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Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.
Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience.
Review By: Matt
Review By: Matt
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Alec Bradley Prensado - Robusto 5.0 x 50
I know this cigar is highly rated but will try to keep a clean mind when rating this cigar. I like some of the Alec Bradley line and enjoy the flavor profile they offer. I’m looking forward to this smoke!
Look and Feel:
Tight invisible seems with minimal veins. Good looking dark Corojo wrapper with a slight red tint to it (not Colorado though). Box pressed and very firm which makes me wonder if the draw will be good. Earthy smell with a hint of barnyard. Pre-lit draw is a cedar fruit flavor so that makes me hopeful that the flavors will be similar. Looks like a double cap but the color makes it hard to tell.
At the start I get leather with spice accompanied with hints of espresso and straight tobacco. The backside of the foot started to burn down really fast so I hope that doesn’t cause a canoeing issue. The draw is perfect and has the right amount of resistance. The retrohale is a nice minty pepper but doesn’t burn your nose off. The finish is fairly long, especially the pepper flavors. The cap is getting a little lose mid-way and there is a good 1/8 of an inch to spare… A little bit of buttery cream sneaking in which I really like with the floral aroma coming from the smoke. Medium body flavor and strength so far.
Well the cap came off but the wrapper is holding perfect! Good smoke output and the burn is razor sharp now. I’m getting some floral flavors now with a tangy earth. (Very different) The pepper has stepped back which I like at this stage of a cigar. The light butter cream remains which keeps this blend balanced. The earth steps back a bit for some leather notes with the butter cream and the pepper is almost gone with a very slight spice on the finish. I like this third better than the 1st third for sure. The body in flavor and strength moves to full about half way though the cigar so let’s see how that progresses in the last third.
A little bitter espresso came back with straight tobacco. That transitioned into a deep earth flavor with a slight pepper to it. The finish is a peppery butter but has stepped back in the body a bit. (Which is good because it got pretty strong for a while.) The finish does tend to go to the back of your throat and stay for a while. The Prensado ends with earth and herbs with a tiny bit of pepper and leather. Luckily it didn’t get too hot to smoke down to the nub.
This was a pretty complex cigar with many transitions, some were minor and some were not. The strength of this cigar sneaks up on you but doesn’t put you in the hospital. The flavors are well blended and fairly easy to discern. The burn was great except for that little issue during the foot third but never had to be touched up. The ash doesn’t hold all that long so be sure to only keep a half inch or so at a time. Great notes of buttercream, leather, dark earth and espresso are present and the pepper comes and goes like a well-blended and rolled cigar. Occasional mint, floral, and herb notes help make this a very complex cigar. I enjoyed this very much and would recommend this for the smoker who likes a full bodied rich cigar that has pepper present. I was surprised the sweet fruit I tasted on the pre-lit draw were not there but I didn’t miss them. The burn time was over an hour which is awesome for a robusto so it is helping my evaluation of the value of this cigar. Great example of what Alec Bradley can do and you can’t go wrong with the Prensado.
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