Cigar Review: Black Star Lines Rosewood 1923
Brand: Black Star Lines
Vitola: Corona 6 x 48
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Smoking Time: 57 minutes
What Makes it Special:
Black Star Line Cigars has chosen the prestigious Fábrica Oveja Negra to craft their latest masterpiece—a tribute to the solemn centenary of the Rosewood massacre. A call for us to remember a racially motivated massacre resulting in the destruction of an entire Florida town. With a death toll never fully counted, as no criminal justice was ever levied against the perpetrators. I urge you to avail yourself of this chance to learn about it.
Introducing the Rosewood 1923, a cigar that emerges in a 6 x 48 corona size, meticulously crafted to perfection. It boasts an exquisite Mexican San Andrés wrapper, elegantly embracing an Ecuadorian binder, with its heart and soul composed of a harmonious blend of Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan fillers. This union of premium tobaccos promises a symphony of flavors that will captivate even the most discerning aficionados.
As this cigar pays homage to a significant historical event, its price point matches its significance. With an MSRP set at $13.50, the Rosewood 1923 exemplifies the weight and import of its historical namesake.
The weight feels right. The resistance of the draw is spot on. A crisp cinnamon and baking spice allude to what is to come.
A delectable commencement ushers in this exquisite cigar experience. Launching with a harmonious blend of various spicy peppers, warm and comforting cinnamon, luscious caramel, a luxuriously creamy texture, and the soothing finish of cedar wood.
The generous plume of smoke that gracefully billows from the cigar adds to the overall sensory delight, enhancing the appreciation of its nuanced complexities. Like a masterful stroke of precision, the burn remains consistently razor-sharp, a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship that has gone into this exceptional creation.
Subtle hints of honey have recently made their presence known, while the other flavors continue to dance seductively across the pallet. Turning our attention to the matter of strength, it is a medium beginning to show hints of full here, as if teetering on the edge about to plunge headlong.
Here, we discerned delightful citrus undertones, harmonizing with sweeter notes of caramel, honey, and a nostalgic hint of candied cinnamon apple. The cigar’s standout quality is its sumptuous creaminess, akin to a first-class Uber ride for the palate. Notably, Oveja Negra’s expert craftsmanship is evident, resulting in a passionate appreciation for this cigar. The strength ends up full-bodied with a finish that reminds me of a rootbeer float. Construction has remained impeccable.
I’ll just come out and say it. I liked this one. The combination of these two teams is accomplished with a balance that is evident in the cigar. If you want complex, bold flavors with an underlying strength to match, try this cigar; you’ll likely agree with the 92 out of 100 final score. Points were subtracted only because the strength and complexity may limit the audience of the cigar. Also, at $13.50 for a corona, price will also be a barrier to entry, especially in high tax markets, which, given the historical significance of its name, is very unfortunate.
However, I hope now some of the audience of this review will see past these points after reading about it further and realizing its names’ significance and the need for remembrance of such events with such a well-executed homage.