Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

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)
Wrapper: Maduro
Binder: Trojes, Honduras Criollo ’98 – Indonesia Embetunada
Filler: Trojes, Honduras, Nicaragua
Strength: Medium/Full

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.

Rating: 92
Price: $10.00

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  • Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review! I’m a big fan of the Tempus. I would love to get my hands on some of these!

  • Komodata

    Barry, I bought a box of these at my # 1 B&M (and killer Lounge – The Cigary in Wilmette, IL – ask for Mr. Bob or Aaron). Mr. Bob, Aaron, my godfather and I stood at the counter as I tore the wrapper off the box. Holding our breath, I opened the box and OMFG!! – We all thought that we were looking at a box of flawlessly nude Halle Berry’s wrapped in tobacco leaf!!! There are some gorgeous cigars out there, but I’ll be damn if these did not make me think of Halle Berry in the raw. We can now officially use the newest cigar metaphor when we think of a “flawless; oily; perfectly shaped vitola”. We shall call it “Halle Like”!!! Although your picture was a good one, I do not think a person can appreciate how utterly beautiful this cigar is in person.

    Ok, ok – so how did it taste? This is a PG site – so I will keep this review above board. Exotic? Spicy? Full Bodied? Smooth? ALL of the above and then some. My godfather and I claimed all of your cocoa/chocolate tasting notes, plus the one’s above plus a flavor hint we could not quite place until after we smoked it down to about 1/2 inch. Anise flavored tea perhaps? Not sure, but boy was it yummy. OK, I admit I was thinking about Halle in my descriptions, but I did keep the review “legal”.

    I can only imagine what 3-6-9 months of aging will do to this cigar. I’m willing to take the risk and not touch another one until the early Spring. I did NOT like the regular Tempus Magistri when it first came out – so much so that I have not had another one since first trying it. The Tempus Centuria is worth its given CA rating and I think this Magistri Maduro will also eventually earn a 90+ rating.

    So fellow BOTL, I urge you to order a box of these ASAP before they go out of circulation (remember, this is a limited edition release), pull out your copy of Swordfish, pour some Oban 18, light one of these puppies up and ENJOY!!

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