Unveiling Intrigue: Black Works Studio Rorschach Sumatra Cigar Review

Written by: Juan Panesso



Time to read 2 min

Step into the enigmatic world of the Black Works Studio Rorschach Sumatra, a cigar that beckons with mystery and flavor. Like inkblots shaping different perceptions, this blend invites you to explore a realm of tantalizing tastes and Indonesian authenticity. Crafted as a lighter yet complex iteration, it unfolds layers of cedar, cinnamon, and a subtle pepper essence for an unforgettable journey.

The Black Works Studio Rorschach Sumatra asks you what you see in the smoke clouds.

Is it the shape of a woman?

An angry bear?

Your Uncle Junior telling you that you never had the makings of a varsity athlete?

Whatever you see, you’ll love the flavors of this well-crafted tobacco roll.

The Sumatra version builds on the success of the original Black Works Studio Rorschach blend. It was a Nicaraguan stick with an Ecuador Habano that smoked up spicy and earthy. In this production run, James Brown and his Black Works team found that a genuine Sumatra wrapper was the thing to use.

Now, lots of Sumatra-seed leaf is grown in Ecuador these days – and there’s nothing wrong with that. The weather is ideal for cigar wrapper cultivation. But for the original flavors that sparked the world’s interest in this particular kind of tobacco, you’ve got to go to the soil that birthed the craze: Indonesia. There, the volcanic sediment creates fields that are rich with the minerals needed to allow plants to grow healthy, strong, and flavorful.

And so it is with the cover leaf for the Black Works Studio Rorschach Sumatra cigar.

Inside, you get a tasty Nicaraguan long-filler blend with a Nicaraguan habano binder. The aim was to somewhat brighten the blend and offer something more subtle and complex.

As Mr. Brown said, “The new Sumatran version is a lighter profile highlighting Jalapa tobacco.”

As for the taste, it offers “layers of soft cedar, cinnamon, and mild pepper” to “create a complex profile with a long creamy finish.”

This is a less dark, but somehow more mysterious side of the Rorschach blend. What will you find as you contemplate each draw? The answers lie within, of course.

Please browse our selection of Black Works Studio Rorschach Sumatra cigars at your leisure.

What are the flavors like?

Layers of cedar, cinnamon, and mild pepper, with a creamy finish.

What’s the strength level?


Who is this cigar for?

Black Works Studio Rorschach Sumatra cigars are for lovers of genuine Indonesian leaf and exotic light spice.

Will I want to smoke it to the nub?

Yes, most likely.

What’s a good pairing with it?

Let’s make cocktails. If you substitute whiskey for gin in a negroni, you get a boulevardier (1.5 parts bourbon whiskey, 1 part vermouth, 1 part Campari)

What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?

Laid back on your thinking couch.

Any flaws/downsides?

If you have inner demons, deep contemplation will bring them out.

As you embark on contemplative draws of the Rorschach Sumatra, anticipate a mosaic of flavors—soft cedar, hints of spice, and a creamy finish that lingers on the palate. This cigar, birthed from the rich Indonesian soil, offers a medium-full strength experience tailored for aficionados seeking an exotic and nuanced smoking adventure. Dive deep into introspection, accompanied by a Boulevardier, and unwind as the Rorschach Sumatra unveils its intriguing complexity, making each moment a canvas for discovery. Explore our selection and embrace the allure of this mysteriously delightful cigar.