I broke down and bought a netbook the other day so I could write reviews from the road and do research for my job. So far I love the unit but I feel like if I lean on it I will break it.
I first came across this cigar at Fume Cigars in Montclair, NJ which will be my new cigar home since they actually care about their customers. A review of the shop will be forthcoming…
According to the Alec Bradley website, “Alec Bradley Family Blend cigars were created expressly for the fathers of the company’s three principal executives, Alan Rubin (President), Ralph Montero (Vice President), and George Sosa (National Sales Director). Available in only one size, the cigars are rolled into a 50 x 5 ½ Robusto shape capped with a classic Cuban pigtail at the head. The cigars are presented in handsome chests of 50 cigars bearing the signatures of David Rubin, Miguel Montero and Reinaldo Sosa, respectively. The smoke is medium-bodied, creamy-smooth, and full-flavored with a marvelous aroma.”
Cigar: Alec Bradley Family Blend
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The Alec Bradley Family Blend is a nice looking cigar. There are a few medium sized veins that stand out on this stick and the pigtail cap provides a nice look. The cigar has no soft spots, but one can feel some stems under the wrapper. The band has the feel of a pinkie ring, and to be honest I am not sure why.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prelight draw reveals notes of earth and a creaminess to it. The foot is pretty much non-descript. The first third of the cigar has some notes of smooth leather and nuts. The second third of the cigar the leather notes are joined by some distinct wood notes which seems to be the common thread of Alec Bradley cigars. The final third of the cigar has notes of leather and a faint wood mixed with nuts.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): I’ve smoked four of these beauties over the last four days, and only the last sample has a slight burn issue that need a quick touch up. The ash is strong but a little dark in color. The draw offered a nice slight resistance.
Overall (22/25): While the other cigars in the Alec Bradley family tend to be more flavorful, this cigar is a very good if not a great every day smoke. The price is right and the price listed below includes sales tax and tobacco tax in the state of NJ.