From the owners of Churchill’s Smoke Shop and Lounge in East Providence, RI, comes the La Prov. This line of cigars is made in Nicaragua at Fabrica de Oveja Negra, which is the factory that Black Label Trading Co. operates in Esteli. The La Prov comes in two wrappers, and Bryan there was kind enough to share one of each with me. Both samples provided were a 6″ x 50 toro size, I’m not sure what other sizes these come in, nor do I know the price point. Bryan has been preoccupied with the birth of his child, so I have only bugged him a little. As is my custom, I smoked the La Prov Ecuador Habano Maduro first. This has a Nicaraguan binder and filler blend under the Maduro wrapper, and was a medium bodied smoke. I enjoyed the fairly typical maduro flavors of cocoa and coffee, and was quite impressed with the burn and draw. It was very well made, and made me anxious to try more cigars from the same factory. I found it quite enjoyable.
The La Prov natural version was equally as satisfying. This one is Nicaraguan binder and filler with a Corojo wrapper from Ecuador. While I still think this falls into the medium bodied category, I found the flavor to be mellower, some sweet tobacco flavor with a little bit of spice. Again, perfect construction, burning with a nice, flat ember. I suspect I’ll be able to find cigars from this factory under the Black Label Trading Co. brand locally as they have just began distributing through Boutiques United (formerly House of Emilio), as they have a good presence here in PA. It seems that La Prov brand has only been on the streets since mid January, but the cigars are ready, and if you come across them, they are worth a try. I was quite impressed with the small sampling of these I smoked.
That’s all for now, until the next time,