Cigar: Alec Bradley Harvest Selection ’97
B&M Retail: $5/cigar
First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever had an Alec Bradley cigar that I didn’t like. Alan Rubin, who makes the Alec Bradley line, is one of the most intelligent and most respectful men I’ve ever met in the cigar industry. The care that he takes and the energy that he puts into his cigars is what makes them such great smokes, and the price points on them make them amazing values – the Harvest ’97 is no exception.
The 1997 designation celebrates Alan Rubin’s year of entry into the cigar industry, where he started with his first cigar the Occidental Reserve. Since then, Alec Bradley cigars have become a staple of the industry, consistently receiving high ratings and great reviews.
Construction: The construction of the cigar is typically flawless. The wrapper has a beautiful oily sheen with subtle veining and lines. As you’d imagine from first sight, the cigar burned perfectly throughout without requiring relight or correction.
Draw: The draw was very smooth with an enjoyable, creamy texture. It’s one of those cigars I call a “goldilocks”, where the smoke texture isn’t too heavy or too airy, it’s just right.
Flavor: The flavor on this cigar was nicely complex. It has a spicy undertone characteristic of Nicaraguan tobacco, but with the mellowed and fuller flavors of cacao, coffee, a subtle leathery aroma, and an oak flavor that paired very well with my dark lager beer. A characteristic nutty undertone reminded me of almonds.
For the price, this cigar is a ridiculous value. As an exercise, take the band off and hand it to your friends. They’ll smoke it and I’m sure they’ll guess the price point around $7-$8 in a store, but you can get it online for around $2.50 a stick! At that price, this cigars easily makes my list of top value cigars.
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