Monday, February 16, 2015

Black Market Robusto by Alec Bradley

I reviewed the Black Market as a Churchill three years ago and loved it. Here's a link to that old Churchill review if your interested. So today, let's take a look at the robusto and see how it holds up. 

This well packed cigar is covered by an oily maduro colored wrapper that just looks good. The construction is seamless, there are only the finest of veins in the wrapper and the cigar it topped off with a tight triple cap. 

Testing the Black Market cold, from the foot there's a nice aroma of cocoa and after clipping the cap, the free draw has nuances of spiced fruit. 

From the burning cigar the first flavors were a medium bodied mix of cocoa, fermented tobacco and a dash of black pepper. Fading quickly the pepper is soon replaced by notes of toasted oak. Around the mid point the burn had canoed up one sided and needed a correction but it burned true after that. 

In the second half the burn produced an oily sheen on the wrapper half  plus there were additional flavor notes of wheat straw, caramel, and chocolate. 

After seventy-five minutes the cigar finished in the full bodied ranged with a flavorful mix of chocolate and toast. 

Overall other than a hole in the wrapper just below the cap and the burn running off a bit, this Black Market Robusto was a pretty nice cigar that I would definitely smoke again. 

Rated 91