A pair of cigars that Black Label Trading Co. showed off at this summer’s PCA Convention & Trade Show will be heading to stores just after the Labor Day holiday on Monday, as the company has announced it will begin shipping the Black Works Studio Killer Bee Shaolin and the Black Works Studio Rorschach.

The Black Works Studio Killer Bee Shaolin is a slightly tweaked version of the Killer Bee blend that was offered as an exclusive to retailers who attended the trade show. It uses three leaves to create the wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés along with Ecuadorian Connecticut and candela. Underneath that is a Honduran habano binder and Nicaragua filler, a combination that James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and Black Works Studio describes as being bold but elegant, with layers of complexity.

It is offered in a 5 1/2 x 46 belicoso vitola and priced at $13.50 per cigar. Production is limited to 1,000 boxes of 24 cigars, a total run of 24,000 cigars.

The Black Works Studio Rorschach is adding a short robusto as a regular production vitola, measuring 4 1/2 x 48 and priced at $7. It uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Nicaraguan habano binder and Nicaraguan filler, and comes offered in 50-count boxes.

The Rorschach was one of the first three releases for Black Works Studio, debuting at the end of 2015 in a 5 x 38 petite panetela vitola. “Rorschach has become one of our most popular cigars and fans of this cigar will enjoy it in a short robusto,” said Brown in a press release.

Both cigars are produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. Black Works Studio was launchd as a project designed to release small batch projects that shows off the blending and rolling capabilities of the factory.

Images courtesy of Black Label Trading Co.

Patrick Lagreid

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