A black market brings to mind some interesting imagery. I always think of a Slavic country, broken-down buildings crumbling around me, a large building standing still. The lights are dim, there is smoke all around of a questionable origin, and all I can smell is grease, cosmoline, and the smell of cigars. All around are people selling everything you could conceive of, from stolen liquor and gold to weapons and even uranium. Obviously, I’ve seen too many spy movies, but the point is that there’s a lot of goods there, and that for most of the goods, you’d be unable to trace it back to the last two owners, let alone to the original source.
Similarly, Alec Bradley’s Black Market Toro cigars are made with so many different tobaccos, it’s hard to tell where a particular flavor is coming from, even though you may enjoy that flavor. You start with a filler consisting mostly of Honduran and Panamanian leaves, which you bind together with a Sumatran binder, all of which you wrap in a beautiful Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper to get a flavorful cigar that won’t break the bank. When lit, the flavor is one of spice and pepper, building toward a dry finish that will allow you to pair your favorite alcoholic beverage of choice with the cigar to create a nice combination in your mouth. If you’re looking for a great and dark cigar from Alec Bradley, the Black Market toro is a great place to start.