Alec Bradley Family Blend T11

The Alec Bradley family blend was created to honor the fathers of president Alan Rubin, vice president Ralph Montero and sales director George Sosa. Originally the line consisted of a single vitola, but due to the success of the blend Alec Bradley cigars decided to release more vitolas including this 6×52 torpedo with the name T11. I got this cigar from a sales rep while I was enjoying a cigar at the La Gloria Cubana lounge in Miami. The cigar is made with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco with an Indonesian binder and a Honduran wrapper.
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The cigar has a chocolate brown oily wrapper with a few veins. I don’t particularly like the band. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell but the construction seems a bit soft. The predraw is too easy and mild spicy.
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I taste coffee and earth and the bitterness of cacao. After half an inch I taste some chocolate with earth and some herbs. Another half inch later I also taste some nuts. After a third the flavors are wood with chocolate with a herbal aftertaste. Towards halfway the chocolate disappears ad I taste wood with herbs and a mild pepper.

After two thirds I taste wood again with chocolate and herbs in the aftertaste. The pepper has disappeared. A few puffs later I taste nut again with wood and a mild chocolate flavor. The last few puffs bring me a herbal flavor again.
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This cigar has a smoke time of ninety minutes. The draw is too loose. I got a lot of medium thick and gray smoke, the smoke gets white along the way though. The dark ash is firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, just to give it another try without the draw problems.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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