Alec Bradley Nica Puro
-Country – Honduras
-Wrapper – Nicaragua
-Binder – Nicaragua
-Filler – Nicaragua
-Size – 5 x 50 Robusto
-Price – around $7.50
I get a mellow chocolate scent off the wrapper, but not much off the foot. Some spice comes through on the cold draw, and there is a touch of resistance that is slightly tighter than “perfect.” The cigar is very firm up and down the length, and the brown wrapper has a mottled look with no veins.
The first few draws open with a creamy, smooth, thick bodied smoke. The flavors are a little muted out of the gate, but I detect some earthiness, a tiny amount of cardamom, and a lot of pepper on my tongue. About an inch in, the cigar takes on a more woodsy profile. Above the wood I can find leather and bitter chocolate. These two flavors dance from background to foreground.
The burn on this Alec Bradley Nica Puro is very even so far, and the salt and pepper ash is wavy. I can see every puff I’ve taken so far in the ash, like the suds rings left on a Guinness glass. There’s a dark fruit flavor coming through now that I can’t put my finger on. It has a tanginess to it that is familiar, yet fleeting. The bitter chocolate had morphed into a dusty cocoa that I usually like, but in this case I’m missing the straight up chocolate. That flavor seems to be what was giving the first half its creaminess.
Coming into the last third, some smokey whiskey flavors are showing up. There is also some harshness that might be fixed with another month or so of aging. Or I could be totally off my rocker. I just realized the band is actually a double band. The cool thing here is that the secondary band has some latitude and longitude numbers on it. When I put them into Google Maps it landed right on La Trinidad, Esteli in Nicaragua. Very nice touch. The strength is more apparent now but not overwhelming, and that flirtatious dark fruit crops up now and then. Much of the spice had dissipated, making the retro-hale all the more enjoyable.
I enjoyed all 95 minutes of this deep, dark cigar. The complexity wowed me right out of the gate, and while I don’t smoke a lot of Alec Bradley cigars, this is one I will definitely be picking up again. This would be a great smoke to give someone who is looking to delve into stronger, more full flavor cigars, but a novice might find it a touch overwhelming.
Flavor – Full
Strength – Medium
Body – Medium-Full
Construction – Excellent
The Alec Bradley Nica Puro was a very good cigar. A full-flavor treat, this cigar would please any smoker looking to light up their palate and enjoy some typical, yet unique, Nicaraguan flavors.
3.5 out of 5