Our Score (3 / 5)


  • RH – 69% for 3 Weeks
  • MSRP – $8.50 for 1
  • Smoke Time – 1 Hour & 5 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Ecuadorian Maduro
  • Binder – Nicaraguan
  • Filler – Nicaraguan
  • Length – 4.5
  • Ring Gauge – 46
  • Vitola – Petit Corona
  • Release Date – 2018

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Black Works Studio Killer Bee is a great looking cigar with no imperfections on the wrapper. It smells a bit earthy, and the unlit draw gives off a slight chocolaty taste.

First Third

The initial puffs of Black Works Studio Killer Bee are very leathery with hints of chocolate here and there. With no pepper on the retrohale until about five minutes in, the smoke starts off smooth and becomes full-bodied. The draw is great as well, and the smoke starts to get a bit creamy as the first third progresses. A little bit of grass flavor comes out toward the end, and while I’m not really a fan, it doesn’t ruin the cigar.

Second Third

The grass flavor from before is gone now, but the rest has stayed about the same as the first third. Leather starts to dominate the flavors, and Black Works Studio Killer Bee intensifies a lot as it gets a bit sweeter. Some wood notes come out toward the end of the second third, and I did have to touch up the cigar toward the end of this one.

Final Third

Everything is still pretty smooth, and there’s not much change from the second third. The flavors remain the same, and I had to touch the cigar up once more.

Would I Smoke Black Works Studio Killer Bee Again?

Yes. The smoke is very full-bodied, but the whole thing lacks complexity. Each of the flavors were good, and the ash held on perfectly until about an inch and a half into the smoke.

 

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