Black Works Studio is bringing back its S&R line for 2020, with the same three vitolas from 2019 returning this year, meaning that the culebra is back as well.

The blend remains the same as in years past, with a Sumatra wrapper covering a Nicaraguan habano binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Each cigar gets a pigtail cap courtesy of the rollers at Fabrica Oveja Negra, where the line is produced.

James Brown, creator of Black Works Studio and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra, called the blend medium-bodied with “tons of complexity and the perfect amount of white pepper to let you know this is a BLK WKS cigar” in a press release.

  • BLK WKS S&R Lancero (2020) (6 3/4 x 42) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • BLK WKS S&R Corona Gorda (2020) (5 1/2  x 46) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • BLK WKS S&R Culebra (2020) (6 3/4 x 42) — $35

“We are very excited for the third release of S&R,” Brown said, adding that the line represents the broad spectrum of cigars produced under the Black Works Studio line, which is part of Black Label Trading Co. It was launched in November 2015 as a way to show off the talent, technique and tobacco of Fabrica Oveja Negra in smaller-batch releases.

The company has not yet confirmed production numbers for this year’s release, or specified exactly when they will begin shipping other than to say it was announcing their “upcoming release.”

The Black Works Studio S&R line was announced in 2016 but did not begin shipping until February 2017.

Images courtesy of Black Works Studio.

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