Black Abyss by JR Cigar

Black Abyss by JR Cigar

Black abyss

Wrapper: San Andres

Binder: Corojo

Filler: Cuban Seed Criollo 98/Olor/Dominicano/Piloto Cubano

Size: Banshee 5×50

Price: Box priced, $59.95-$74.95

Acquired: Sample courtesy of JR Cigar

The Black Abyss is a new release that comes to us exclusively from cigar retailer JR Cigar. JR Cigar has teamed up with cigar legend José Blanco to create this new masterpiece of pleasure. The cigar is made in the Dominican Republic at José Blanco’s factory, Tabacalera Palma and is available in four sizes:

-Banshee 5×50

-Wraith 6×52

-Hydra 6×52 Torpedo

-Cerberus 6×60

Appearance: Looking at this cigar, the first thing I notice is the bands. The Black Abyss features two bands; the main band has an array of colors in the tan, brown, black, and red fields. The band reads, “Black Abyss” in the middle in red and black with “Hand” and “Made” on each side. A graphic of what appears to be fire surrounds the wording. The second band, a foot band is tan with the continuing flame pattern burning downward.   I will be the first to say that I am a traditionalist when it comes to the artwork and designs on cigar bands. The artwork on the bands of the Black Abyss is definitely more modern and graphic.

The cigar itself features a medium brown San Andres wrapper leaf that is fairly toothy. The wrapper leaf has some medium sized veins running through it and a perfect cap.

Flavor: This is the category in which this cigar really stands out, of course when a master like José Blanco has his hands in the making of a cigar you should know it is going to taste good. Upon initial light I notice that this cigar is fairly sweet with some prominent cocoa notes. Along with the cocoa notes is a creamy almost chocolate milk flavor present. About a quarter of the way into this stick I start to pick up on some coffee flavors as well. As the cigar proceeds I pick up on some traditional wood cedar notes as well as hints of leather. Most of the flavors remain present throughout the smoke and are joined about half way by the ever slightest bit of a floral note.

Strength: Solid medium to light full body.

Burn: Excellent. I was smoking this cigar outside on a somewhat windy day and it only required one small touch up to prevent an uneven burn. The smoke was thick and white.

Buy it? That would be a definite yes. I will admit that upon first seeing the cigar the artwork kind of put me off. However that thought was completely put out of my mind after the first couple puffs. The flavor profile is nothing short of unique and exquisite. The Black Abyss makes for an excellent all day smoke whether you are firing up for breakfast or late at night after a full meal, this is a stick that is sure to satisfy.   If nothing else, you cannot beat the price. The pricing on this cigar is ridiculously low for the quality and taste that it provides. Buy it, smoke it, and tell us your thoughts!


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