Brand: Alec Bradley Country: Honduras
Size: Gran Toro 6 x 54 Wrapper: Trojas Corojo
Price: $11.75 (Buy)
This is a gorgeous cigar. It’s not just the label either — the Prensado just looks and feels fantastic. The wrapper reminds me of a dark wood. Mahogany. It’s a deep brown with some black veins. The golden embossed label really stands out in contrast to the dark wrapper. Really, the Prensado looks like a work of art. Even my fiance, who knows nothing about cigars, saw me lighting this up and said “Oooh, that’s a pretty cigar.” Obviously this girl’s taste in cigar labels is as good as her taste in men.
What We Liked:
I love when gorgeous wrappers and an excellent label come together. I can imagine my humidor filled with nothing but this cigar for beauty alone. Even before lighting the Alec Bradley Prensado, I smoked first with my eyes. But don’t worry, they didn’t inhale.
Now, regarding flavor… the Prensado starts out with some well-defined spice. I expected creamy smooth chocolate (like in the Alec Bradley Tempus), but was caught a bit off guard with the pepper. I have to remind myself that peppery spice isn’t a bad thing if done well. The Prensado does it well. This cigar starts off strong with pepper but then mellows out into the sweeter range of flavors. Some woody earth, coffee and maybe a tiny hint of chocolate. This is definitely one of the more complex cigars I’ve smoked. It was hard nailing down any particular flavor profile. It tasted like ambiguity.
What We Didn’t Like:
I’ve got some serious beef with this cigar and literally every other Alec Bradley cigar I’ve smoked. Never, not once, have I had an even burn. I blamed myself at first, but after having this happen a dozen times, I’ve given up the blame. It’s not me, it’s not my light and it’s not my humidor. Everything else I smoke seems to be fine. It’s Alec. These sticks require some serious supervision. Expect to re-light, touch up and generally be frustrated by the burn on these sticks. I am surprised by this. After all, Cigar Aficionado named this “Cigar of the Year” in 2011. I wonder if they experienced the same issues? Honestly, I don’t think this cigar is good enough for that honor. Not because of the construction/burn issues. I don’t think it tasted good enough. Maybe this cigar won because of its complexity? To me though, that’s like giving the Best Picture Oscar to a movie that’s artsy, but not even that good. I said it. I didn’t like No Country for Old Men.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Ha, despite the previous paragraph, yes, you should try it. Try it just to see if you have the same burn issues that I did. I want external validation. It’s an expensive experiment at over $10 a pop, but please, tell me if I am crazy. Even if you do end up with a crazy uneven burn, it’s an interesting and pleasant smoke. It’s very possible, even likely, that the folks at Cigar Aficionado saw something in this cigar that I just missed. You may not.
Interested in trying the Alec Bradley Prensado? You can buy it here.