Black Works Studio – Sindustry Robusto
Black Works Studio was launched in November 2015 as a “playground” of sorts for James Brown of Black Label Trading Co. and partner in Fabrica Oveja Negra, a cigar factory located in Esteli, Nicaragua. Three small batch releases soon followed including the NBK, Killer Bee, and Rorschach. In 2016, Black Works Studio showcased the S&R, Boondock Saint, and Sindustry at the IPCPR Trade Show, along with some new sizes in their existing lines.
Featuring a Mexican San Andres wrapper over Nicaraguan internals, Sindustry was soft launched before the FDA regs went into place in August, but it wasn’t until February 2017 that the line became fully available. There are three vitola options: Robusto (5 by 50), Toro (6 ¼ by 48) and Lancero (7 by 38). The toro and robusto version come packaged in 20-count boxes, while the lancero in 16-count boxes with 250 boxes of each size produced.
Size: 5 by 50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Sindustry by Black Works Studio is wrapped in an extremely dark brown leaf that is consistent in color. Small veins web down the entire leaf that has a fine tooth and some scattered bumps. A fair amount of oils can be felt on the gritty leaf as I inspect the cigar. Bringing the Sindustry to my nose, I am met with a barnyard/manure and big chocolate aroma. From past experiences, an aroma like this means promising things in the future.
Due to the closed foot, much of the aroma is the same, but there is a bit of spice. The cigar comes to a close with a triple cap that has a nipple-like tip. After a shallow, clean cut, the draw has a tad more resistance the preferred and full, rich flavors come across of potpourri, chocolate, and some pepper spice.
With the Black Works Studio Sindustry underway, big flavors come rushing forth that are rich, dark, and meaty. In the flavor arena, there is a rich, sweet woodsy flavor that first hits the palate, followed by a leather and saltiness. At about a half an inch in, a thick yeasty flavor joins in. A medium spice heat lingers in the mouth and the spice is accentuated as I pass it through my nose. On the sharp side, but manageable. The burn-line is thin and mostly even.
Some of the sweetness fades from the profile and the woodsy flavor becomes more of a pencil-shavings and there is a growing black pepper flavor. The yeasty flavor remains and actually may be gaining ground. After a short while, the sweetness reappears, along with a new orange zest and the richness is in full swing. The burn is all over the place as a white, flaky ash is being formed. Even though it is flaky, it is nearly inch and half long.
Pulling into the final third of the Sindustry robusto, the flavors are darker than earlier with the leather and an earth now at the front. The flavors remain rich, but there is not as much sweetness accompanying it, but rather an unsweetened cocoa. The cocoa lingers on the finish of the smoke. Behind the heavier flavors, the yeast flavor still pulls through. Waves of strength hit me as the cigar progressed, but it wasn’t until the final third where a steady amount of strength was noticeable.
I ordered these up on the recommendation of the owner of Ford on Fifth, and he didn’t do me wrong. I loved the bold, rich flavors the Sindustry by Black Works Studio delivered that paired up with a progressing strength profile that ended in the full range. Sure, the burn got a little out of whack here and there, but when the flavors are hitting on a cylinders, who really cares! Sindustry has whet my appetite to try the other offerings from Black Works Studio. And this is a must try if you enjoy full flavor, full strength cigars.