A pair of new, limited-edition cigars is coming soon from husband-and-wife team James and Angela Brown, owners of Black Label Trading Co. The new smokes are called Hyena, and they are part of the couple’s Black Works Studios sub-brand. They are expected to start shipping to retailers in early March.
The Browns say Hyena is rolled with a Cameroon cover leaf and binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua at their Fabrica Oveja Negra factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigars were blended to be medium-full in terms of strength.
Hyena will come in two vitolas: Corona Gorda, measuring 5 inches by 46 ring gauge ($12.00); and Lonsdale, 6 1/2 by 42 ($12.50). Both sizes will ship in boxes of 20. The black boxes are emblazoned with a colorful graphic that resembles a street-graffiti hyena.
The Hyena line was made in tribute to the many years the Browns lived in Africa. Production will be limited to 700 boxes of each size for the U.S. market with additional boxes reserved for sale in Europe.
Black Label is a newer company—it dates back to 2013, and its factory opened in 2015—but it has impressed in several blind taste tests in Cigar Aficionado. The company boasts several scores of 90 points or higher, and its Black Label Lawless Churchill is its top performer, having scored 93 points in the September/October 2019 issue of Cigar Aficionado. The Black Label Royalty Corona, however, scored 84 points in the January/February 2020 edition of the magazine.