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; 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. 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 cigar has a smooth feel and its veiny wrapper has a light, reddish brown hue along with noticeable oils. There is cocoa, spice and a sweet hay aroma on the wrapper. There is also an incredibly rich pre-light smell at the foot.
1st quarter: Once lit, you are immediately introduced to spices and some creaminess. Some of the cocoa from the earlier wrapper is definitely present along with a cedar texture. An incredibly smooth draw with only the slightest resistance delivered some full flavored clouds of smoke right away. 2nd quarter: Huge aroma filled the room with plenty of rich tobacco notes, spices and some earthy cocoa tones. A mouthwatering creamy texture with some nuttiness soon developed. 3rd quarter: A slow and easy burn produced a large amount of dense smoke. Spices continued to intensify through the nose and to the palate as did its creamy texture. Cedar notes were present with a light caramel texture and coffee undertones. 4th quarter: The flavor and the aroma continued to develop, delivering very rich and full flavors. Some of the creaminess and sweetness diminished but were replaced by big spice and earthy characters.
The Alex Bradley Nica Puro Rosado offers noticeable full characters with spices and flavors that develop as the cigar is smoked. Some sweet tones developed in the aroma with an intensifying pepper through the nose. It is a very well made medium to full cigar that is effortless to enjoy and delivers great flavor.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Size: 6” x 52.