March 2020

New Alec Bradley cigars. Not just the C.Gars and Turmeaus limited Alec Bradley Orchant Seleccion we published earlier this week, but more. A line extension for the Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli. And a new cigar by Alec & Bradley Rubin called Kintsugi.

Black Market Esteli Diamond

Tthe American cigar manufacturer announced a limited edition for the Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli. And the limited edition is a crossover from another famous Alec Bradley line, the Nica Puro. Their uniquely diamond pressed vitola is making its debut in the Black Market Esteli blend.

Over the last few years, Alec Bradley released the Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut in this unique shape. The limited-edition Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Diamond will be the exact same size. That’s 6¼x54 and only 1500 boxes of 16 cigars will be produced. The blend is almost the same as the regular box-pressed Black Market Esteli cigars. A Nicaraguan wrapper, Nicaraguan fillers, and a double binder. One from Nicaragua and one from Honduras. The unique diamond shape requires extra care in the blending process. To bolster the blend, Alec Bradley needed to add an extra leaf of Ligero Habano from Nicaragua. The addition of the leaf makes the blend a little bolder than its regular release cousins.

“The Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut has been a hit with premium cigar enthusiasts every year since it was introduced,” said Alec Bradley Director of Sales and Marketing, Jonathan Lipson. “The shape pays homage to (Alec Bradley Founder) Alan Rubin’s triangular cigar – Trilogy. For 2020, we wanted to change things up a bit and try diamond pressing the superb Black Market EstelÍ blend. The Black Market EstelÍ Diamond is sure to please palates globally!”

Ministry of Cigars - New Alec Bradley cigars

Alec & Bradley Kintsugi

The younger generations of the Rubin family, Alec & Bradley announced a new cigar too. They did that on the Cigar Dojo podcast. It will be the third regular production release of Alan Rubin’s sons. The fourth if you include the Cigar Dojo exclusive and the limited-edition Uru Doshi.

Kintsugi is Japanese and means ‘golden journey’ or ‘golden repair’. It comes from restoring broken pottery where the pieces are glued together with a golden glue. Bradley Rubin said it beautifully during the podcast. “That’s something that we as cigarmakers have to deal with: we have a beautiful product, sometimes it doesn’t burn correctly—it’s a handmade product—and there’s going to be imperfections. No cigar is perfect. It’s about finding the beauty in the imperfections. Because it’s handmade, because so many people’s hands are touching this product before it reaches the final smoker—Kintsugi is a beautiful way to compare a piece of art with another piece of art.”

The Kintsugi is made in Honduras, just as the Alec & Bradley Blind Faith. The factory is Raices Cubana, a factory that is used a lot by Alec Bradley. The blend, sizes and price point was not revealed during the podcast.

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