Black Label Trading Co. has announced that S&R, a new release from its Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) will be arriving at retailers in early February.

It’s a milder smoke than fans of the brand might be expecting, as the blend is a bit of a departure from previous releases. S&R uses a Sumatran wrapper over a Nicaraguan habano binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It’s the first use of Dominican tobacco in the BLK WKS portfolio, as well as the first use of a Sumatran wrapper.

“S&R is an elegant smoke with complex flavors and a rich, refined finish,” said James Brown, creator of BLK WKS and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra, the factory that is producing the line.

It is being offered in two sizes:

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

The company is producing 500 boxes of each size, each containing 20 cigars.

S&R was originally announced in July 2016 amidst a number of other new cigars from BLK WKS, including Boondock Saint and Sindustry, and new sizes for the brand’s Killer Bee and NBK lines. BLK WKS was launched in Nov. 2015 as a way to show off the talent, technique and tobacco of Fabrica Oveja Negra in smaller-batch releases.

Shipping is scheduled to begin next week.

Images courtesy of Black Label Trading Co./Black Works Studio.


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