Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Family Blend

Alec bradley Family Blend

Alec Bradley Family Blend

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)
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Indonesia
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.

Rating: 90
Price: $7.00




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  • http://cigarreviews.wordpress.com/ Matthew

    Barry,

    Noticed a sting over the last couple reviews about your previous shop; care to share what happen?

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    My weekend links going up tmrw at 4pm or so will have a synopsis over what went down.

  • Mike – KnightRid

    Sounds like a nice smoke! I shall have to give them a try if I can find them locally.

    Mike

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    i chose not to take the events public. there will be no update to what went down. I know I was right, people who visit the shop have called me to tell me the owner is wrong. So i am leaving it at that.

  • Jim

    Chose not to take the event public? You had everything about what went down on Twitter? Doesn’t that count as going public?

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    Jim,

    Yeah I twitted the horrible unprofessional manner in which I and my friend were treated at the shop in question. If I treated anyone that way in any job I would be fired in an instant. However, I am not going to make a posting about said events. I’ll take my average of 250-300 a month spent to Fume.

    Barry

  • http://www.packmasters.net Matt Masters

    I just had the same size this past weekend. It started off wonderfully with nice mellow and delightful flavors. But it lost it’s “zing” probably half-way through. Just became bland and bitter. Same exact thing happend to my buddy too. Maybe the shop we got them at just got them in.

  • John Werner

    Hey like minded brothers! I am smoking my first Family Blend in the Toro size they added to the line. I loved the presentation: the box and the cigar itself. The cigar is a slightly mottled brown with matte finish and very fine veins and the smallest pigtail I’ve ever seen and the box looks almost like walnut with a satin finish. The pre-light smell is good with that earthy cocoa type aroma. All set.

    Immediately I was getting large amounts of smoke. The taste was good in spite of almost too much smoke. As I approached the 2nd third things took a decided downturn as it begain to taste a bit hot followed by some bitterness. I’m almost sure the culprit was the roll as the cigar was burning fast and lop-sided. Also the wrapper was fragile on the tip skinning itself back on a side revealing the wrapper. I corrected the burn and it happened again.

    I’m going to have to smoke a couple of these and see if this was a poor roll or if they all exhibit the same issues. When it started I liked the taste and I like the price, so I remain hopeful this stick was not rolled properly, or at least as good as is more common. Right now I can’t recommend the Toro profile.

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