War Witch by Black Star Line cigars

This one may have started a civil war in my mouth!

Cory Allen
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The Breakdown
Vitola (Size)
Corona (6 x 46)
Price (USD)

Have you heard of the Black Star Line Cigars? Chances are you have seen their stuff floating out on social media, but you likely don’t know much about them. Owner Aric is a Chicago firefighter that expanded his loves for cigars into creating his own brand. The War Witch is just one of a few they produce but arguably has the most hype around it. Let’s see how it does. 

Construction - Overall the construction was great and had a perfect cap setting, Lately construction quality has been an issue with some of the Aganorsa cigars I have smoked, so it was nice to see one created close to perfection. It has a nice smooth shade wrapper. I couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be a partial box pressed? May be semi pressed? Maybe just smashed on accident? It’s tough to tell but either way, it was produced wonderfully. 

Burn - Hey two for two. What a great draw and resistance. The smoke production on this cigar was just phenomenal. I would like to say that is par for the course for Aganorsa, but it isn’t. This cigar exceeded my previous judgmental thoughts. 

Flavor - It starts with heavy heavy spice up front. It burns the lips and tongue just a bit. It was little too much for me honestly but about a half inch in, a smooth sweet marches with the still heavy spice. A nice wheat flavor joins the club shortly after getting through the first 3rd but the spice still dominates. The cigar tamed out a bit once you cross mile 13, but the heavy spice picks up again, so much so that it actually caused my stomach to turn. I powered through and unfortunately the harshness of the spice was just overwhelming for the majority, leaving a lot more to be desired. With such heavy spice, the cigar really needed to be balanced out with some contrasting flavors. This smoke was pretty one dimensional and just not in my wheelhouse. 

Decent smoke to try.


This cigar isn't a budget buster but certainly inflated for a brand that has little recognition in the industry. I understand the pricing dynamic for cigars but without a solid and built up reputation, asking folks to pay $12.00 for a cigar is awfully demanding. That being said, if you are a pepper punch fan, this cigar will knock your sox off, and I suggest you give it a go. If you prefer complexity and balance, this one may disappoint you. Luckily everything else about this cigar exceeded my expectations, really shining in the nuts and bolts of the smoking experience. 

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Black Star Line Cigars

Adetola "Aric" Wimberly-Bey a Chicago Firefighter by trade started the idea of having a cigar company in the garage of his house. His love and knowledge of the leaf encouraged him to fulfill his dreams.

Cory Allen
Host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. Cory isn’t your prototypical cigar smoker. He’s a testament to today’s modern smoker. Having smoked his first cigar at the age 18, he immediately gained an affinity for this seemingly exclusive pastime, and specifically one that is not popular amongst those categorized as "Millennials" Today, Cory continues to indulge in some of the most highly rated and regarded cigars in the industry and is always seeking to get his grubby little hands on the next great smoke.