La Perla Habana Black Pearl Quick Take
La Perla Habana Black Pearl is your quintessential internet stick. Its the type of cigar many readers will ask for at their B&M, but usually won’t find. In fact our sticks were given to us by site sponsor StogieBoys.com. Internet cigars tend to be geared towards maximum value profiles with low prices. Evaluating an internet styled cigar is a little different game in my opinion. Flavor, consistency, and construction tend to not be as important as bottom line value. Once an internet customer finds a stick they like they tend to stick with it. In my college days, I was definitely more of an online cigar guy for the exact reasons I mentioned above. So with this in mind lets take a look at the La Perla Habana Black Pearl.
The Black Pearl looks appealing at first glance with its maduro wrapper exuding minimal oils and having a toothy texture to it. Turning to the foot and wrapper for inspection reveals a pre-light aroma of barnyard, floral notes, and some sweetness. Clipping the cap reveals a draw that is tight and a little bit more restrictive than I like, but still serviceable. So with the cap clipped I take the Black Pearl out for a spin.
The Black Pearl starts off with a bitter metallic taste that is not exactly my cup of tea, but thankfully that wears off pretty fast and some pleasent notes of charred wood, perhaps cedar, and coffee notes start to come through. These notes intermingle and range in strength throughout the first half. At the midpoint some floral notes develop and then transition into leather notes. It is about this time that some excessive heat starts to build up in the cigar. I slow my pace and allow the cigar to rest to allow for some dissipation of heat. Despite my best efforts the cigar tended to remain warmer than I would have preferred in the last quarter and it became especially apparent in the home stretch when the leather notes became more of a burnt leather.
You might think this review is a tad on the negative side, but to be honest the Black Pearl for a three-four dollar cigar is really not too bad of a deal. At this price point I don’t expect perfection, nor do I expect construction to be flawless and that being said the Black Pearl is a solid value for the internet savvy bargain shopper. What the Black Pearl does right is it offers the cigar smoker a good everyday medium body choice that has some decent flavors, some complexity, and fairly good construction. It’s a cigar you can enjoy for the most part, but not feel bad about if you have to put it out and do some errands. The cigar market is full of niches and the bargain cigar niche, while it may never be the Apogee of cigar making and taste, is a great place to go to find an everyday stick that you can smoke and enjoy, but not feel guilty about if you have to finish up quickly. While the Black Pearl wont find a spot on my top five list for the year, it could easily find a spot in my humidor for guests or for those days when I’m on the run.
Size: Belicoso 6.2 x 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro Arapiraca
Binder/ Filler: Mexican, Dominican, and Nicaraguan long filler