Get your tweezers out – you won’t want to waste a millimeter. All you have to do is review a Punch Cigar and you'll be eligible. Burn is even, exposing a very firm light grey & black marbled ash. And once it’s there, the heat lingers on the inside of your cheeks. Well into the first act, the cigar segues to a full-throttle mash-up of earth, espresso, and charry oak flavors, but letting it rest longer between puffs takes some pressure off the cigar’s potency. First few puffs: Earthy, peppery. 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. Burn & Ash Quality: Thick, mostly even burn leaves a chunky ash. That same year they release d their first cigar, Alec & Bradley B lind Faith . LGC SOCIETY MEMBERS! Alec Bradley’s motto as a cigar company is simple. Draw: Smooth smooth smooth. Pre-light flavor: Slightly herbal. A nice rum will make this a night to remember. 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. Therefore, cigar smokers who enjoy those blends will appreciate this cigar – especially after a big meal. 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. All new Kintsugi by Alec & Bradley See the cigar. Aroma: Spicy and slightly nutty. Summary: Alec Bradley Mundial is said to have taken Alan Rubin six years to create. Flavors seem to mellow a hair about a third of the way down and my palate is sensing a creamier smoke. – John Pullo, Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: Robusto (5” x 50) Strength: Medium Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut Shade Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua. 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. Construction: Very well rolled like all AB’s. Once it settles in, some sweeter and more savory flavors begin to appear; there’s also a citrus zest that slowly dials up for about half the smoke, before it gives up its spot to let some pepper in. The smoke also has good volume, density, and mouthfeel. Balance of flavors: Excellent. Construction: Smooth Honduran wrapper, lightly golden-brown wrapper, well-placed cap, expertly rolled. Balance of flavors: Good balance with straight-forward flavors. What’s better than new cigars? Construction: Veiny wrapper with consistent golden-brown coloring, with a well-crafted foot and a properly-placed cap. Rubin’s mantra for Alec Bradley Project 40 is ‘Take control of your happiness’. Burn is even exposing a very firm light grey ash. Balance of flavors: Complex and extremely well-balanced. Balance of flavors: Very good. This one has what looks like 18 caps, each of them perfectly applied (actually, it’s only 3 – it’s impressively built). The presence of cashews fades, and I’m left with a leathery sweetness, slight hints of citrus, and a pinch of earth that’s mellowed out a hair, but the pepper is still there. 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. What I noticed immediately: even though this is a Connecticut, it has less than the usual “Connecticut-ness” – meaning less harsh, less dry. Project 40 Maduro. 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. Aroma: Toasty, with a faint caramel sweetness. Carrillo blends that the company is making for themselves. #cigars #RonRealTV #AlecBradleyCigars #BlackLionLuxuries. Available Fall 2020. Pre-light flavor: Spicy with some tingling on the tongue. Draw: Very good. March 27, 2017. Magic Toast. Construction: Very dark brown, oily wrapper, nearly invisible cap line. The maduro version of Alec Bradley’s Project 40 line is on its way to store shelves, as today the company announced that it has begun shipping the cigars to retailers. Aroma: Woody and sweet floral. Balance of flavors: Nica Puro leans hard on the core flavors, being more flavorful than it is strong…until the end. To me, this is a lazy, slow-smoking stick. It is also offered at a very reasonable price point ranging from $6-$7. Summary: I would place the Tempus line as “the gateway” to Alec Bradley’s full-bodied selections. The initial puffs are mostly earthy and peppery. 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, coffee bean, cocoa, dried fruit, white pepper, Aroma: Earthy. Burn & Ash Quality: Razor sharp. By the end of this section the draw loosened-up, easing the strength and pepper while allowing some additional sweetness to squeeze-in. – 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). Alec & Bradley Kintsugi Cigar Release It’s very tough to follow in your father’s footsteps, especially if your father is Alec Bradley’s owner Alan Rubin. Today we take a look at the Alec Bradley Magic Toast. Aroma: Nutty and earthy. Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Leathery. They add sweetness, spiciness, earthiness and strength. I mean, I really forgot how good the original namesake is. Can they continue the magic? Shops (full site) Cuban Reviews Index ; Non-Cuban Reviews Index; Full Searchable Index; Advertising; Merchandise; Categories › Alec Bradley. Construction look and feel is good as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll on the looser side but it is uniformed and head with a well wrapped cap. 3 Star. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Burn / Ash Quality:  Excellent. Balance of flavors: Good. 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. Base flavors: Earth, pepper, leather, sweet spice. Toasting & Light: Notes of toast and creaminess in the smoke. Aroma: Dark wood. Scroll. Draw: Smooth and easy. 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. Draw: Consistent, easy draw. Summary: As you’ve heard, AB’s award-winning Prensado blend was “tweaked” to create the Prensado Lost Art: though the box press remains, their signature Trojes wrapper is gone, replaced here with a more “straightforward” Corojo wrapper. I’m going to take the Robusto for a ride and see how it stacks up. I came across t… – 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. Retrohale: Toasty and slightly sweet. You’ll find notes of coffee bean, wood, and a cocoa-like sweetness that is just so pleasant. What hasn’t changed is that Alec Bradley has put together another meticulously-crafted cigar. – Jared, Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: Robusto (5″ x 50) Strength: Medium Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua. Balance of flavors: Well balanced with tinges of cream that play nicely with spices, nuts, and coffee. Getting Alec Bradley cigars into the market was no easy ride for founder Alan Rubin. Burn / Ash Quality:  Very good. Mundial isn’t as strong as I’d like, but it certainly has secured its place in the Alec Bradley wheelhouse. After the first half inch, the cigar’s flavor profile really starts to take shape as hints of leather and sweet cream begin to emerge. If you’re a fan of the sweeter side of Nicaraguan tobacco, here’s where you pull the handle. — As Alan Rubin says, “I could sit here and tell you things like, ‘our brand is synonymous with quality’ and ‘we make the best cigars,’ etcetera, but the reality is that we just want to make cigars that people can enjoy.”. The draw is smooth but not too easy, and the retro effectively delivers ample shots of pepper. Lineage. Write A Review. Showing 1-8 of 14 Reviews sort by 3 out of 5 Not the greatest. – Tommy Zman, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Toro (6” x 52) Strength: Medium (listed Full) Wrapper: Honduran Maduro Binder: Nicaragua, Honduras Filler: Nicaragua. A subsidiary of Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Alec & Bradley C igars was founded by the brothers in 2018. There’s a slight nip of pepper on the finish, but the base notes at this early juncture are mostly sweet, spicy and earthy. Aroma: Slight sweetness with leather and earth. Base flavors: Earth, hay and coffee. The company’s earliest releases were not as successful as expected, and Alan and Ralph were finding it hard to make ends meet. Project 40 . Go for it. 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. In closing, I’ll admit that I was pretty impressed overall. 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. 6. Base flavors: Dark chocolate, black cherry. Toasting the foot seems to set the tone as I’m provided with a healthy serving of spicy, nutty smoke. Draw: Great, easy draw. Retrohale: Pepper and wood. Summary: A peppery smack gets this dark beauty off to a snappy start that rounds-off fairly quickly. Alec & Bradley Kintsugi pays homage to the ancient Japanese artform of joining together ceramics with gold lacquer-making them even more beautiful. Alec Bradley Prensado Staff Review . Retrohale: Peppery and spicy. Reviews are subjective and palates are different, but we’re pretty sure that these quick looks will give you a basic idea of how each cigar performed, and whether it’s your kind of smoke. — But both Alec and Bradley Rubin took that phrase as a challenge to not be on the same level as their father, but better than their father. Vitola: Robusto ; 5” x 52 ring gauge MSRP $8.00; Purchased at Burns Tobacconist; Background. But, I’m not kidding, just a few puffs in and I was kicking myself for my egregious mistake. I love their marketing and I love the packaging of their sticks. Most of us can only take one or two beach trips a year if we’re lucky, but with the new Alec Bradley Caribbean Cask Cigars, you can enjoy the tastes of paradise every day. 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. Alec Bradley brand founder Alan Rubin is a sincere fella. A second band is also placed at the foot for protection and to identify this model as the “Natural” offering. 5 Star. PROJECT 40 Rated of 93 by Cigar Aficionado See the cigar. The Alec Bradley Prensado won the 2011 #1 spot in Cigar Aficionado Magazine skyrocketing the company's brand into contention with other world-renowned cigars. 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. Burn is mostly even, revealing a firm grey ash. Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Leathery and lightly spicy. Cigar is well-packed and finished with a neat, triple seam cap. This is not Alec Bradley’s creamiest smoke, but the tart-sweet flavors are nice. And then there’s that delectable flavor profile of cedar, nuts, a touch of spice and sweet creaminess. When it’s time to ramp down on the strength a bit, but enjoy some nice full flavor, this one delivers the goodness. First off, that oily Nicaraguan wrapper is some serious reddish brown eye candy, and the cigar feels quite solid in your hands. I was going to one of my local B&M’s to pick up some Xikar butane for my new lighter and I figured I might as well see what he had that peaked my interest. We discuss that, flavor profile, and more in this in-depth video and written review of the CAO Bones Blind Hughie. Base flavors: Crackers, earth and pepper. Suffice it to say, MAXX The Fixx is not for the squeamish, but those who like spicy, high-octane cigars will find it right in their wheelhouse. It’s interesting to add that Mundial cigars once made their way into the stratosphere via weather balloon. Smoked 1/3 of the cigar before the damn thing fell off, and only ashed it once more after that. I paired it after dinner with a Balvenie 12 year-old Doublewood Scotch and I didn’t want to move from my patio for hours. The Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill cigar wis manufactured by hand in the Raices Cabanas Factory in Danli, Honduras.Since being awarded Cigar Aficionado Cigar Of The Year for 2011, this gem has become one of the most highly sought-after premium cigars on the market.Alec Bradley Prensado cigars are the first traditional box-pressed cigar that Alec Bradley has released. About; Contact; Subscribe and Win! The idea here was “more flavor, more balance, and more power.” The timing was good, too, since the trend was moving toward bigger and stronger cigars. Construction: Firmly rolled. Black Market Esteli is one of those fleeting cigars that you can tell is going to be great from the first few puffs. The torpedo size recently secured the #9 spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2018. A toasty, burnt oak flavor arises, the coffee intensifies, and the smoke takes on more depth. Taking a little extra time between puffs also helps keep the flavors integrated. Burn & Ash Quality: The ash holds up for about an inch or two before falling off; one or two relights were needed but otherwise burns consistently. The flavors are full and well balanced as dense smoke cascades freely from the head and foot. Summary: From the outset, this Alec Bradley Connecticut smokes with that dry, bitter “Connecticut taste.” The hay and barnyard flavors tighten up into a straight wood taste, and some of that dry edginess comes off about half an inch in; a little bit of pepper now and again keeps it interesting. This is the first line in Alec Bradley ’s Experimental Series. Burn & Ash Quality: Burns well with a solid ash. Retrohale: Pepper and coffee grounds. The 1633 doesn’t give off a ton of smoke while it’s resting, but taking a pull rewards you with fat rips of thick, cool smoke that cross the tongue with a touch of pepper. The dark Habano wrapper is attractive, thick, even in color, and devoid of any prominent veins. Then, in 2006 Alec Bradley debuted an all wide ring selection appropriately named MAXX. Summary: An Alec Bradley homage to the year tobacco was first grown in Connecticut: 1633, hence “First Crop” on the band. The level of spiciness is just right –, not an oversight and not overpowering. 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. Every day for 12 days straight you get the opportunity to win exclusive LGC SWAG. Alan Rubin, the founder of Alec Bradley, is a cigar industry survivor, having entered the business in 1997, as tough a year as any in recent memory. There’s a slight spiciness that accompanies each retrohale, and I find that it’s better to hold back and smoke the cigar a bit more slowly than I normally would. Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Toro (6″ x 52) Strength: Full Wrapper: Brazil (Habano seed) Binder: Costa Rica Filler: Honduran Jamastran, Nicaraguan Jalapa & Estelí. MAXX. Base flavors: Wood, leather, coffee, pepper. Any visible veins were on the thin side. Retrohale: YOWZA! First few puffs: Earthy and somewhat nutty, with a peppery finish. (This sample went a little off-track in the final inches, but wasn’t a major issue.) Dec 26, 2020, 4:59 AM. Moving into the second act, the body is medium-plus, well-balanced, and produces plenty of dense smoke. I’d recommend it as a proper after-dinner smoke. By the final third, earth, oak, and coffee lie at the core complemented by a ribbon of dried fruit and cocoa. This Honduran-crafted beauty commands your taste bud’s attention with a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler that seriously pumps up the jam! This is a damned good smoke and I have now corrected my errant ways. 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. The cigar briefly ventures into full-strength territory as the pepper continues to dominate the finish. Summary: This cigar leads with a savory sweetness right out of the gate. – Jared, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Robusto (5 1/4” x 52) Strength: Medium Wrapper: Honduras Trojes Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua. 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. By: RonRealTV, Dec 2, 2020, 6:00 PM 1 Star . 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. Aroma: Toasty & sweet. One key factor to this cigar’s success was letting it rest a bit longer in the ashtray between draws. Base flavors: Nuts, coffee, cream, and spices. Alec Bradley Magic Toast was a well constructed cigar, as you would expect from the famed Raíces Cubanas factory. Don’t blaze it – enjoy it, because the Nica Puro ramps up in strength right towards the end…so smoking it at a full gallop will only serve to punish you. Highly consistent, the smoke continues to issue sweet spice into the second act, as the pepper exits from the finish. If you like a cigar that blossoms around halfway – that “sweet spot” that people talk about – then amps up the intensity, I expect that you’ll have that kind of experience from the Tempus Nicaragua. This time, learn when to refill your humidifier, why bleeding your lighter matters, and more! Base flavors: Pepper, cream and wood. Retrohale: Black pepper. Aroma: Sweet, almost chocolatey-malty. First Few Puffs: Creamy. Summary: Alec Bradley Post Embargo plays as a love letter to the tenuous relations between the U.S. and Cuba in hopes that one day, we’ll be able to see Cuban cigars in the U.S. cigar market. First Few Puffs: A tad spicy. Traversing the tobacco landscape like smoke-shrouded Avengers, they wander (mostly because the fat one ate the map) in search of new leaf adventures armed with nothing but torch lighters and runcible spoons as their weapons. Black Market. From there, the smoking experience doesn’t deviate much more than it already has. The cigar is also tightly packed and heavy in the hand. Burn & Ash Quality: Tight, even burn leaves behind a solid ash that holds on like a champ. Actually, there are a number of big differences between the original and this new Prensado 2.0: the most noticeable changes in the Prensado Lost Art are the amount of earth (a ton), roasted coffee (aplenty) and wood (heaps). Burn / Ash Quality:  Very good. The Honduran wrapper of the Alex Bradley Magic Toast Robusto had a dark roasted espresso color to it. We will smoke it, and find out if so. Base flavors: Black pepper, earth, black coffee, oak, sweet spice. The achievement helped grow the company at a rate it was not prepared for. 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. Draw: Clear. Pre-light flavor: Coffee bean. At the halfway mark, I’m getting strong hints of cedar and even a pinch of almond. Summary: More from Alan Rubin: “With Tempus Nicaragua, I created a stout cigar, well-balanced and flavorful – something an enthusiast would take the time to enjoy and remember. Rubin’s goal was to pay homage to that shape while simultaneously honoring the people who taught him the cigarmaking craft. Balance of flavors: Excellent. Draw: Easy pull. CA Review Panel: CAO Bones Cigar Review (Video), CA Report: Top New Cigars & Accessories (May 25 2020), Fan Mail: The Advisors Answer Your Cigar Questions. Touches of tropical fruit also come through. Nosing the wrapper has a mix of cedar and plums. This cigar should have been released earlier in the year, but Covid-19 prevented that. Average Customer Review: 4.10 12,899 Reviews Since the early 2000s, brand owner Alan Rubin and his Alec Bradley Cigar Company have attained legendary status among premium cigar smokers by producing one top rated blend after another. – Tommy Zman, Country of Origin: Honduras Size: Punta Lanza No. 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. Tempus Nicaragua. Burn / Ash Quality:  Very good. Balance of flavors: Very good. 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. Tempus Natural. 2. Wrapper is well-stretched, with barely visible seams and a nice shine. Toasting & Light: Peppery with a slightly sweet aroma. Base flavors: Coffee, spice, wood, citrus fruit. 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. Cigars, like the gold lacquer, are a bonding agent- bringing people from all walks of life together. The Alec Bradley Cigars Back Story 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. 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. Well honestly I’m here to give the line another fair shot at making me a fan. Alec & Bradley Kintsugi cigars were created to celebrate camaraderie. It exhibited a creaminess that I didn’t expect from a Habano, especially being sun grown for that matter, and the surprise was welcomed. 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. Top New Cigars has them all – click here to check them out now! The smooth wrapper also had a light coating of oil on it. Construction and Overall Appearance: Well-made and solidly packed. Shortly after, the flavors caramelize into a well-rounded mix of earth, black coffee, and oak, as black pepper lingers on a long finish. Summary: This Toro is very solidly built and has some nice weight to it. Draw: Smooth and consistent. The ambitious Alec Bradley Trilogy cigars, a groundbreaking release of triangular-shaped cigars followed in 2002. Retrohale: Peppery yet still smooth. Draw: Good draw, could be a smidge better. Balance of flavors: More interesting than intense, with complexity winning over strength. 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