Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

Alec Bradley Prensado #1

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $11 each

Given the high honor of Cigar Aficionado’s 2011 #1 Cigar of the Year, the Alec Bradley Prensado line could easily be considered an “overlooked” brand until the beginning of 2012. No, I certainly do not agree with most of the C.A. Top 25 choices however every now and then they do strike a gem (but don’t rate it high enough). However, I can actually say I was pretty excited to get this long Churchill lit up. Let’s see how she did…

A little back history on the Alec Bradley brand. Formed in 1996, the Alec Bradley Cigar Company is named after owner Alan Rubin’s two sons, Alec and Bradley. The Prensado brand hit the markets in 2009, just two years after the infamous Tempus line. The cigars are rolled at the Raices Cubanas Factory in Danlí, Honduras and are available in six different vitolas all packaged in boxes of 20.

On to the review…

Alec Bradley Prensado #2

The pre-light ritual for the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill showed a solid performance. The wrapper had a wonderful dark chocolate color to it however was coupled with large veins throughout. The cigar did have a semi box press to it and no soft spots were detected on the stick. Cap is a tad lumpy on the top however applied nicely around the seams. Smell is of an old cedar chest, touches of cocoa, and a slight barnyard aspect. The cold tight draw was interesting with tobacco, fruity plum notes.

Pre-light score: 8 pts.

Alec Bradley Prensado #3

The Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill opened with a wonderful old antique book aroma and was accompanied by a great full bodied smoke however very quickly settled into the mild/medium bodied range.

Alec Bradley Prensado #4

The opening first third tastes were somewhat earthy but mostly bland and non-detectable. Ash was a dirty dark gray and black with an overall amber hue. Burn was somewhat wavy but not terrible. Near the end of the first third the cigar ash began to flower.

Alec Bradley Prensado #5

Moving into the second third the taste department was more of the same… nothing. I was trying and struggling to find and pinpoint something in the cigar but there was just nothing! The aroma was somewhat decent but still not enough alone to hold up what we classify as a good smoking experience. In fact, after 1 hour and 15 minutes of smoking this cigar I just put it down. Such a disappointment…

Smoking score: 4 pts.

Alec Bradley Prensado #6

My final thoughts on the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill’s are not good. In fact, I’m very disgraced that anybody, especially Cigar Aficionado, would rate this as their #1 Cigar of the Year. This thing is not even close to being smoke-able in my terms. The taste can be summed up as non-existent, the aroma decent, aesthetics nice, and the price high. I can assure you I will not be purchasing anymore of these EVER and wish you will take my advice and not waste your time or money on this smoke.

Overall Experience score: 3 pts.

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill Rating

Pre-Light: 8 pts.
Smoking: 4 pts.
Overall Experience: 3 pts.

TOTAL: 15 pts.