Black Works Studios The Hornet Robusto Review

Black Works Studios is a part of the Oveja Negra list of brands and is very closely tied to Black Label Trading Company - it is a limited production portfolio for that brand. The Hornet is one of the early creations for Black Works Studios. This cigar features an Ecuadorian Maduro wrapper with Candela accents - fitting for the name. It was released in 2016 as an extension to the Killer Bee blend.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro & Candela

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Vitola: 5 x 48 Robusto

Price: $11.50 MSRP

Link to Purchase: The Cigar Farm (Use code “WW10” to save 10%!)

This cigar comes in what is probably my most favorite, yet quite uncommon vitola. I love this combination of length and ring gauge. It  is firmly packed. The dark wrapper is quite clean and the candela accents look very nicely done. The cigar doesn’t have much of a smell, maybe a little syrup and spice. The cold draw has some bright sweetness on the tongue but not much else. First light brings thin, mild bodied smoke with medium flavors of grass, wood, tannins, and oil. Quickly the smoke production and body come up to full, along with the flavors. The retrohale has some creamy, semi-sweet citrus rind. About an inch in the draw has shifted towards an oily, citrusy wood with some earthiness. Moving into the second third there some baking spices coming in and the earth has picked up. The retrohale is spicy, herbal, and a bit woody. Hitting halfway things are rolling along much the same. The performance has been great so far. Entering the final third there is a lot of creamy baking spices on the palate. There’s a little strength coming in that I can feel in my throat and chest in the form of pepper and earth. Coming to an end at about an hour the flavors remained consistent, maybe adding a touch of cacao.

Overall Experience

Overall this is a solid cigar. It is quite robust in terms of fullness in flavor, body, and the creeping strength. There was enough of a creaminess and subtle sweet notes to balance the primarily earth and wood forward profile. It sits in that realm of something that would certainly appeal to smokers who enjoy full, bold smoking experiences, but would still hit the palate of the smoker that prefers more medium, nuanced blends but is looking for a little bit of a kick. I think you’ll enjoy this if you fall into either of those two categories. I don’t think this cigar is up the alley of a smoker that prefers brighter, milder notes. It is certainly not for someone that does not like strength. 

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