Mataza Robusto Gordo (by Alec Bradley)

Mataza Robusto Gordo

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto Gordo
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler : Nicaragua & Colombia
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $3.40-$4.00, $85/box of 25

Many of you out there won’t know much about this cigar unless you have read Stogie Guys’ take on this brand. Mataza is made by Alec Bradley, in Honduras, comprised of a multinational blend of tobaccos. Devan Brown, of Hiland's Cigars in Scottsdale (which is the only store known to have these cigars in stock at this moment) got in contact with us here at Cigar Inspector, and sent me a sampler of 6 cigars consisting of 3 robusto gordos (5x54) and 3 magnums (6x60). I smoked most of the samples and came to the conclusion that the robusto gordo was the better of the two and decided to accent this stick in this review. So here goes,….

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Alec Bradley American Classic

Alec Bradley American Classic

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Connecticut Shade
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5 MSRP (street price should be considerably less)
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Every now and then I come across a cigar that really grabs my attention. These choice sticks sometimes become a Joe’s Gem while other times simply an incentive to purchase a box. Right now I am giddy over a sample of the soon-to-be-released Alec Bradley American Classic Blend.

The term “American Classic Blend” is one many cigar makers have used and generally means the cigar has a Conn. Shade wrapper. But these days, some of the best tasting Conn. Shade wrappers are grown outside the US. Such is the case with the new ABC (Alec Bradley Cigars) release. It sports a Honduran grown wrapper from Conn. Shade seed…and it’s gorgeous. With a golden brown hue and leathery feel, this cigar looks like a winner. But its good looks are only the beginning of a wonderful smoking adventure…

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Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri

Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Double Corona
Size : 6.75 x 54
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $175 / box of 20
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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.

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Alec Bradley New York

Alec Bradley New York

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Robusto (looks more like a 50 x 5.25)
Size : 5.25 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran Habano (Trojes)
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras?
Hand-Made
Price : $11-12.75 (includes New York taxes)
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New Yorkers have a lot to be proud of. Having grown up in the Big Apple, I can understand why it’s considered to be the greatest city in the world. With its storied past, historic monuments, and proud population, New York breeds a certain “state of mind”. And now New Yorkers have something else to call their own, a cigar made exclusively for the New York market. This new Alec Bradley cigar is simply named New York, and its big flavor and bold character reflects much of what its namesake is all about.

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Dual Review: Alec Bradley SCR Corona

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 42
Wrapper : Trojes, Honduras
Binder : Trojes, Honduras, Indonesia Embertunada
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
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.

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Alec Bradley Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado

Photo credit: Stogie Review

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Corojo 2006
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaraguan Jalapa
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Last Friday I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of smoking with Mr. George Sosa, National Sales Director of Alec Bradley Cigars, and was fortunate enough to be one of the first to receive their newest release, the Prensado. Not only is Mr. Sosa one of the company’s three principal executives, he is also a retired U.S. Navy – Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, so naturally he and I hit it off right away and he is also the only other person in the industry I have ever met who knew the answer to the riddle of why do Bomb Technicians like box-pressed cigars? If you want to know, you have to ask.

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Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR)

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR)

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Honduras Trojes
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras Trojes, Indonesian Embetunada
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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The Alec Bradley – Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR), released earlier in 2009, is a slightly mellower compliment to their Tempus. Alan Rubin, President of Alec Bradley Cigars, describes the SCR as having fewer spikes and peaks in the flavor profile, and having more balance than the Tempus. Made in Honduras at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L., the SCR is being released in five vitollas: Robusto (5 x 50), Gran Robusto (5 ½ x 60), Corona (5 ½ x 42), Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52), and Churchill (7 x 48) in boxes of twenty cigars each. They are made with a Trojes, Honduran wrapper; Trojes, Honduran and Indonesia Embetunada binders; and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. They are reasonably priced, varying approximately in the $6 - $12 range depending on the taxes and other penalties in your area. For this review, I smoked the Robusto.

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Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0′ x 49
Wrapper : Honduran Criollo ’98
Filler : Honduran and Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran Criollo ’98
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Alec Bradley Tempus is made in the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. This is the same factory the the Illusione and Cruzado cigars are made for Dion Giolito. I mention this because of a story I heard. It is second or third hand so I have no way of knowing how true it is but it is interesting. The story goes that Dion was testing several prototype blends to use in one of his lines. Apparently Dion wants his cigars to change up on him 4 plus times through the course of the smoke so there were several blends that while good, complex smokes, they were passed on by Dion. The rumor is, that one such blend was offered to and subsequently bought by Alec Bradley to become the Tempus. Like I said, I have no idea if it is true or not, but it is an interesting story and maybe it provides some insight into what happens to some of better blends that go unclaimed during the development phase for a new cigar.

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