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Alec Bradley Connecticut Cigar Review.

Alec Bradley Connecticut Cigar Review.

Brand History:

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 handcrafted 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”.


What a great looking cigar a nice dark and veiny wrapper with noticeable tooth and oils. A very light pre-light smell of some woody and some hints of sweetness at the foot.

Journey Profile:

1st Third

Once lit a very smooth draw with mild flavors and body.  Smooth earthiness hints and flavors of creaminess flavors of cedar.   Very easy resistance on the draw giving off very nice aroma along with full rich flavors on the palate.  Some vanilla sweetness is noticeable on the palate

2nd Third:

Creamy with some toasted notes while good flavor of some cocoa along with some oak and leathery notes.  More vanilla sweetness on the finish as the burn and draw continued to develop with a great ash.  Some increase in the amount of white pepper on the retrohale along with spice on my palate.  Plenty of smoke at the foot while strength stayed a steady medium.

Final Third:

Plenty of spice through the nose with creaminess lingering in the back round.  Rich luring aromas stayed from start to finish.  Characters are very rich with a slow burn.  Spices through the nose and the creamy texture wanting to stay to the end.

Final Conclusion:

The second third and final thirds quite similar to the end. With the different flavors of some spice, leather and oak all played together very well.  Enjoyed how these flavors continued to linger complementing the sweetness along the journey.  Nicely balanced on the palate and smooth spices through the nose very good construction.  Somewhat complex with a good burn that held a long ash.  Overall very well made with great construction with a long flavorful finish..


Myron Gooch Sr.

Wrapper: Connecticut.

Binder: Honduran.

Filler: Honduran, Nicaragua.

Size: 6” x 50.

Rating: 89



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