak that plagues the palate. Strength and body remains medium-full.

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, a light mintiness joins the profile while the black pepper becomes pretty mellow. The retrohale is now toasted oak and earth with mild black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper has departed. As the cigar wraps up, the lightly smoky and toasted oak is up front, with earth right behind and light creaminess and mintiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third delivers a lot of those second third qualities. Nice mineral spice finish. Full in strength and body. Earth, coffee, chocolate, tobacco, wood.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco greets me in the last third. As the last third settles in, light plus spices move into the center of the retrohale. Earth is present and up to medium strength on the post draw by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third is a mirror image of the second third, creating the same combination of sharp minerals and charred oak. The nice cocoa flavor is still nowhere to be seen. Strength and body finishes the same medium-full.

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, but the cigar did go out once in the first third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: As is typically my experience with cigars out of Fabrica Oveja Negra, the burn was straight through the entire review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was at most one notch towards the open spectrum, which puts it in the ideal range for an amazing draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with smoky, toasted oak along with some earth and black pepper. The second third saw a light creaminess join in. The final third saw a light mintiness join in and the black pepper faded back until it departed. Construction was great aside from a single re-light. The Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro started nicely, but as it went along, the flavor profile faded back a bit and wasn’t as interesting. A pleasant cigar, but not something that held my attention long enough to make me want to come back to it.
Seth: I loved the Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro. It’s my favorite Bishops Blend to date, and it shows the growth of James Brown as a blender. His blends are still medium-full to full in strength and body, but there is more complexity and balance in the blends. A balanced, flavorful and full cigar.
John: The Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro is pretty much textbook what I would describe my preferences would be for a limited edition cigar celebrating a long standing release. It retains the core flavor elements of what the yearly release is, while adding more nuance and elegance. The draw and burn were both perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed the review and will be seeking out more Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toros at my earliest convenience, especially given the approachable price. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Jiunn: I find Pennsylvania Broadleaf to either hit my palate really well or it becomes too rustic and acrid. If it hits my palate well, it delivers medium-full to full body with complimenting spice and chocolate. If it doesn’t, well, it basically tastes like this Black Label Trading Company Bishops Blend Novemdiales Toro, being too charred and sharp with all the rustic flavors that are unwanted (charred oak, sharp minerals). As such, this is a pass for me.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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AverageSecond
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.00

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.42

Cost/Point

$1.62

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.67

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

Scoring System

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