The latest in Black Label Trading Co.’s series of limited releases is en route to retailers today, as the company has announced it is shipping the 2019 edition of Bishops Blend.

The cigar returns with its blend of an Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper, Ecuadorian habano binder, with the fillers made up of tobacco from Nicaragua and broadleaf from Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

“I’m very excited about this release of Bishops Blend,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra, via a press release. He said the cigar offers big, bold flavors while remaining very complex and extremely refined.”

It is being released in two sizes:

  • Bishops Blend Corona Larga (6 1/4 x 46) — $11.50 (Boxes of 20, $230)
  • Bishops Blend Robusto (5 x 48) — $11 (Boxes of 20, $220)

A total of 1,200 boxes are being produced, split evenly between the two sizes. Like the rest of the company’s cigars, it is made at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.