Quick Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Robusto

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Black Market

I smoked two of these over the course of a couple of weeks, and here are my impressions.

Nice dark appearance, perfect construction and held up nicely to guillotine cut.

Taste was not harsh but not particularly complex. Spice and very subtle chocolate. No significant change in taste during entire stick. Burn was perfect. A good, mild smoke, earning it an 85 on The Morris Scale.

Now let’s see if I agree with the retailer hype.

From Thompson Cigar:

“It’s called Alec Bradley Black Market and you’re going to want to get your hands on them. Handmade in Nestor Plasencia’s Honduran factory, these medium-bodied beauties are comprised of a sumptuous blend of well-aged Panamanian and Honduran long fillers, scrumptious Sumatra binder, and garnished with a dark Maduro wrapper. Super smooth and creamy, it’s a true luxury smoke.”

“Luxury smoke”? Can’t agree with that. It was a smooth smoke with no harshness, but some cigars do immediately invoke “creamy” as a descriptor, and this is not one of them.

From Famous Smoke Shop:

“Alec Bradley Black Market cigars are a medium-bodied, luxury-class edition blended with Honduran Jamastran (pronounced “ha-mas-tran”) and Panamanian longfillers, Sumatra binder, and semi-sweet Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper cured to a dark, shimmering patina. You’ll enjoy an ultra-smooth and creamy smoke laced with spicy notes that finishes with a hint of sweetness on the palate.”

Again with the smooth and creamy. I did get some spice and chocolate, so I will concur with the “spicy notes” and “hint of sweetness” remarks.

Not a bad cigar, but you’ll enjoy the Alec Bradley Tempus far more.

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