Alec Bradley Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado

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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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Illusione 68

Illusione 68

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 x 44
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The 68 is a Nicaraguan puro made by Dion Giolito the founder of Illusione cigars. There seems to be some kind of reported conspiracy or mysteries regarding the reasons behind the names of the Illuisone cigars. There need not be any mystery. All the information is available right on the Illusione site, http://www.illusionecigars.com. In the case of the 68, it is the year Dion Giolito was born. I received this cigar as a gift. It is the only 68 I have smoked, and it’s the only Illusione I have ever smoked.

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Cain Maduro Torpedo

Cain Maduro Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero (Jalapa, Esteli, Condega)
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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My previous review was of the Cain Habano Robusto. In that review I detailed a bit about the makeup and story of the this straight Ligero cigar so click on over and check that out as well. Today I am smoking the Maduro Torpedo. I was trying to find some more information about this wrapper and was unable to find anything definitive about it. I have seen it referred to as a Nicaraguan Maduro, a Mexican Maduro, and even a Brazilian Maduro wrapper. I am not sure which it is at this point. I am not inclined to agree with the Brazilian label though. As Maduro wrappers go this one doesn’t have much tooth to it, and in my experience, the Brazilian maduro is on of the toothiest maduro wrappers I have seen. That is just an opinion and a guess though. It could very well be Brazilian, I just don’t know right now.

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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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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #4

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #4

La Aroma de CubaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 49
Wrapper : Ecuador Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each:; ~ $38 for 5 pack
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The #4 is La Aroma's version of the Churchill.

I first tried the Edicion Especial #4 at the Ashton Taste of Excellence event at my local B&M. If you have never been to one of these, I highly recommend it if it comes to your local B&M. The Ashton rep paired it with a sample of Patron Anejo. It was a very good pairing I must say.

I purchased a five-pack after enjoying one at the tasting event. The next two cigars I had with just water. They have been resting about a month.

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Graycliff 1666

Graycliff 1666

Origin : BahamasGraycliff
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Jaltapec Maduro
Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Mix of Brazilian, Columbian, Mexican and Peruvian Tobacco
Hand-Made
Price : $100-140 for a bundle of 20
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Background Info

Enrico Garzazoli, owner of Graycliff Cigars, brought aboard Avelino Lara to complement his five-star restaurant (1st in the Caribbean) and second largest wine collection. Avelino Lara is better known as the former personal cigar roller to Fidel Castro and the man responsible for the creation of the Cuban Cohiba brand.

This cigar was named in honor of the first building located where the restaurant and wine collection are located today. It is estimated that this first building was one of the first structures developed for the city of Nassau.

Mission Debrief

I found this cigar by simple accident and chance, rummaging through my secondary humidor containing a large cache of various cigars purchased from a family member. Buried somewhere near the bottom is where I came upon the Graycliff 1666. Not having had the opportunity to smoke any of these cigars in the past, I felt this would be a nice candidate for immediate interrogation.

Appearance-wise for this cigar, I found a couple of small chips in the veiny, maduro wrapper. Nothing else of fault. I felt that the copper and blue hued band, while nothing elaborate or elegant, completed the overall look of the cigar. No overly packed or soft spots were detected in the length of the cigar as well.

Moving away from my punch and using my favorite Xikar cutter and a butane lighter, I gave the cigar a couple of firm draws and took in the flavors presented to me. This is one of those Maduros that looks worse than it is, as it’s a bit milder than you would think. The persistent flavors I found were a dark coffee/espresso and a touch of spice and earthiness. Nothing overpowering here but pleasant to the palette. I did find in the last third of the cigar that I felt it was burning a bit hot, as the flavors pushed towards a harsher, side.

Expect a nice, even burn overall. I did have to relight the cigar a couple of times throughout the two hours and change smoke time. In the last third of the cigar, the wrapper was starting to unravel a bit from the cigar. I think this is because of the status of my secondary humidor and not necessarily from the cigar. The finish for this cigar was slightly longer, most likely because of the maduro wrapper but it is nothing out of the ordinary.

Recommendations

This is a enjoyable, medium bodied maduro. It has a nice complement of flavors, won’t bog you down in terms of strength and the price point is agreeable to most. While it didn’t have the “wow factor” like the La Traviata, the Graycliff 1666 is certainly one I’ll be looking for in the future.

Cain Habano Robusto

Cain Habano Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.70″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Esteli Ligero, Condega Ligero, Jalapa Ligero, and a small amount of “other tobaccos”
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Cain – Straight Ligero. For those who know what Ligero is, you are probably thinking “damn”. Ligero is the highest priming of tobacco on the plant. These are the leaves at the top of the plant that get the most exposure to direct sunlight and the elements. Ligero tobacco is the thickest leaves and the strongest in terms of nicotine. It is also generally considered the most robust in terms of flavor. Most cigars only use a small percentage of ligero tobacco blended leaves from other primings on the plant. The blending of the different leaves is done to produce specific flavors that the blender wants as well as to give the cigar balance in flavor, strength and construction. Now the Cain is not really 100% ligero. It is actually around 82% or 84% (I have heard both numbers bandied around) ligero. This is still way more ligero than is typically found in a cigar, but the addition of the non-ligero tobacco is done for construction and combustion reasons. Ligero is the thickest leaf and as such is the slowest burning and hardest to keep lit. The other tobacco used helps to balance things out a bit to allow the cigar to burn properly. All that ligero still affects the burn though. This cigar burns awfully slow but more on that later.

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Avo Signature Lonsdale

Avo Signature Lonsdale

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 x 43
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Avo Signature is the last classic line from Mr. Uvezian that I haven’t reviewed yet. [Check out my previous reviews of Avo Classic, Avo XO and Avo Domaine]. The Signature blend was created to celebrate the 75th birthday of Avo Uvezian, the Dominican binder and filler wear an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper (quite common for Avo cigars).

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