This past week I was lucky enough to get some samples from Alec Bradley Cigars to review for acigarsmoker.com. The Alec Bradley SCR comes in 5 sizes, a corona (5.5 x 42), robusto (5 x 50), churchill (7 x 48), torpedo (6 1/8 x 52) , and a gran robusto (5.5 x 60). This cigar is a highly anticipated release and I couldn’t wait to smoke them. I went through all my samples in a 24 hour period.
Cigar: Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Honduran Trojes
Filler: Honduras, Nicaraguan
Appearance and Construction (19/20): The stick features a gorgeous looking wrapper that has some veins but nothing that stands out. The seams are hard to find on this well rolled cigar that has a little bit of tooth and a triple cap. The over sized band of the cigar sports the letters SCR in the middle with red, silvre, amber and olive mixed throughout. The cigar sports a band on the foot that denotes the SCR stands for Select Cabinet Reserve. This cigar is one amazing looking robusto.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight draw has some fruity notes that remind me of a dried apricot and borders on ginger. As I light this most anticipated smoke my the first third is a slice of heaven. The first has some wonderfully rich coffee notes with something that reminds me of graham crackers and a touch of chocolate. As we cross into the 2nd third of this amazing cigar the coffee notes give way to a rich creamy chocolate with a slight spice that gently caresses the palate and dances through the nose. The final third of the cigar begins with notes of mocha and cinnamon spice. The cigar has a nice coffee finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar has a nice burn with only the slightest jagged edge to it. The ash is dark in color but has no flake to it and holds for inches at a time. The draw is impeccable and offers just a slight resistance.
Overall (23/25): The samples I smoked were both outstanding. This cigar is a home run, and what I like best about it is how it stands alone. It doesn’t try to be the Tempus in any way shape or form and it is a nice new smoke from Alec Bradley. This cigar will be a staple in a humidor for a long time to come.