Black Label Trading Co. is back this year with a few new releases, two under their BLK WKS Studio and one event-only cigar.

With significantly fewer new releases this year than last, it was good to see a comparatively smaller brand still coming out with new stuff instead of just the huge manufacturers. It was obvious that there was plenty of interest in them as well, with a constant stream of retailers dropping by while I was there.

BLK WKS Boondock Saint
A tribute to a cult classic from the BLK WKS Studio side of things, this cigar is slated as having a strong, but refined profile.

  • Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Connecticut, Nicaragua & Pennsylvania
  • BLK WKS Boondock Saint Corona Larga (6 1/4 x 46) — $10 (Boxes of 20, $200)
  • BLK WKS Boondock Saint Robusto (5 1/4 x 50) — $10 (Boxes of 20, $200)

Launch Date: August 2017

Though it wasn’t at the show to photograph, another release from BLK WKS is the S&R, which stands for Serpent & Rainbow. It doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but will be the next limited edition coming from BLK WKS.

  • Wrapper: Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
  • BLK WKS S&R Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • BLK WKS S&R Lancero (6 3/4 x 42) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)

Green Hornet Kato
An event-only version of the Green Hornet, it has a slightly stronger blend with a slightly different shape.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Green Hornet Kato (4 1/2 x 46) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)

Launch Date: February 2017

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.