Team Cigar Review: Blackbird Superb Toro

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Cigar Details: Blackbird Superb Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: Blackbird Dominicana
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $10.72
  • Release Date: February 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Blackbird Superb Toro is light brown and has a few decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. The band is black, Tiffany blue and silver and has the line name on front with the company name on back. The aroma from the wrapper is a hay forward barnyard funk, while the foot brings cedar and spiced cake. The pre-light draw brings spicy cedar and a light floral note, along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Blackbird Superb Toro is average in appearance. The cigar sports that classic Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Colorado Maduro coloring with some oils throughout. Veins are medium in size and present throughout. Aromas of dry earth, spices, tobacco and wood.
John: The Blackbird Superb Toro comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and has a single band. As I open the cellophane, the UPC sticker tears in half. I weighed the cigar at 16.6 grams and measured the humidity at 63.3% with the HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper were bread, moss and faint wood. Out of the foot, I could smell sweet, syrupy tobacco and hints of raisin.

Blackbird Superb Toro

Blackbird Superb Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and some crushed red pepper. At a quarter inch in, some light coffee notes become present. At a half inch in, the crushed red pepper transitions to a slightly dull black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, a light chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, chalkiness and a mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with the black pepper and chalkiness in the middle and some light coffee in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third begins with some red and black pepper notes that are paired with tobacco and cedar. There is an easy draw with the cigar, and it feels open. Lack of complexities and depth with the cigar. Fairly one dimensional. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third leads off with creamy earth, spices in the middle and a combination of wood and earth through the post draw. As the first third settles in, bready sweetness is present on the retrohale. Chocolate, raisin and sweet tobacco add to the flavor medley by the halfway point. A mildly tannic wood is present in the post draw through the bottom half.

Blackbird Superb Toro

Blackbird Superb Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a bit and the light coffee note disappears. At a quarter inch in, some earth joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the chalkiness is now right behind the toasted cedar while the earth is now in the middle of the profile. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, chalkiness and light earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the chalkiness, with earth in the middle and light black pepper in the background. The strength remains at medium.
Seth: The second third is right in line with the first third. I could not find any change. Open draw with those red and black pepper notes. Tobacco, earth and cedar as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: Sweet tobacco greets me in the second third, bread in the center and a sweet wood to finish. The flavor profile remains consistent and stable as it progresses. Chocolate mixes in with the bread and brings with it tannic wood in the bottom half.

Blackbird Superb Toro

Blackbird Superb Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper has faded away. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, chalkiness and light earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar remains just ahead of the chalkiness, with earth in the middle of the profile. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is a continuation of the first and second. No change to the pepper qualities that are paired with some cedar and tobacco. Slight bit of earth too. Medium in strength and body.
John: The last third starts with tobacco, spices and medium minus earth to finish and linger into the post draw. As the last third progresses, the spices and earth move into the center of the profile as the earth moves up to medium strength on the post draw. Some lingering wood joins the post draw some time later. By the bottom half of the last third, the profile has evolved into sweet tobacco in the center, with wood driving the post draw. Earth leads off each puff at medium strength as it continues to the finish.

Blackbird Superb Toro

Blackbird Superb Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, with the ash holding on through each third.
Seth: Good burn throughout.
John: The burn was uneven to start but self corrected roughly an inch in. The burn was straight through the second third, and wavy through the last third.

Blackbird Superb Toro

Blackbird Superb Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Good draw.
John: The draw was at most 1/2 to 1 notch towards the open spectrum which puts it in the ideal range for an amazing draw.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and some crushed red pepper. Some light coffee joined in quickly and then the crushed red pepper transitioned to a lightly dull black pepper. Some chalkiness joined in a bit later. The second third saw the coffee note disappear and some earth join the profile. The final third saw the black pepper depart. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Blackbird Superb Toro had an average flavor profile throughout. Past the first third, the profile was fairly mundane, just focused around the toasted cedar, chalkiness and earth. Really nothing here to grab my attention and not a cigar I’d see myself returning to.
Seth: The Blackbird Superb Toro was not superb, but far from it. It’s not a cigar that I look to come back to and smoke, and it’s not something I would recommend. We have smoked some Blackbird stuff before, and I have always wanted it to perform well with the packaging it had, but it does not. If I waited too long in writing this conclusion, I would forget the experience on the Blackbird Superb and not be able to recount it.
John: The Blackbird Superb Toro started out with a promising first third that delivered some dynamic and engaging flavor combinations. The second third was much lighter and lacked the same level of engagement for me. The last third was pleasant but not able to live up to the first third. The draw and burn were perfect. I found the Blackbird Superb Toro enjoyable to smoke and the price point is very reasonable considering the average pricing of the market. With that said, I’m not sure the cigar did enough for me to want to seek it out again. My smoking time for the review was 2 hours and 6 minutes.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.86

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.25

Cost/Point

$2.04

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.76

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