Origin : Honduras
Format : Double Corona
Size : 6.75 x 54
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Price : $175 / box of 20
More info about purchasing Alec Bradley Tempus cigars...
The name “Tempus” means time which is appropriate for the Alec Bradley Tempus. These cigars were developed back in 2001, but were released in 2008. The Magistri (along with the Inceptio and the Magnus) were introduced in 2009. Both the wrapper and the binder feature a Honduran Trojes wrapper. The featured vitola is the 6 X 54 in. Magistri Maduro.
The color is a very dark brown, typical of a maduro cigar. It also features one large and one medium-sized vein along the length of the cigar. Upon close examination of the cap, it seems that it is darker than the rest of the wrapper.
The cigar was very soft and oily with no soft spots felt throughout the stick. The Tempus features two bands (a very large band at the head with a smaller one on the foot). The foot band seemed to be glued a little unevenly. As mentioned before, it seemed that the cigar was single-capped with the cap slightly darker than the rest of the cigar. The pre-light draw was very good.
It was very difficult to identify any aromas coming off the cigar. The very faint manure and barnyard were really hard to detect. Identifying aromas out of the foot was equally as challenging. A faint sweet smell with some prunes seemed to come off the cigar. No spice was felt at the tongue although it tasted earthy.
The initial taste was that of nuts; after the cigar got hotter, a slight pepper was felt in the tongue. At around 1 in., a flavor of espresso coffee became evident. The retrohale had hints of some common kitchen spices like mint and oregano. At the 3.5 in. mark, the cigar became woody (mostly oak), and it also became slightly bitter. The cigar was predominately nutty towards the end.
The Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri Maduro seems to carry a reasonable price tag of about $9.00 per stick. It does take some time to smoke this one, so the cost/time to smoke ratio is good.
Overall Rating :
Quite honestly, this was not my favorite Alec Bradley cigar. The flavor profile was OK, but I expected a wider range of flavors and aromas. Other Alec Bradley cigars like the SCR or Prensado are much better, in my opinion. This cigar did provide for a long smoke, and it was not bad; I guess I was just disappointed as I do enjoy other Alec Bradley cigars.