If you live outside of Texas and haven’t been to Austin, I can assure you a weekend trip to our version of Silicon Valley will be well worth it.

There is a very active live music scene, a topless swimming hole, a median age of 31 and a great cigar scene!

The city’s official moniker is, “Keep Austin Weird.” Within this youthful, free-spirited environment a lot of innovation is cranked out annually.

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Photo Cred: www.guestdoor.com

While Austin is the state and technology capitol of Texas, who said innovation has to be limited to all things geeky? Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) out of Austin, TX isn’t your grandpa’s cigar and unless edgy is the new geeky, BLTC has a different brand of innovation in mind.

It’s a cigar company that produces new and fresh smoking profiles infused with the Austin grunge vibe. This sort of local flavor is what makes boutique cigars as exciting as they are. You have individuals willing to push the limits beyond what we consider traditional to create something truly unique and personal.

Today, BLTC announced the release of Morphine, their latest cigar distributed by Boutiques Unified. This is the same outfit that handles Ezra Zion, Nomad, Emilio and 1502.

Morphine is made in Esteli at BLTC’s factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra. When it was first sampled in 2014, Morphine was instantly put into the ass-kicker category. It was one of the strongest cigars in the BLTC line up and ranked right up there with the most potent cigars on the market.

Hence, the name Morphine was given to it. Its strong, but you keep coming back for more.

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Photo Cred: www.imbd.com

After designing the label of the cigar, the final product unintentionally resembled the “Silence of the Lambs” video cover. Instead of going for a redesign, BLTC embraced the similarity and named the vitolas with the relationship in mind:

  • The Robusto is ‘Buffalo Bill’
  • Corona Gorda is ‘Hannibal’
  • The Lancero is ‘Dr. Lecter’

Here are the other critical details: 

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $10.50
  • Lancero – 7.25 x 42 (12 count) MSRP $11.00
  • Torpedo Box Press – 5 x 54 (18 count) MSRP $10.50

Shipments are now heading out to a select number of retailers across the country. If you’d like to get your hands on the newest addition to the boutique cigar scene, then check back for updates on which retailers are carrying them.

In the meantime, share your thoughts on the other BLTC cigars you have tried and what you thought about them!

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