I searched high and low to find some information on this new release. The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro is a limited edition produced in the Magistri size that I found in a recent trip to Philadelphia while at Holt’s on Walnut. The cigar was so good I had to bump up the review date to share with you all.
Cigar: Alec Bradley Tempus
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Magestri)
Binder: Trojes, Honduras Criollo ’98 – Indonesia Embetunada
Filler: Trojes, Honduras, Nicaragua
Appearance and Construction (19/20): A flawless dark maduro wrapper with virtually no veins and a ton of oils make this an attractive looking stick. The Magistri is a a well rolled diadema. There are no soft spots on this stick and there is a slight tooth to it. The over-sized band catches your eye on the shelf, which is a good thing to those new to the Bradley family of cigars.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight draw revealed some wonderfully rich tobacco notes, but nothing in the terms of flavor. As we light the cigar using a cedar strip for a change of pace the cigar offers notes of earth and coffee and I catch the occasional note of cinnamon that teases the senses. As we approach the second third the coffee notes are joined by some wonderful mocha notes that make this cigar shine. The final third of the cigar has notes of earth, coffee and semi sweet chocolate notes.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The burn in this cigar was a nice and slow and remained even throughout. The oils just poured off the cigar as it burned. The ash was a medium to dark gray that held on extremely well but became very flaky around the mid way point. The draw like most diademas started out a little tight but opened up as we got to the middle of the smoke.
Overall (23/25): There was a great question asked on Stogie Review the other day if you let a cigar that is rare alter the way you rate it or speak of it. I for one do. This cigar is a limited edition smoke that I wish was a year round release and in other sizes. The cigar definitely has a wow factor and I plan to snatch up a handful every time.