April 19, 2014
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Terra Nova (robusto)
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : San Andres Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Price : ~$8.50 each
The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro utilizes the same delicious blend of fillers as the original Tempus and amps up the flavor with a San Andres Maduro wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few veins. An ornate purple, silver, and gold band is the perfect accent to the stunning wrapper leaf. The length of the five-inch stick is mostly plump with a few noticeable soft spots. The cap is thick and neatly mounted. It cuts cleanly with my Colibri V Cutter.
The San Andres Maduro leaf gives off the distinct aroma of milk weed blossoms while the foot smells of black cherries. The cold draw is easy and produces light flavors of barley and black pepper. Once lit, the initial few puffs are incredibly bitter and acrid with a strong aroma of ammonia. However, these flavors dissipate quickly. The flavor profile changes to a strong, earthy base with hints of cocoa and espresso. A leathery undertone develops towards the end of the first third along with a bit of anise on the back of the palate. Dark, earthy flavors of leather, cocoa, and wood dominate the second third. The final third sees a surge of smoked hickory along with the ever-present cocoa and leather.
The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro draws nicely and produces tons of rich, flavorful smoke. The ash is a light gray color with a tawny tinge to it. The strong, compact ash grows to about an inch and a half before the first drop. The burn line remains perfectly even up until the final third, during which the burn canoes ¾” up the side of the wrapper. The smoke production decreases in the final third and the burn becomes very hot but is easily fixed by a couple of quick purges. The ash drops a total of three times during the hour-long smoke.
Alec Bradley’s Tempus Maduro is a great follow up to the original Tempus. It is full strength and full flavor with a delightful complexity. It made for a great after dinner stick. I think six months of aging would do wonders for it and hopefully remove the bitterness from the first few puffs.
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April 20, 2014
As for the burn line, I would agree with you Poiuyt, I don’t smoke many Alec Bradley cigars because I tend to have burn issues as well. This one was given to me by a friend so I figured I might as well review it. I was pleasantly surprised. I am constantly reminded that every cigar brand has their gems and their disappointments.
April 20, 2014
I’m surprised that the burn line was so straight for you. The main reason I stopped smoking AB cigars (other than a lack of balance in the flavors) was the horrible lop-sided burns that seemed to plague every cigar I smoked.
April 20, 2014
Nice job Kayla on the Alex Bradley Tempus Maduro review. And, it’s always terrific to find a woman conducting smoke reviews! Keep it up! Wand
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