Briar to Binder – Black Label Trading Co Deliverance Nocturne Black –

Briar to Binder – Black Label Trading Co Deliverance Nocturne Black –

– Hey everyone, Shane Ireland here. – And I’m Truett Smith. – And welcome to another
episode of Briar to Binder. Briar to Binder is our
series of cigar reviews, cigar discussion. – Yeah. – Sort of based around
the context or the premise of pipe guys exploring
the world of cigars. – And obviously there’s
a lot in common with– – Absolutely. – Pipes and cigars and we’re
kinda here to talk about that. – Talk about that, yeah, talk
about some parallels between the type of blends and the type of cigars that are in our rotations at the moment. So, in our rotation at the moment is the Black Label Trading
Co. Deliverance Nocturne. And the reason that Truett and I wanted to talk about this cigar– – I don’t know if you’ve
seen it yet on our blog, but we just released smoking
pipes top 10 cigars for 2019. The first time we’ve ever
done something like that. So if you haven’t seen it,
we’ll link to it in this video, so go ahead and check that out. But our number one cigar is Black Trading Company’s
Deliverance Porcelain. – Yep. – Which is essentially the foil or the yin to the Nocturne’s yang, so to speak. – Yeah, yeah. So, the Deliverance Porcelain was a limited edition release originally and I’m pretty sure because
of the popular demand for it, they actually ended up including it in their standard line
up earlier this year, and I would say that, several of us tasted these cigars independently of each other, nominated them and then
ended up rating them on a scoring system and Deliverance Porcelain I think
almost every one of us suggested that it should be part
of the panel or whatever, and I think that just generally
speaking people around here in the office kind of went nuts on the Deliverance Porcelain this
year and smoked a lot of them. I think Truett and I both have put a couple boxes down, just us. So we wanted to revisit the
Deliverance Nocturne again, as sort of the darker counterpart to the Deliverance Porcelain
and I’m really glad I did. – And just going over the
components of this cigar, we’re smoking each a different Vitola. – Yeah. – So Shane’s got the Perfecto, I’m smoking the Short Solomon, there’s also a Longer Solomon, which is about two inches
longer than this one, but we’re smoking the
shorter ones right now, and the wrapper is the most
distinctive part of it, compared to the porcelain. It’s got a Pennsylvania Broad Leaf Maduro, where as the Porcelain’s is Connecticut. – And also, this is one of the few, if only currently available
Black Label Trading Co. cigars that features a Pennsylvania Broad Leaf, most of the Maduro offerings tend to be on the San Andreas side, so it’s a unique cigar in that regard, and also the wrapper itself, I think is something that I really admired as soon as I picked a couple of these up. It’s a beautiful wrapper,
it’s not super toothy, but there is a little bit of tooth to it, a lot of glistening mineral
content in the wrapper, and it’s oily as well. – Mm-hmm. It has those speckles
all through it slightly, really nicely textured,
really well wrapped, so it’s a good looking
cigar right off the bat. Now obviously, paired with that, you’ve got Black Label
Trading Company’s artwork. – Yes. – James Brown does a great
job with the branding, and just the aesthetic of his stuff, and Nocturne fits it well,
the Deliverance line, it’s got this macabre, netherworldly– – Also sort of like old
school catholicism, like– – Yeah, yeah, mixed with, I don’t know, I always think of bikers, or something like that. – Sure, sure. – Skull and crossbones type things. But the fillers for both the
Nocturne and the Porcelain are Pennsylvania Ligeros
and Nicaraguan tobaccos, and the binder’s a– – [Both] Nicaraguan Habano. – So the interesting
thing about this cigar, and I will say that first of all, both of these shapes,
including the Larger Solomon, because of the nature of
the shapes, you can expect, I mean the Perfecto’s probably smoking a little bit differently than that, but you can expect an
intensity building up as you smoke through the cigar, particularly in the Perfecto. – Yeah. – As the ring gauge slims down. But, one thing I noticed
right off the bat, when I lit this up, and from other examples that I’ve smoked, really what I get immediately, is sort of a chocolatey sweetness that I associate with the Pennsylvania Broad
Leaf Maduro wrapper, so that sort of chocolate and sweetness, it’s not a cooling sweetness, it reminds me of an old school
chocolatey, nutty burley– – Burley, yeah. – Burley blend, so if you were a fan of Solani’s aged burley flake,
there’s a definite chance that you’ll enjoy this cigar,
and put it in your rotation, but this cigar is also
more complicated than that. – Mm-hmm. – More dynamic, and I think that there’s something to be said for a few
other types of pipe tobaccos that are sort of analogs to this, and we’ll get to that in a minute, but aside from the chocolatey sweetness, there is definitely
kind of a lot of pepper that builds as you smoke. – And Black Label stuff, as well as their Black Works offshoot, their cigars are often marked and defined by that spiciness of Nicaraguan tobacco. – Sort of bold, bold
flavor profiles, yeah. – Exactly. And there’s definitely that here, I wouldn’t say it’s as spicy
as some of their other stuff– – The wrapper balances it nicely. – I think of, like, Bishop’s Blend is a really nice spicy
one, and stuff like that, and this one definitely has
it, but like Shane was saying, definitely hit with
that kind of chocolatey, cocoa sweetness at the beginning. – Yeah. – But it’s mellow, it’s not like you said, it’s not gonna satiate a
sweet tooth type of thing, it’s not a dessert cigar. – We talk about balance in cigars and balance in pipe tobaccos a lot, and I think this is a
really good example of that. I was sort of expecting a real spice bomb when I first tried this cigar– – Same. – And really, the spicy
and the sweet notes really play really nicely together, and throughout the smoke, yes
the spice builds in intensity and the sweetness sort of
diminishes a little bit, but never to the point
where either one of them is in your face, I will
also say that at this point, now that I’m getting into it. – The spice is definitely
picking up for me. – The spice is definitely
picking up for me, but also, that sort of
just fermented tobacco note that I associate with a
really old, straight Virginia, I get similar feelings
from certain cigars. Obviously a lot of components in a lot of the cigars that we offer have a little bit of
time of rest, and aging, and maturation on them
before they’re blended, but this one particularly reminds me of that sort of mix between an earthy kind of a
fermentation, and like– – I’m kind of thinking Perique. – A little– – A little bit. – I’m just gonna say fruity also. – Like, not as bold, or I mean, it’s a little bolder than Perique, where Perique’s kind of
complimentary, or like a condiment. – Yes. – This is a little more forward, but it has those notes of a heavy Perique and Virginia blend. – But in addition to the black
pepper tingle in the nose, on the pallette, I get something greener, that reminds me more
of fresh green peppers. Like, there’s a little bit more of that, like, I don’t know, it’s like a dryness sensation
on the pallette a tiny bit, but also sort of like
perking me up a little bit, and it does remind me
of like, I don’t know, raw jalapeno, a little bit, to be honest. – Yeah. – Or maybe like raw jalapeno
and sweet green bell pepper. – We’re also discussing
before shooting this video, a lot of the cigars we’ve
done for Briar and Binder, Briar to Binder, sorry. No. – Yeah. – Yeah, is that it? (both laugh) – Yeah, Briar to Binder. – Briar to Binder, yeah
yeah yeah, exactly. A lot of those cigars we’ve done had been more comparable
to straight Virginias, stuff like that, and so– – Something a little more,
a little more mild and yeah. – We wanted to showcase a cigar that maybe catered to those pipe smokers who liked English blends, Latakia forward blends, orientals– – Oriental mixtures. – Stuff like that, and I
think this is a good choice for first pipe smokers
who like those blends. – Now, if you are a super,
super Latakia aficionado, you’re gonna notice that there is not much of the smoked wood
campfire kind of a note here, but in terms of the Latakia, what I do get from this particular cigar, and I do think that some of
it is the Pennsylvania Ligero, and I think some of it is
the Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, that sort of creaminess, that fullness, like the weight on your pallette, mixed– – It’s the texture of the smoke. – The texture of the smoke, which also these cigars produce a lot of, as you can probably see. The other thing is, you know, I mentioned earlier that like
that chocolatey sweetness reminds me of an old
school straight burley, there’s also, the earthiness
and the nuttiness here that reminds me of like, you know, often it can be confusing when you’re smoking a pipe tobacco blend, whether or not you’re tasting certain oriental varieties versus burley. – Right. – Because they both have
those sort of earthy, floral, nutty kind of characters to them, so if you like oriental
blends or English mixtures that are very oriental
forward, very Turkish forward, this is another thing that
you might wanna check out. – One thing I like about
cigars is in pipe tobacco, while you get some of that, like we’re talking earthy
flavors and all that stuff, you don’t get a lot of coffee notes. – Mm-hmm. – In pipe tobacco, where as cigars, you know, that’s often a common flavor, and so this kinda blends in. I’m getting a lot of coffee
notes on the retrohale, and it adds another element that you wouldn’t necessarily
get in a pipe tobacco. – Yeah, and it really
compliments the cocoa, and honestly, this cigar– – Yeah, exactly. – I associate those notes closely as well. – Same, same. – But yeah, there’s something
that reminds me of like, a dark roast Italian espresso,
or something like that, with a little bit of sugar in it. – Almost just like smelling whole beans, like before they’ve been ground. – Yeah. – It’s kind of that flavor, that style. – So along with Solani’s
aged burley flake, Wessex’s burley slice, Cornell & Deal’s burley flake number four, or burley flake number two, I would say that on the English
slash, oriental side, this kinda reminds me a little bit of… Oh gosh, maybe even a little bit of Peterson’s early morning pipe. – Like, that sort of real nutty, forward, oriental mixture, I’m trying to
think of other English blends that remind me of this a little bit too. – Yeah, it’s not something like C&D’s pirate cake or something, where it’s really Latakia forward, it’s something more like EMP– – Rattray’s Red Rapparee. You know, that I think
relies on the Virginia base a little bit more than
Black Mallory does for– – Blairgowrie a little bit? – Blairgowrie a little bit, yeah, like Scottish type mixtures. – Yeah. – Like Truett mentioned, like you know, a little bit of that sort of
perique character as well, so yeah, Blairgowrie,
McConnell Scottish blend, maybe even Night Cap,
maybe even Peterson’s– – Yeah, I’d put it between Night
Cap and Early Morning Pipe, Early Morning Pipe’s a little lighter, where as Night Cap is on the– – On the full and spicy side. – Fuller side, exactly, yeah. I think this hits in the middle. – And like we’ve mentioned before, you know, it’s nearly impossible to say, “This cigar equals this pipe tobacco.” or the other way around, we’re just trying to give you kind of a feeling of where this
could fit into your rotation, based on your preferences already. – I do think burley is
maybe the closest match, like the more I’m smoking this, I personally for burley blends, I really like Peterson’s Irish Flake, and that’s the burley blend I’m personally most familiar with, and so I’m getting a lot of similarities, with just the fullness, the slightly floral notes, nuttiness, and the cocoa a little bit
is reminding me of that. – As we get into this too, I was gonna suggest that
there’s certain things here, not necessarily that real meaty, salty, bacon kind of flavor, but
there’s certain things here that do remind me of
a blend that does have a significant dark fire component. – What’s that? – Like Irish Flake! – Oh, I thought you I thought you were thinking
of a specific blend– – No, I just mean– – In general, but– – You said Irish Flake, and as this is building in intensity too, yeah, there’s some of that against some of that
earthy character, and… – Yeah, there is some meatiness. – There is some meatiness to it, sure. – Savory. – It is savory. It is savory. Especially now that I’m kind of getting the midway point here, I usually associate a
heavier cigar like this, in terms of strength, also
to typically go hand in hand with the heavier profile
of flavor and spice. And in some ways, the spice
is building in intensity, but alongside that, I’m still getting plenty
of chocolatey notes, I’m starting to get a lot more leather than I was in the beginning of this cigar. – I haven’t picked up on that yet. – A little more complexity as well, but it’s also, I can feel
the strength building, but the flavor is actually still, I don’t know, so well rounded. – You know, we were
talking during the break, if you will, as we smoked a little more, again, how Black Label kinda
has a consistent profile within their cigar lines,
and I was expecting– – Sort of a signature profile. – Yeah, a signature with
spiciness, boldness, et cetera, and I know when I first smoked this cigar, I was expecting more of that, like a very bold spicy character, and while we stated already how it’s got that spice in the background, it’s more chocolatey, more
sweet, a little meaty as well, and just talking about how it’s a testament to James’s
ability and Black Label and Black Works’s ability
to vary their cigars, and showcase a diverse range of profiles. You’re not gonna get the exact, like not every cigar
tastes exactly the same, and while if I blind tested
this, I could probably tell you, “This is a Black Label cigar,” it’s not gonna taste exactly
the same as Bishops Blend, or Killer Bee, or something like that. It is very distinct, it’s individual, it’s its own thing, and I
like that about Black Label, especially that it has
that signature element throughout all of their blends, but each one is its own thing. – And I’ve smoked a lot of their cigars, and there’s a handful of
go-tos for me in the line that I smoke more than others, and revisiting the Deliverance Nocturne makes me realize that I really
should go through the line and try a few more, try a few more that I
only smoked once or twice when they came out. This is also burning really well for me, and yeah, like I said, I think that this would
be an amazing night cap. – Yeah. – Really, or I could see myself really enjoying this as an outdoor smoke. Typically, I’m not a
fan of smoking outdoors, I prefer to smoke inside
for a number of reasons, both with pipes and cigars, but this is one that’s
flavor would stand up well to being smoked outside. – We’re drinking some whiskey here, and it pairs really well with that too, so definitely in line
with that night cap idea. – Yeah, absolutely. – So, some night, if you like
to smoke a pipe before bed, or something like that– – Try one of these. – Yeah, try one of
these, try the Nocturne. – You’re almost certainly
gonna be satisfied. Having said that, cheers. – Cheers. Cheers to y’all. – Yep. – Does that about sum it up? – This happens to be, yes it does, I was gonna say, this happens
to be a higher octane burbon, a lot of woody character,
and it’s a medium age burbon, definitely a lot of
vanilla notes in there, and it pairs really well with this cigar, with that sort of
chocolatey, spicy texture, also, trying the whiskey
and smoking the cigar, it also reminds me that there
is a woodiness to this blend, like we talked about the earthy flavors, and there’s a little bit of
a woodiness to it as well, and I think that’s yet another example of how it’s not exactly the same, but similar to some Latakian blends. – Just a note on the construction, you mentioned it’s burning really well, there was a point where I thought I maybe needed to touch
it up a little bit– – And it worked itself out? – And I held off, and
it’s working itself out, and so, just kind of something that I always have to remind myself, you know, trust the
cigar, trust the maker, even if it looks like maybe
it’s going a little haywire– – Don’t fiddle with it. – Don’t fiddle with it, trust
the process type of thing. – Give it a second, yeah. And especially now that
I’ve been at the midpoint for a little while, this
is a slow burn for me too. I think a lot of that is the shape of vitolas that they chose, but yeah, really really nice showcase of the Pennsylvania Broad Leaf format, and more complexity than I
even suspected after smoking a couple of samples, and
lighting this one up. Awesome. Black Label Trading Co.
Deliverance Nocturne, made in limited quantities, and available on the website now. Thank you guys so much. – Take care.

2 thoughts on “Briar to Binder – Black Label Trading Co Deliverance Nocturne Black –

  1. My question is how do you get rid of the morning after taste? I've been smoking pipes and cigars for a couple of years now and every time I smoke an English blend or something really strong I get this terrible after taste even after brushing my teeth. Is there some kind of special toothpaste or mints I don't know about?

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