Black Label Trading Co.’s Bishops Blend Returns This Month


The third installment of Black Label Trading Co.’s Bishops Blend is set to arrive at retail by the end of April, according to an announcement by the company today.


“I’m very excited about the third release of Bishops Blend,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra. “This is one of our most anticipated releases of the year and the 2018 vintage will not disappoint.”

Bishops Blend debuted in 2016 and uses an Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper, Ecuadorian habano binder, and a filler of tobaccos from Nicaragua and Connecticut, along with Pennsylvania broadleaf. Brown described the flavor as having big bold flavors of anise, pepper, raisins and a sweet earthiness on the finish. “It is very complex and extremely refined. As with the past vintages the broadleaf fillers shine at the forefront and are perfectly balanced by the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos,” he added.

It returns in the same two sizes from previous releases:

The cigar is made in Estelí, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra, and the company is producing 600 boxes of each size. They are expected to begin shipping on Monday, April 23.

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