Cigar Review: Alec Bradley New York
I write this review sitting in my freezing apartment. About 6 weeks ago my building was sold to new owners who have been far less then generous with the heat. The thermometer on my desk says the room is currently 59 degrees. My fingers are cold and despite wearing socks and shoes so are my toes. I have to wonder if this is some sort of plan of the new owners. It seems prior to them buying the building the old ownership did not rent out new apartments, and at last count there were about 7 empty apartments out of 96. Well once the sale was completed the empty apartments remained and no effort has been made to rent them.
Such is the life in New York. 75% tobacco taxes and having to fight for heat on a 27 degree night. Well at least the cigar companies are looking to help retailers. I say retailers because the cigars being released that are specific to New York are for the retailer. It gives them something to sell that can’t be bought online. However it does nothing for the consumer because the prices don’t give us a cheaper option, it just gives us another option. Personally I do not have a problem with that, but if you want to help the consumer come out with a good $8.00 cigar.
Anyway, the Alec Bradley New York is available in the following sizes:
- Six Two (Robusto) 5 1/4 x 52
- Empire (Toro) 6 x 54
- Liberty (Churchill) 7 x 50
- Gotham (Torpedo) 6 1/8 x 54
- Declaration (Gran Toro) 6 x 58
Cigar: Alec Bradley New York
Size: 5 1/4 x 52 (Six Two/Robusto)
Wrapper: Criollo ’98
Binder: Criollo ’98
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
Appearance and Construction: The first thing that caught my eye was the band with its stylish simplicity and rich elegance that makes a powerful retro statement that left me with a sense of New York pride. The Criollo ’98 wrapper that adorns this Six Two has some significant veins especially near the foot. There is some tooth present as well and an abundance of oils. In my cold hands the cigar has a slight sponginess to it with no soft spots. The cigar feels well balanced and has a nice weight to it.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar prior to clipping the cap offers up some nice maple notes and rich tobacco. I opted for a hole punch this evening on what is about my 8th AB-NY smoked and the pre-light draw offers up some wood, raisin and a sweetness. Once the cigar is lit it takes me a minute or two to find the notes of the first third which consist of a slight spice, wood and nuts. The second third of the cigar the spice really begins to develop into a nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a nice caramel sweetness that teases as well from time to time. The final third of the cigar becomes slightly bitter with notes of leather but there is still some sweetness remaining on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I think one thing I really took out of my trip to the Dominican Republic and the Jose Blanco seminar I took at the La Aurora factory was noting the aroma of the cigar. There was some really sweet aroma to the nose with this cigar that was even more enjoyable then then smoke. The burn line was a little bit jagged but never got out of hand. In the final third I had to relight it twice despite puffing away at a normal pace. The ash was dark and fairly strong and the cap held up well with the hole punch.
Conclusion: This is a really good cigar I just don’t get the price point aspect of it and that makes me reach for other cigars in the New York humidors first. I will add the first time I smoked the cigar I was less then impressed, but i put a few in my humidor and after some resting time they dramatically improved so I can only wonder how well these will age. I would buy these again for sure, but they aren’t in my top 5 choices.
Disclaimer: I received some samples of this smoke in the Robusto format from Alec Bradley and used those samples to formulate this review. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.