Therefore, cigar smokers who enjoy those blends will appreciate this cigar – especially after a big meal. Highly consistent, the smoke continues to issue sweet spice into the second act, as the pepper exits from the finish. Balance of flavors: Very good. Sometimes this sweetness can be overpowering, and can even kill blends when used improperly; but in the case of Cruz Real, it seems to be complementary, and that’s a bonus I particularly enjoy. Check it out now! Summary: Time to take a walk on the mellower side of Alec Bradley with the incredibly toasty American Classic. Draw: Consistent, easy draw. At around the inch mark, I’m noticing a muskier flavor, but the sweetness hangs on and it stays this course throughout the rest of the burn. Burn & Ash Quality: Just perfect. Construction: Very well rolled like all AB’s. Medalist. Honestly, no – this isn’t a top of the line smoke…but Cruz Real is a value cigar by design, and priced nice at that. Big shout out to Tinder Box of Memphis, for providing the cigar for the review. The torpedo size recently secured the #9 spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2018. From the initial light, I’m greeted by a slightly sweet aroma, hefty notes of black pepper, and an oaky presence of cashews. Burn / Ash Quality:  Very good. Retrohale: So, that’s where the pepper is! This month on Cigar World you could receive a Mr. Punch Racecar Driver Bobblehead. Retrohale: Copious amount of pepper and earth. Alec Bradley Magic Toast was a well constructed cigar, as you would expect from the famed Raíces Cubanas factory. Aroma: Spicy and slightly nutty. The Nica Puro Rosado is not as intense as the MAXX, but it also has plenty to offer the smoker who likes spicy Nicaraguan cigars. – Jared, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Robusto (5 1/4” x 52) Strength: Medium Wrapper: Honduras Trojes Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua. – Gary, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: The Fixx (5″ x 58 Toro Extra) Strength: Full Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano  Binder: Costa Rica Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico. Retrohale: Peppery and spicy. MAXX. At the end of the day, accolades don’t mean much if you don’t like the cigar, but the praise feels well-deserved for Alec Bradley. Burn is even, exposing a very firm light grey & black marbled ash. Aroma: Somewhat sweet, nutty, and woody. This classic blend is known for having been the talk of the town around the land in the early 1900s, and now, Alec Bradley has brought it back to the present in a sensibly decorated time capsule. Burn & Ash Quality: Tight, even burn leaves behind a solid ash that holds on like a champ. Summary: The Prensado Robusto opens with a hearty helping of red and black pepper that prevails in the first inch. I think you can tell that I really enjoy the hell out of this cigar and I’m betting that you will too. Draw: Smooth and easy. Draw: Clear. Today, with so many award-winning cigars in their stable, Alec Bradley has become a significant peer to the most time-honored brands, while retaining its boutique soul. Base flavors: Earth, oak, nuts, pepper, cocoa. Retrohale: Pepper and coffee grounds. This cigar actually has one of the best retrohales I’ve sensed in a while – catch it early, because that retro stiffens up with some ginger-like pepper as the smoke goes on. Burn is mostly even, revealing a firm grey ash. Retrohale: Black pepper. There were some visible veins, but any visible wrapper seams were on the t… I mean, I really forgot how good the original namesake is. Balance of flavors: Complex with a good balance of sweet and spicy. Cigar Reviews, $8 to $10 Range, 2019 Gatekeeper is the sophomore release from Alec & Bradley Cigars—a boutique-minded sub-brand under the Alec Bradley Cigar Co. umbrella that is spearheaded by Alec and Bradley Rubin. – Jared, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Robusto (5″ x 50, box-pressed) Strength: Full Wrapper: Honduran Trojés Corojo 2006 Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa) Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua. While it is medium in strength, the Coyol is absolutely full of rich flavor, garnering high review marks from many a Famous customer. This cigar should have been released earlier in the year, but Covid-19 prevented that. Mundial isn’t as strong as I’d like, but it certainly has secured its place in the Alec Bradley wheelhouse. Looking for a new smoke to rid you of the winter slump? After the initial light, there’s some canoeing, but it’s not extreme. There’s a lot of pepper here, especially through the nose, but it’s not a particularly strong cigar to my palate – and while that pepper would cause some to classify it as full, I would place it closer to the medium end of the medium-to-full category. Alec Bradley brand founder Alan Rubin is a sincere fella. The cigar is also tightly packed and heavy in the hand. If you want to give a top-25 stick a go, but torpedoes aren’t your thing, give the Black Market Esteli Robusto a shot. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. I also noticed that the Tempus Nicaragua’s strength joined the party a little late. Draw: Tight. If you like that, this cigar’s got your name on it. Summary: The Coyol farm in Honduras is a special place for Alec Bradley owner, Alan Rubin, and this cigar is named after the premium tobacco producing vega. Another plus: the Cruz has a sweet and toasty aroma, and lets off a mountain of creamy smoke. This is not Alec Bradley’s creamiest smoke, but the tart-sweet flavors are nice. – John, Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: Toro (6″ x 52) Strength: Medium-Full Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Binder: Nicaragua (Double Binder) Filler: Nicaragua (3 Regions). Aroma: Spicy and woody with a hint of cream. Alec & Bradley Kintsugi pays homage to the ancient Japanese artform of joining together ceramics with gold lacquer-making them even more beautiful. Construction and Overall Appearance: Solidly built with a beautifully tapered head. Summary: Cruz Real Maduro was crafted by Alec Bradley to be a budget option for Maduro fans. There’s a little pepper and spice at the start, but that Panamanian tobacco gives it a dark cherry-like sweetness that I just love. Draw: Very good. Draw: Smooth and consistent. Base flavors: Dark chocolate, black cherry. Summary: Alan Rubin’s mission when blending American Sun Grown was to use 100% sun grown tobaccos and bring it to the American cigar market. I love their marketing and I love the packaging of their sticks. Think dark chocolate-covered cherries. Lineage. Alec & Bradley Kintsugi. However, after meeting renowned master blender, Hendrik Kelner, in 1999 they went all-in together with their first release, Occidental Reserve cigars. Cold draw tells cedar, jammed plums and hay. A quarter of the way into the cigar and I’m sensing some changes. The cigar burns more quickly than I expected, lending itself to those who are looking for a quicker smoke. At about a half inch down, the burn line starts to become a bit inconsistent, but it isn’t a deal breaker (I expect this kind of thing from more budget-friendly cigars). Pre-light flavor: Creamy and spicy. Let’s see how one does on terra firma. Base flavors: Coffee, spice, wood, citrus fruit. 0. The last inches don’t deviate very much from the prior segment, but less experienced cigar smokers may find the final furlong a bit heady. Burn & Ash Quality: Nearly-white ash is a bit flaky, but smokes nice even with a wavy burn. Aroma: Dark wood. Construction and Overall Appearance: Projecting a look of freshly polished leather, the Mata Fina wrapper is mouthwatering in all its glistening, oily glory. For our Advisors’ Alec Bradley Guide, we’ve done a quick analysis of each of the AB lines currently available at Famous Smoke Shop; that’s 23 in all, and it took us the better part of a month to smoke them all and finalize our notes below. Draw: Very good, despite its solid packing. This Honduran-crafted beauty commands your taste bud’s attention with a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler that seriously pumps up the jam! Midway through, and the experience remains more or less as it was when I began, aside from mellowing out slightly. First few puffs: Peppery. I just want to love one of their cigars! – John, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Toro (6″ x 52) Strength: Medium – Full Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina Binder: Honduras Filler: Nicaragua, Colombia, Construction: Very well built Draw: A smooth pull each time Pre-light flavor: Very woody First Few Puffs: Woody Base flavors: Coffee, wood, cocoa Aroma: Lightly toasted aroma Burn & Ash Quality: Burns well with a solid gray ash Balance of flavors: Not overly complex, Summary: Well guys, have I got a sleeper for you. When you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. – Tommy Zman, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Punta Lanza No. Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Salted cashews. The cigar is seamlessly rolled with no soft spots, and finished with a well-applied twin seam cap. Retrohale: Pepper and wood. Cigar questions answered: more FREE wisdom from The Advisors! – Jared, Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: Robusto (5″ x 50) Strength: Medium Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua. Every day for 12 days straight you get the opportunity to win exclusive LGC SWAG. It's an ok stick, never an even burn, every cigar has a different flavor from mild to very peppery. Retrohale: Toasty and slightly sweet. Summary: A peppery smack gets this dark beauty off to a snappy start that rounds-off fairly quickly. The Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend will have a Nicaraguan core of Estelí and Condega filler tobaccos and a Jalapa binder, the same as found on the Alec Bradley American Classic. Balance of flavors: Sits on the spicy and peppery side. Properly categorized as full-bodied, it keeps that pace from foot to nub. We’re bringing back the 12 days of CigarMas! Balance of flavors: Woodiness and spices overshadowing a slight sweetness. It’s very toasty and creamy with a nice tasty zip from the Nicaraguan and Colombian inner blend. Customer Reviews of "Puck by Alec Bradley" 5 out of 5. There’s no complexity here, and I should stress that it may be a good thing, depending on your palate, as some smokers prefer things that way. A latecomer to the cigar boom the Alec Bradley brand was founded in 1996 then skyrocketed into one of the leading cigar makers in the world. Pre-light flavor: Woody, earthy, and slightly creamy. Toasting & Light:  The initial puff is quite strong with lots of pleasant, nutty smoke and pepper. Tempus Natural. Balance of flavors: Excellent. — Balance of flavors: Very good. – Tommy Zman, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Imperator (6 1/8″ x 52 Torpedo, Natural) Strength: Full Wrapper: Honduran Trojes Criollo (aged 7 years) Binder: Indonesia Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99 Ligero & Viso. The idea was to provide a low-cost alternative to similar, more expensive cigars without sacrificing quality or flavor. Pre-light flavor: Leathery and sweet with spices. You’ll find notes of coffee bean, wood, and a cocoa-like sweetness that is just so pleasant. The Alec Bradley Sun Grown is a true premium hand rolled cigar that’s offered at a ridiculously low price point, making it a top value at Famous. Beyond the midsection, the base flavors arrange themselves in more definitive order, but earth and charred oak dominate. This time, learn when to refill your humidifier, why bleeding your lighter matters, and more! This is the first line in Alec Bradley ’s Experimental Series. By the midsection the flavors are well-balanced and the fruity tang is more pronounced. From there, the smoking experience doesn’t deviate much more than it already has. First thing you’ll notice is the Tempus Nicaragua is firmly packed…actually, I have yet to find an AB cigar within these reviews that hasn’t met or exceeded my expectations on construction. Sometimes I’m looking for a cigar that’s ever-changing throughout but not necessarily inconsistent, and in that regard, Post Embargo doesn’t disappoint. Balance of flavors: Flavor beats out strength until just past halfway through the cigar. First Few Puffs: Very woody with a thin line of spice, plus dark roasted coffee beans. As I light the cigar, I instantly detect the telltale sweetness that should be accompanied by any Maduro wrapper. Taking a little extra time between puffs also helps keep the flavors integrated. Retrohale: Charred wood. Once your account is created, you'll be logged-in to this account. The Alec Bradley brand comes from the skilled hands of Alan Rubin, who uses a combination of patience and an eye for the right blend to create perfectly balanced and smooth cigars, which remain as such no matter how strong or subtle they may be. Balance of flavors: More medium than mellow, based on an uptick in flavor – not strong, but the flavors are a little fuller. Let’s try one out. March 27, 2017. Retrohale: Charred wood & spice. – Jared Gulick, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Robusto (5 ¼” x 52) Strength: Full Wrapper: Nicaraguan Hybrid  Binder: Sumatra Filler: Honduras, Panama. The calming effects of the dark and rich Project 40 Maduro are rewarding to enthusiasts, leading to relaxation and the feeling of being in control. Summary: An Alec Bradley homage to the year tobacco was first grown in Connecticut: 1633, hence “First Crop” on the band. There’s a honey and cocoa sweetness in the profile, with other complex notes of leather and spice. Amidst the pyroclastic eruption of creamy, nutty smoke, I find plenty of pepper, spices, and even a dash of java playing in perfect harmony. Construction: Firmly rolled. Base flavors: Pepper, cream and wood. Balance of flavors: More interesting than intense, with complexity winning over strength. About; Contact; Subscribe and Win! It just rolled along smoothly with plenty of rich taste. Toasting & Light: Hints of chocolate and spices, billowing smoke. Aroma: Sweet, almost chocolatey-malty. It was just what cigar smokers needed in a post-cigar boom market. All in all, I think it’s a decent smoke for the price, and it seems like a logical jumping point for anyone who wants to pull the trigger on a Maduro but doesn’t want to break the bank doing so. Well honestly I’m here to give the line another fair shot at making me a fan. Aroma: Toasty. Draw: Great, easy draw. – Tommy Zman, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Toro (6” x 52) Strength: Medium (listed Full) Wrapper: Honduran Maduro Binder: Nicaragua, Honduras Filler: Nicaragua. The interesting thing about the blend is its double binder of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos – the combo gives it some tanginess for a Connecticut wrapped cigar. Draw:  Perfect. A second band is also placed at the foot for protection and to identify this model as the “Natural” offering. Go for it. Summary: An instant favorite in the cigar community, this AB core line was launched over 7 years ago. The smoke also has good volume, density, and mouthfeel. Posted Retrohale: Pepper is the main takeaway. If you like a full, rich and spicy smoke, stick with the original Prensado that Gary reviewed above; but if you prefer, say, Tullamore D.E.W. Base flavors: Leather, wood, and cream. Wood, coffee, and a wonderful nuttiness lace the palate with a big mouthful of creamy white smoke upon every draw. Summary: Alan Rubin created Alec Bradley The Lineage as a labor of love and tribute to his two sons, Alec and Bradley, when they reached legal smoking age in 2014. Less than a minute to read First Few Puffs: Spicy and sweet. First few puffs: Peppery spice. Touches of tropical fruit also come through. 2. Cigar is well-packed and finished with a neat, triple seam cap. 2 Star. And those two factors, I think, make this hidden gem from AB worth a try. And if you fire this up with your morning coffee, I guarantee you’ll eliminate the carb-filled breakfast pastry and you’ll order up a box before you know it. There also were minimally no… I know what you all are thinking, here we go with another Alec Bradley review. Retrohale: Black pepper, but not overly sharp. 6. Draw: Smooth smooth smooth. Pre-light flavor: Slightly herbal. Is CAO Bones worth the buy? To me, this is a lazy, slow-smoking stick. Toasting the foot seems to set the tone as I’m provided with a healthy serving of spicy, nutty smoke. And if you’re already an Alec Bradley convert by way of others in this Guide, then consider this a good pick for a traditional start of your morning. This was a wrapper that did not have much in the way of oil on it. The flavors are full and well balanced as dense smoke cascades freely from the head and foot. Smoked 1/3 of the cigar before the damn thing fell off, and only ashed it once more after that. Very well balanced. Wrapper has a nice tawny blush that’s even in color throughout with a low vein quotient. The finish is less peppery in the latter stages, too, and you might just pick up a sliver of sweet tobacco buried in the mix. It is not my favorite Alec Bradley blend, and doesn’t compare with some of the current blends they are producing in Honduras, but it is better than a lot of the E.P. They add sweetness, spiciness, earthiness and strength. – Tommy Zman, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Toro (6” x 52) Strength: Medium Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade  Binder: Nicaragua, Honduras (Double Binder) Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Construction: Good construction, firm Draw: Draws smooth, lots of smoke  Pre-light flavor: Slightly floral First Few Puffs: Spicy Base flavors: Dark chocolate, pepper, licorice, nuts and spice Aroma: Sweet and toasty Burn & Ash Quality: A solid gray ash Balance of flavors: Straightforward flavors, Summary: While you won’t find this one under the Alec Bradley moniker, it’s made for AB in Honduras at Plasencia. For sure, this is an Alec Bradley made with the mellow smoker in mind… this AB was a slow n’ steady burn that I enjoyed with my coffee on a Friday. Jan 1, 2021, 4:59 AM. Entering the last third, the cigar segues to more defined flavors of earth and wood while a thin undercurrent of sweetness remains. Can they continue the magic? Summary: Shortly following an eye-opening pepper blast, The Fixx settles down to a smooth medium-plus smoke rife with earthy spice and espresso-like flavors. Alec Bradley Prensado Staff Review . By: RonRealTV, Dec 2, 2020, 6:00 PM Detailes of following lines have not yet been released. Burn & Ash Quality: The Connecticut burns with a pretty thick line, leaving a dark grey ash with a bit of flake. Upon closer examination, some mottling could be seen on the surface. Base flavors: Earth, hay and coffee. Base flavors: Nuts, coffee, cream, and spices. Even more impressive—this Toro smoked for three hours without a relight. The Project 40 Maduro uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Brazilian habano binder and Nicaraguan fillers, and is offered in three sizes: Project 40 Maduro […] The dark Habano wrapper is attractive, thick, even in color, and devoid of any prominent veins. Dec 13, 2020, 3:00 PM Some sweet spice bubbles just below the surface, while black pepper lingers on a long finish. Balance of flavors: Good. Tempus Nicaragua. Construction: Some color variations on an otherwise silky Connecticut wrapper; not perfect, but checks all the boxes for a well-made premium. The company’s earliest releases were not as successful as expected, and Alan and Ralph were finding it hard to make ends meet. Base flavors: Slight sweetness with cocoa, spices, and wood. The smoke gets creamier as the cigar progresses, with a barely-there, dry spice…then a bit of a breakthrough at 1/3, where I found pleasant tastes of tea and leather; don’t be surprised if you also detect a subtle sweetness. First Few Puffs: A tad spicy. Spicy is the main theme, but that’s to be expected from a Habano. All-in-all, the Prensado Robusto serves-up a profusion of rich, spicy flavors like a good bowl of Louisiana Gumbo. Construction: Firmly rolled. It seems that the brand is aptly titled, so let’s see how it smokes. Alec Bradley’s motto as a cigar company is simple. A toasty, burnt oak flavor arises, the coffee intensifies, and the smoke takes on more depth. Wrapper has an attractive caramel color and offers a slight whiff of chocolate. Founded by Alan Rubin and Ralph Montero at the tail end of the Cigar Boom 90s, Alec Bradley Cigars is named for Mr. Rubin’s sons, Alec and Bradley. Vitola: Robusto ; 5” x 52 ring gauge MSRP $8.00; Purchased at Burns Tobacconist; Background. Balance of flavors: Complex and extremely well-balanced. 4 out of 5. Burn & Ash Quality: Some flaking here and there but a very thin, consistent burn-line. Made at Kelner’s Occidental Factory in the Dominican Republic, Occidental Reserve was a bundle selection that offered cigar smokers very high-quality smoke at an affordable price. Black Market Esteli. The pepper eventually settles down after the first inch as some leathery notes and sweet spice enter the mix, but pepper remains on the long finish. Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Leathery. Black Market Esteli is one of those fleeting cigars that you can tell is going to be great from the first few puffs. It’s worthy. First few puffs: Sweet, right off the bat, with some earth and leathery elements. Wood and a bit of dried fruit tanginess last through to the end before a peaty smokiness is added, telling me it’s time to call it a day. The box pressing has more rounded corners. Toasting & Light: Notes of leather and spice. Summary: Now, I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t lit up a Black Market in a couple of years, especially since I’ve been smitten with the Black Market Esteli. Aroma: Sweet burnt wood, like that of a roaring fireplace. Aroma: Cocoa-ish. About two dozen Alec Bradley blends have been released to-date, and since its humble, boutique beginnings the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Tempus Nicaragua is a cigar that will wake you up in the morning or enhance your experience after enjoying a great meal.” I chose to make this my after-lunch smoke. Moving into the second act, the body is medium-plus, well-balanced, and produces plenty of dense smoke. New cigars AND accessories! #nowsmoking: Oliva Baptiste Maduro Robusto. Burn is even, revealing a very firm grey ash. Construction and Overall Appearance: Solidly built. From Cigar Aficionado: “A single farm in Honduras has … Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Sweet with a leathery note. All considered, it’s not going to make my favorites list, but I still think it’s worth a try. The Nica Puro is a sturdy, complex smoke, with more than enough flavor to get your attention and enough body to keep it. Balance of flavors: A good mix of sweetness and pepper throughout. Articulately rolled at the Raices Cubana factory in Honduras, the attention to detail and the beauty of the cigar is clear when you pick it up. Base flavors:  Earth, oak, coffee bean, cocoa, dried fruit, white pepper, Aroma: Earthy. It’s a dream I’m sure we all share as lovers of the leaf, so without further ado, let’s light one up and see how it fares. The Alec Bradley Project 40 06.52 is a Toro sized cigar with a Colorado Claro wrapper shade. The sweetness of a good bourbon brings out the flavors of this cigar. Rubin’s goal was to pay homage to that shape while simultaneously honoring the people who taught him the cigarmaking craft. Alec & Bradley Blind Faith. Cruz Real Maduro is listed as full-bodied, but I find it closer to the medium side of the spectrum. Base flavors: Crackers, earth and pepper. The Tempus Centuria scored a “classic” ’94’ rating in Cigar Insider and Aficionado, and later landed the #5 slot in Aficionado‘s “Top 25 Cigars of 2017.”, In 2010 lighting struck again with the release of Alec Bradley Prensado cigars. Alec Bradley Cigars cater to fans of boutique-style smokes with a vast range of blends, sizes, and flavor profiles crafted with the world’s best wrapper, binder and filler tobaccos. 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