Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2017 Review

I have not had a great deal of experience with the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare series’. But a fellow cigar smoker gave me this beauty and I couldn’t help myself.

 

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Blend Profile
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
Vitola: Torpedo

Appearance & Smell
On the wrapper I smelled a lot of creamy sweetness. The foot gave me an earthy but also creamy smell. The appearance is very smooth, not a lot of veins, and a nice medium colored wrapper.

Smoke Preparation
I used my Xikar Xi1 to put a clean flat cut on the cap. Then I used a Xikar Enigma double torch to get a good even light.

 

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Burn & Draw
This was an easy and even light. The draw was slightly easier than most but not too light. As I started to really get into the cigar, it started burning uneven (as you can see above). I touched up the cigar multiple times throughout my smoke. The draw stayed consistent throughout the whole cigar.

 

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Strength & Body
Medium, medium, medium. It really stuck to the medium body of strength. I enjoyed the simplicity of the blend. The tobaccos didn’t change too much throughout the smoke. The initial smells were pretty spot on as to what the tastes would be: Creamy and earthy.

Final Thoughts
This was a cigar given to me by a friend and I know it’s not a cheap smoke. With that being said, I enjoyed it even though it had it’s problems. I don’t like having to touch-up a cigar multiple times while I’m smoking it. I did enjoy the flavors but I also wish that it had a little more depth to it.

Source: Friend
Brand Information: Alec Bradley

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