One of Black Label Trading Co.’s more acclaimed releases of 2016 is getting its second release, as the company has announced that Bishops Blend will be returning to retailers this week.
The 2017 version shares all the specifics of the 2016 version, as the cigar uses an Ecuadorian maduro wrapper over an Ecuadorian habano binder and broadleaf fillers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as an undisclosed varietal from Nicaragua.
In a press release, James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra, described the cigar as being bold with exceptional balance and complexity, adding that the blend offers subtle spice, earth, bitter sweet chocolate and anise.
The same two sizes return as well, Robusto (5 x 48, $9.50) and Corona Larga (6 1/4 x 46, $10), both in 20-count boxes and both at 2016 prices.
The one change for 2017 is production numbers: each size will be getting 300 boxes as opposed to the 150 boxes made last year, a doubling in production by Fabrica Oveja Negra. All of the cigars have been allocated to retailers, according to a spokesperson from the company.
“It’s great to get Bishops Blend back in the market,” said Brown, adding that the cigar “is a representation of how I have grown as a cigar maker.”
Black Label Trading Co.’s Bishops Blend was ranked #16 on the 2016 Consensus.