Continuing my series of the Black Label Trading Company core line, next up is the Salvation. The description on the BLTC website describes it as “Medium bodied with notes of leather, cedar, and a beautiful herbal finish”. For this review I smoked the Salvation in a robusto (5 x 54)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Habano
Appearance and Construction (15 POINTS)
The appearance of this cigar is very attractive. This sun grown wrapper is very smooth to the touch, leathery, and has no obtrusive veins. The reddish brown tint to this one seperates it in color to the other sticks in the Black Label line. Overall with no protruding veins, soft spots, or other flaws I gave the Salvation 15 out 15 for appearance and construction.
Flavor (25 POINTS)
Aroma off the foot offers a lot of sweet chocolate and some grassy notes. The cold draw gives the same flavors and adds just a little bit of wood. Right upon lighting the cigar I'm hit with chocolate, caramel, and oak. Some spice is detectable on the retrohale, but there is almost none on the pallet. Flavors pick up steam going into the second third, adding more wood, smoke, and leather. Nutty flavors accompany the chocolate and while flavor never gets very full, they are fairly robust and interesting. There are no undesirable flavors through the first half of the cigar. In the final third I got some charcoal flavor in addition to all the previously mentioned notes, but the cigar burned a little hot and some of the flavors turned a little bitter. 22 our of 25.
Smoking Characteristics (25 POINTS)
The draw for this cigar was great with just enough resistance. The ash was compacted tight and held nearly halfway through the smoke for 2 of the 3 cigars smoked. On 2 of the cigars the burn got a little wonky and required some touchup, but overall very good in this category, 22 out of 25
Overall Impression (35 POINTS)
Overall this was a true medium bodied smoke with medium flavor. It was interesting and tasted great, but it isn't all the time I want a cigar in this range. I'd happily smoke this again, but it wouldn't be an everyday smoke for me. 30 out of 35.
Final Score: 89 (Great Cigar)
At a price point of $9.00 I could recommend this cigar to lots of smokers. For me I'd rate it at a 5 pack, but I have a feeling that there are a lot of smokers that would enjoy this for a box-split, or even a full box. If you're the kind of smoker that been smoking other medium cigars like Monte Cristo's or RyJ, and you want something without much more body but more interesting flavor, this could be a new favorite for you. If you like something a with some more kick to it, this cigar is still worth a shot and could be a great stick to grab in the morning with a cup of coffee.