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Alec Bradley Fine & Rare RS10=(86) 2018

For the last couple of years, Alec Bradley is releasing a limited edition. Well, two actually, the Filthy Hooligan and the Fine and Rare. Where the Filthy Hooligan is more of a gimmick for St Patrick’s day, the Fine & Rare is an ultra-premium cigar. The first release utilized 9 or 10 different kinds of tobacco. And every year, Alec Bradley is making something special from their Fine & Rare release.

For the 2018 release, they used a size that was used before. A 6½x56 Parejo Toro Gordo. And all they disclosed about the cigar was the origin of the wrapper. The wrapper comes from Honduras. The binder and filler are undisclosed.

Where not much of the blend is revealed, there are still a lot of details known. The ring reveals a lot. It has the roll date. In this case that’s between March 26 and April 1st of 2017. The number of boxes, 2500, is mentioned on the ring. The total production of the week van 638. The release date of 24 October 2018 is printed on the ring. As well as the names and signatures of the rollers Juan Carlos Artica and Wilmar Jose Valerio. But that’s not all, supervisors and quality control also signed the ring.

he Colorado colored wrapper looks great. Thing veins, a little shine of the oil. The construction feels great too but what do you expect when the rollers, supervisors and quality controllers are mentioned by name on the ring. They can’t afford to deliver a plugged cigar. And as mentioned in the intro, the ring tells a lot. The rolling date, the weekly production, who rolled it, the number of boxes. The aroma is medium strong and would be best described at barnyard.

The cold draw is great. Yet it doesn’t have a lot of flavors. Mild raw tobacco is all that is noticeable. The cigar starts with a nutty, toasty flavor. And a little bit of coffee. The cigar is very creamy. With some fresh acidity on the background that comes close to green apple. Slowly some leather and pepper shine through, while the green apple disappears. The flavors are all subtle and smooth so far. The sweetness in the cigar is best described as caramel, salted caramel as there is a salty flavor too. The nut flavor returns, with leather, pepper, and salt as backing vocals. After a third, the sweetness and the pepper are the stronger flavors. But they remain smooth, soft and complex. There’s also a grassy undertone. Slowly a minty freshness shows up in the aftertaste. The sweetness changes from caramel to powdered sugar. In the final third, there is a distinct milk chocolate flavor with hay and pepper. The sweetness turns to caramel again. Near the end, I taste nuts again, with sweetness and leather. There’s also a hint of coffee in the last few puffs

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The draw is great, the perfect amount of air flow resistance. The ash is light colored. The burn is beautiful. The smoke is thick and white. The cigar is smooth and complex. Medium bodied, medium flavored. The smoke time is four hours

Would I buy this cigar again? Not for 25 euro, although it’s a good smoke. Yet if I have to choose between a Cohiba BHK or this Alec Bradley Fine and Rare, I know I’ll get this one.

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Categories: 93, Alec Bradley, Honduran cigars, Raices Cubanas | Tags: , , , ,

5 Vegas Triple A

This 5 Vegas triple A is released in one size and one size only, 5 x 56. The filler contains Cuban seed Nicaraguan from Jalapa and Condega tobacco and the oily wrapper is a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro tobacco. I think I picked this cigar up during my trip through the USA, but it could also have been bombed to my by one of my American friends.
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The thick and oily broadleaf maduro wrapper has a couple of nice veins. Both the band and the band protecting the foot of the cigar are grotesque. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is fine and leaves a bit of a raisin flavor in my mouth. The cigar has a firm, deep and rich barnyard flavor. The wrapper is so thick that it makes this cigar hard to punch.
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I can taste coffee, mildly bitter and a little bit of chocolate. This flavor doesn’t change for two inch when the chocolate becomes stronger, but the coffee remains the main flavor.

Halfway the coffee changes into wood and the chocolate disappears after ⅔. I couldn’t nub this cigar as it had a turning point with about an inch and a half left. Even though I purged, and got a big flame while doing so, the cigar gets too bitter to continue smoking.
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It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this full flavored, full bodied cigar. I got a great draw and a nice amount of smoke, although it is a bit thin. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. The ash is light colored and quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, maybe, if I run into them at a B&M for a reasonable price

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

Categories: 5 Vegas, Nicaraguan cigars, Tabacalera Esteli | Tags: , ,

Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Rosado Magnum R56

I love rosado wrappers and I was thrilled when the Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Rosado line came to The Netherlands a few months ago. I reviewed the Magnum R58, the Magnum R54 and the Magnum R52, but I noticed that I hadn’t reviewed the Magnum R56 yet, so I went out and bought one. This 5⅝x56 cigar has a 9 euro price tag.
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The wrapper has a reddish glow, like all the other rosado cigars I’ve smoked before. It is also oily, shiny and has a few long but thin veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste a sweet but yet burned coffee flavor with some earth. After half an inch I taste dry wood, mild sweet and some spices in the aftertaste. After two inch the flavors are sweet yet spicy, I taste wood with a mild acidic flavor and a little bit of milk chocolate in the aftertaste
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Halfway I taste some wood with a mild acidic aftertaste. The sweetness and the milk chocolate are gone. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy, I also taste herbs and some pepper.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and forty minutes. I got enough smoke, but the smoke was a bit thin. The draw is great, but I had to correct the burn a few times. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll stick to the R52

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

Categories: Arturo Fuente, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia | Tags: , ,

C.A.O. America potomac

This cigar is a looker and lives up to the America name because both wrappers are American. The dark wrapper is a broadleaf Connecticut while the lighter wrapper is Connecticut and both are grown in the United States. The binder is Brazilian and the filler, all ligero, comes from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy and the United States. I smoked the Potomac, a 5×56 cigars that I got a few years ago from Eric from Kioki Cigars as a welcome gift when I signed up for Club Stogie (lowland louie, rest in peace)
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The wrapper is beautiful, and instead of making a straight forward barberpole the people at C.A.O. created an unusual pattern with the two different wrappers, it is more like a lighter colored pinstripe on a dark cigar. The cigar has a mild smell of wood. The construction feels good. The bands support the whole America theme of the cigar. The predraw is on the loose side and tastes like spicy raisin.
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I taste a bitter and musty coffee flavor with something sweet and that sweetness becomes dominant after a few puffs. After half an inch I taste some wood, some herbs, lots of sweetness and those flavors are mild spicy.
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After an inch and a half the flavors are sweet with herbs, burned wood and a hint of chocolate. Halfway the sweetness disappears and now I taste burned and mild spicy herbs. After two thirds I taste a mild salty licorice flavor with burned herbs and wood.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoked. The light colored as is firm. The burn is crooked. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar reminds me of an old girlfriend. Both looked good but both left a bad taste in my mouth.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

Categories: C.A.O. Fabrica de Tabacos Honduras, CAO, Honduran cigars | Tags: , ,

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