Cigar Review: 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
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.
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