The Alec Bradley Cigar Company has one goal: to give the cigar smoker an unforgettable experience. Founded by Alan Rubin in 1996, Alec Bradley Cigar Company has distinguished itself as a world-class boutique producer and purveyor in the premium cigar industry. The Alec Bradley brand is synonymous with quality and accessibility, garnering top ratings from critics and expanding a loyal clientele.
In 1996, Alan Rubin was charting a new course in his life. Having sold the family import business, he wanted to create a company dedicated to his passion: cigars. Mr. Rubin sought to bring the hand-crafted tradition to the market without losing any attention to detail. To oversee daily operations Mr. Rubin brought in Ralph Montero; Mr. Montero is currently executive vice president. A partnership with Henke Kelner produced Occidental Reserve, Alec Bradley’s entrance into the premium cigar market. The product line expanded with Trilogy, a triangle press, and Maxx, which offered a 60 ring gauge at an accessible price point.
By 2007, Alec Bradley Cigars had created huge industry buzz. The cigar smoking community was waiting for Alec Bradley to do something special. That “something special” arrived with the launch of Tempus. Tempus established Alec Bradley Cigars as a top competitor in the market. Tempus (which is Latin for time) represented all the time-consuming traditions Mr. Rubin loved: waiting for the perfect crop of tobacco; partnering with a small, family-run operation to produce, ferment, and roll the tobacco; and personally overseeing the blending process. The result was a phenomenal cigar that represents the quality product consumers have come to expect from Alec Bradley. Invigorated by the success of Tempus, the Company continued to develop and launch a number of highly rated lines, notably SCR, Family Blend, Prensado, and Maxx Connecticut.
Currently, Alec Bradley Cigar Company has ten full-time employees at their corporate offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and 13 sales representatives covering eighty percent of the United States. The Company markets and distributes 12 lines and introduced 2 more lines in 2011 (the Alec Bradley Black Market and the Alec Bradley Fine and Rare). When Mr. Rubin was asked about the success of Alec Bradley he stated “we live true every day, believe in our products and respect one another”.
This Honduran wrapper has an evenly colored roasted brown color. It was silky smooth to the touch with a distinctly bold pre-light smell. There was a good firmness to the hand feel and it had a sweet earthy like smell with a classic pig-tail as a cap.
1st quarter: Once lit, you will quickly notice earthy tobacco notes with a touch of spice. A very smooth draw produced some creamy smoke to the palate. 2nd quarter: Creamy texture dominated the palate with spices being ever present throughout the nose. The cigar burned slow and even, leaving plenty of rich smoke in the air. 3rd quarter: There was an inviting and delicious tobacco flavor with some sweet notes in the aroma and a light spice. Full and well balanced flavors slowly built into a great medium body. 4th quarter: It proved to be a solid and well-rounded complex cigar that was full of great flavor. The character intensified as the cigar was smoked and it developed further in flavor and aroma while maintaining a sweet earthy tone.
The Alec Bradley Coyol Lancero offers a full and complex character with a very long and full bodied finish. It is a very well made cigar that is enjoyable to smoke and left a lasting impression. Overall, it is a very pleasant cigar with rich characters.
The Ashton VSG Illusion offered great balance despite its complexity and is very impressive in the power it packs. It developed evenly and produced great characters all the way to the end. The cigar has a flavorfully long and light peppery finish. It is a very well made cigar that had flavors bursting throughout the entire profile.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: Lavender Blue Lounge.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 5 minutes.
Binder: Honduran and Nicaragua.
Filler: Honduran and Nicaragua.
Size: 61/2” x 41.