Brand: Alec Bradley Country: Honduras
Size: Quadrum 5×55 Wrapper: Criollo
Price: $8.15 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Just because we are fancy and have a cigar blog doesn’t mean we don’t judge sticks by their covers. In case that reference is more obscure than I think it is, what I mean is, we judge cigars by their labels. Are we all on the same page now? Good. The Alec Bradley Tempus is a gorgeous cigar with an excellent label. That’s it. End of review.
I was kidding. The review isn’t over.
What We Liked:
I have nothing bad to say about the draw of this cigar. Using a larger punch, I had a nice, easy draw for the whole length of the smoke. As you’ll read in just about all of our reviews, we tend to use the punch cutter whenever possible. There is a certain amount of panic that goes along with having to execute a perfect, even cut on a priceless cigar that’s been aging in the humidor since before you were born. (Stay tuned for that review). Punch cuts are great for cigar nubs who can’t take the pressure.
Okay, I got off topic. Back to the Tempus: Here is the best part of the Tempus: the aroma. Before even lighting this cigar, take a whiff and you’ll get more discernible chocolate notes than I’ve seen (or sniffed) in any other cigar. I passed this cigar off to a friend pre-light and asked her what it smelled like. “Chocolate!” she replied with an excited look. “Will it taste like chocolate?”. Yes. Yes it will. But you must be patient.
Right off the light, the Tempus had some stronger earthy flavors. People use the word “dirt” which has a bad connotation in my mind. When I say “earthy” here, what I mean is “dirt”, but not in a bad way. The taste reminded me of the way it smells in the woods about a half hour after it rains. You still with me there? Hold on, this gets better.
After about a half-inch, the Tempus opens up into the sweeter spectrum. It’s around this point where the black coffee and chocolate hints start to come out. There is something decidedly sweet about this cigar that lingers all the way down to about the last few inches where the sweetness fades and a tang of spice finishes it off.
What We Didn’t Like:
This box-pressed, Criollo-wrapped beefcake had a few larger veins which I was convinced would make my burn a nightmare to manage. In the past, I haven’t always had the best luck keeping my Alec Bradley cigars burning evenly. Strong chance of user error there, but I figured I should point it out. This particular cigar had an even burn all the way down, despite those hefty stems. I did have some trouble keep the Tempus lit. Again, I am not comfortable blaming that entirely on the cigar, but it was a bit of an annoyance.
A nice even draw but not a lot of smoke, At times, I felt like I had to puff 3 or 4 times to get enough smoke to blow my smoke pirate ship. (If you don’t get the reference, just trust me, its funny.)
As for the burn, as I mentioned a little earlier, there were no major problems outside of the cigar requiring one re-light. Very possible that was the smoker’s fault, not the smokee.
Should You Try/Buy it:
Overall, the Tempus is an amazingly delicious tasting (and smelling) cigar that won’t break the bank if you hold out for a deal on CigarBid. MSRP is high, but I would say that this cigar merits the price. Find one, and enjoy!
Interested in trying the Alec Bradley Tempus? You can purchase it here.