Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Panama; Honduras
Binder : Sumatra (grown in Ecuador)
Price : $8 each
Released in 2011, the Alec Bradley Black Market cigars use a blend of tobaccos from four different countries. However that’s not all… the cigars only contain visos and ligeros (no seco leaves are used in this blend). The Black Market cigars come in boxes of 22 that look like old cargo crates and are available in the following sizes:
Robusto 5 1/4 x 52; Toro 6 x 50; Churchill 7 x 50; Torpedo 6 1/8 x 54; and Gordo 6 x 60.
The pre-light ritual for the AB Black Market was most disappointing. The cap on the cigar was sloppy and uneven. The smell of the stick revealed a stout barnyard and tiny shots of mint. Wrapper had plenty of heavy veins and one very noticeable blemish was found upon removal of the large foot band (which did not come off with ease).
The secondary band that remained on the cigar was halfway up the stick and had a military look to the print decorated with black and steel. Near that middle band was excessive glue stains all over the wrapper leaf. The cold draw was very tight and showed an empty mushroom taste.
Pre-light score: 6 pts.
The AB Black Market started out with a cool fresh smoke that was leathery and mildly sweet. After a couple of puffs however the remainer of the cap began to come off in my mouth (don’t think my Xikar guillotine did a bad job as it has yet to let me down). The burn was however dead even and resulted in a gray powdery ash.
Into the second third of my Black Market by Alec Bradley the tastes took a turn for the better, becoming creamy and bready with a leathery undercoat lingering on the palate. Upon continuing, however, the cream dissipated and a meaty burnt spice led to medium body smoking experience.
Not expecting much into the final third the cigar became spongy and tart. It remained in the medium bodied range the entire smoke and the aroma had an awkward Indian Curry characteristic to it. The finish showed more muttled ill defined tastes that were very… boring.
Smoking score: 7 pts.
To sum up my overall experience with the Alec Bradley Black Market, I would label this cigar as just another bland blend on the already large market. With such a market, cigar producers need to be releasing products that really stick out (not just a cool band or packaging idea). This is a perfect example of that. Aside from the unique name and band (presentation), this cigar just doesn’t cut it. Pass on this one.
Overall Experience score: 6 pts.
Alec Bradley Black Market Rating
Pre-Light: 6 pts.
Smoking: 7 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.