Origin : Honduras
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 42
Wrapper : Trojes, Honduras
Binder : Trojes, Honduras, Indonesia Embertunada
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Price : ~$6 each
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Below is the sixth and last dual review in our series of 6.
Stephen: I was down in New York City this past week and brought this good looking corona with me for one of my smokes during the trip. I enjoyed it sitting on a bench near Battery Park while looking at the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful sunny morning.
The Select Cabinet Reserve has the same fillers and binders from Honduras and Nicaragua as the Tempus. The difference here is the Honduran wrapper which comes from Trojes farm. The SCR cigars are also made in the same factory, Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.I. in Honduras as the Tempus.
Ed: The Alec Bradley SCR line of cigars (Select Cabinet Reserve) was released in 2009. The cigar has some interesting features to it; first, the wrapper hails from the Trojes region in Honduras which will give the cigar a naturally sweet taste in the smoke. The second feature is a double binder from Honduras and Indonesia. This double binder should give the cigar added firmness and stability.
This is a very good looking cigar that is a little rustic sporting many small veins and has a cinnamon stick and leather color to it. The main band is attractive but appears as though it is printed on an inkjet printer. The label at the foot says Select Cabinet Reserve in silver lettering with a red background. These are trivial things however and not why I smoke a cigar.
The wrapper almost seems like a double wrapper intertwined together. One look at the cigar, and one can see two colors to it: a colorado shade and a darker brown color. The leaf did have a lot of small veins present, and it appeared rough.
The cigar appears well constructed and good looking. The pre-light draw seemed very loose. I was worried but once I got about a quarter inch into the cigar, it got better. The burn was excellent but the ash was light, flakey, and fell off easily, never holding more than an inch. My biggest complaint with the cigar is the paper thin wrapper. It did not come with a cello sleeve and just being in my humidor and in transit the wrapper on both of the cigars I smoked was ripped or cracked in a couple places. It did not affect the burn too much but the cigar would have scored higher were it not for this problem.
The cigar is firm; this is probably helped by the use of the double binder. It also has a triple cap. In addition to its regular band, it featured a foot band which was easily removed.
The ash was very short (about a quarter of an inch), and it was flakey. I would have expected a longer ash as a result of the double binder.
The wrapper was sweet and aromatic during a pre-light sniff. I clipped the cigar with my Palio cutter and it lit easily. Initial tastes are mild and sweet. I detected notes of supple leather, some spice, and hint of dark roast coffee with medium to full flavor. It was very mild during the retrohale. The second third became an oaky note with some cedar. The sweetness I was enjoying dissipated. The final third was more of the same; it never regained that subtle sweetness.
The wrapper featured a faint caramel aroma, while the foot had a more sweet scent to it. It can almost be described as raw sugar. The initial flavor felt like having a warm dinner roll with butter. As the cigar got warmer, lots of nuts with a slight peppery flavor were perceived.
Halfway through the cigar, the peppery notes were lost, and the nutty flavor were very dominant especially during the finish which was relatively long.
At about $6 a stick for the corona this was a very enjoyable and worthwhile stick.
The SCR gives you lots of flavor for the money. At around $4.80/cigar, it is a good stick (and a good size) to have in your humidor.
This was a very enjoyable stick and it smoked for about 50 minutes. I would highly recommend you give it a try. I will certainly be going back for more. Just be careful to check the wrapper for damage when choosing your sticks.
This is my second experience with the Alec Bradley cigars (the Prensado was the first). The SCR is much milder than the Prensado. With an abundance of flavors present, I would consider this a great morning cigar especially when accompanying a cup of coffee.