Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado

Today’s cigar comes from the boys at Ashes Tobacconist. The store recently changes owners and is becoming a great cigar shop once again. The Alec Bradley Prensado is a new stick that debuted at the IPCPR this year. Alec Bradley has really grown in the cigar world with their Tempus and SCR lines, the question that has to be answered is does the Prensado meet up to the standards set by the cigars before it. The cigar comes in five sizes Corona Gorda, Robusto, Churchill, Gran Toro, and Torpedo.

Cigar: Alec Bradley Prensado
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Honduras Corojo ‘06
Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Strength: Medium/Full

Appearance and Construction (18/20): The Prensado cigar is slight box pressed and the Corojo wrapper has a major vein and some flaws to it. The cigar is well rolled and features a gorgeous triple cap. The over-sized cigar band has notes of white, red, aqua and gold and it almost has a feel of India to it. The cigar has no soft spots however the foot of the cigar is slightly spongy. An interesting item of note is that the foot of the cigar reveals a marble effect where you can see the different tobacco used in the filler which gives you an interesting insight into the blending of this stick.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): The common note I get from Alec Bradley cigars is notes of cedar and that is the case here before lighting the cigar. The foot of the cigar reveals a nice sweet cedar note while the draw of the cigar offers the same in a toned down sense. The first third of the cigar starts off nice and mild with some pleasant cedar notes. As the cigar progresses one becomes aware of a slight black pepper especially through the nose. As the cigar enters the second third of the smoke, the pepper notes remain with some coffee and wood notes being at the forefront. The final third of the cigar offers some cocoa notes and cedar.

Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The cigar started off with a pretty ugly looking burn but I held off touching it up and the cigar corrected itself. It smoked even all the way through and the ash had a zebra effect which also shows off the blending of this cigar. It held on very well with no flake at all. The draw was perfect with a slight resistance.

Overall (22/25): I’ve now smoked 3 of these sticks and to be honest the first one I smoked I disliked a lot. I personally thought the run of great Alec Bradley cigars came to an end. I decided to pick one up again at Holts and I liked it better then my first so when I was gifted this cigar I decided to review it. The saying the 3rd time’s a charm rings true with this cigar as I definitely enjoyed it where I plan to pick up some more in the near future.

Rating: 90
Price: $10.00

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  • Rustmeister

    Haven’t tried any Alec Bradley yet, but I plan to take care of that in the near future. =)

  • Matthew

    Good stuff Barry; I’ve heard some positive info on the Prensado but I haven’t had much AB experience.

  • DJ

    Nice write-up.

  • Chas

    I enjoyed this cigar-kept wanting to go out though and draw was a tad bit strained. I look forward to trying another, smoked the corona I believe. Tempus still my favorite AB-nice review big B!

  • Oamaman

    I have one of these waiting to be smoked, hopefully it will be one of the good ones.

  • DJ

    Cedar, pepper, coffee, wood. This seems a rather standard profile. Not knocking it, but aren’t there a plethora of similar (but cheaper) alternatives? What would you assign as a QPR on this?

  • Agent 86

    I haven’t had many Alec Bradley’s, just a Maxx and a cheap one that came in three wrapper types (wish my stores would get those back they were the best $3 sticks I’ve ever had.). This one seems more like a miss though. Sounds like there are cheaper sticks that would offer better bang for the buck.

  • Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review! I’ve tried a few cigars in the Alec Bradley line and really enjoy the Tempus. I may give this a try at the right price.

  • DJ

    “Right price” seems a theme here…

  • Barry

    While I agree there is a price point issue on this cigar there is a difference between it and a 4.00 smoke with the same notes. The cigar is better aged and the tobacco is of a higher quality.

    Usually there is a difference between the the price points that don’t always make it into the review.

  • DJ

    Agreed. That’s why I like the “value” or QPR ratings.

    This review made me hungry, BTW.

  • John Brooke – The Weekly Cigar

    I can’t wait to try this cigar. I have a few sitting in my humidor, ready for review.

  • FC

    Nice review. I am smoking one right now and it is somewhat lighter than I expected. Can’t detect many distinct flavors besides cocoa. I am drinking a bourbon with it which is an ok match. Kinda expensive though, agreed.

  • Keith1911

    Thanks for the review. Looks like one I’ll maybe pick up.

  • DJ

    Cocoa. Bourbon. mmm…

  • BradinBuffalo

    mmmm, I really enjoy these smokes….

  • DJ

    Ten bucks. I gotta track one of these down.

  • Denny g

    Thanks for the review Barry. I am smoking thus cigar as a write this.
    On the initial light, I almost put it out. I am REALLY glad I didn’t !!! This is a excellent smoke. I have had it in the humidor for about 4 months and I have had no burn issues of any kind. It’s smooth with lots of flavor. I have to say this and the SCR’s are now my go to smokes. Long live Alec Bradley . !!

  • Matt

    So far I’ve smoked the Harvest Selection (decent) and the Tempus (outstanding). Have a couple of Maxx’s aging, and an SCR I’m eyeing. I got some Prensados along with Tempus, Family Blend, and others in a sampler today, and I’m itching to try them all. Patience is a virtue, though.

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  • Larry Rothfork da man! But I digress. I just got a few of these “Prensado’s”. It’s one thing to read your review on line, but it’s a whole nuther ballgame to print it out and read it while enjoying the smoke right along with you and compare notes. MAGNIFICO!

  • Larry Rothfork da man! But I digress. I just got a few of these “Prensado’s”. It’s one thing to read your review on line, but it’s a whole nuther ballgame to print it out and read it while enjoying the smoke right along with you and compare notes. MAGNIFICO!

  • Lpbigdog

    I had not tried thiS particular Alec Bradley until the top 25 came out and a noted that it rated #1. I was not disappointed and have enjoyed each of the 6 Prensados that I have smoked. When looking at the cigar I expected a fuller taste and was somewhat surprised yet pleased with the initial creaminess. A beautiful draw throughout and I am hooked. I do not always agree with the top 25 list and this is not my all tome favorite but the more I smoke them, they are inching toward my personal top 5. Very nice overall cigar.

  • Sandyw3

    Agree with your review. Same issue with burn I did correct should have waited I guess. Enjoyed the spice at beginning.

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