Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
I have been on a mission for some time now to find an Alec Bradley cigar that I really like. Several people have told me to look into this one. So when I went up to The Smoking Dog Friday night, the owner got in a few samples. She wasn’t completely sure what these were like, so she asked me to see what I thought on it. I figured it was a great time to see if it was the one I would like.
This cigar appears to be flawless. The wrapper is a chocolate shade of brown and very smooth. There is a nice oily sheen to the stick as well. The wrapper has a couple very thin veins. The stick is a very solid box press. Usually with box pressed cigars, they are softer. Not this one. The cap is perfectly flush. This stick gives off a sweet and earthy smell. The cigar cut clean and lit very easily.
The flavor was very spicy right off of the light. The spice quickly mellowed out and gave way to some strong earth tones. Once the earthy tones came out, there was a good amount of oak that came out. There were also some sweet hints of chocolate. The combination of oak and chocolate sat on the tongue. There was also a little bit of leather that built up on my palate.
Right around the half way point, there were some mild coffee notes that I was picking up. The spice also picked up a little bit. The oak flavor became very strong and was a nice compliment to the spice. Now instead of a combination of oak and chocolate on my tongue, now it is oak and spice. The sweetness is more robust, but now too strong. The finish was great because all of the flavors were there in some way.
The ash was a darker shade of gray with a slight brown tint to it. The ash was also a little flakey and held on for about two inches. The burn was very wavy and required a few touch-ups. The draw was easy throughout the entire cigar and produced a great amount of thick white smoke. The smoke gave off a slightly spicy aroma.
This is the best Alec Bradley I have had to date. I would definitely have this cigar in my humidor again. No I just have to wait until my local store starts carrying them. I give this cigar an 8.25 out of 10.
Zack the Stogie Man