Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Mild – Medium
Last night I was hoping to get in a pair or reviews. The idea was to start off with something mild then move on to something stronger so that the flavors wouldn’t be too conflicting. I wound up only having time to have one cigar. The cigar I went with was an Alec Bradley -“ Havana Sungrown, Robusto size.
Like the last cigar I reviewed, this was received by trade with a fellow club stogie member. This cigar is very light in color and is wrapped with a very suiting red gold, and white label.
I pulled off the cello and started to look over the cigar. The texture was firm and the cigar seemed to be constructed well. I cut the end with my v-cutter and had no trouble with the cap. I checked the pre-light draw and it was good.
I lit the cigar without any problems but I noticed I was having some burn issues. It looked as though there was a void in the cigar. The burn took off running up one side of the cigar in a very thin pattern. I was rotating and trying to touch up the opposite side to correct it, but nothing seemed to work.
The radical burn corrected itself within an inch of smoking and all was well. The flavor was very light. I was having a bit of trouble distinguishing anything smoking the cigar in the typical fashion, I had to release the smoke through my sinuses in order to get distinguishable flavors. There were definite hints of nuts, along with a leathery aroma.
The cigar was very consistent and enjoyable overall. The flavor slowly increased as the cigar burned on, which made the flavors more noticeable. When the flavors picked up there were some definite hints of salt in addition to other flavors.
Although this was a mild smoke to start, by the time it was finished it was more of a medium flavor. The flavors seemed complex and enjoyable throughout. This would be a great cigar for a new smoker to try, however I had a hard time tracking one down for further information. The only place I visited that carried them was Mr. Bundles.
My review sheet can be found below.
7 thoughts on “Alec Bradley – Havana Sungrown”
Any info on country of origin?
Not much info on this one. This is what i came accross
“Previously known as Occidental Havana Sun Grown this is basically the same blend. Created and manufactured by the highly respected Hendrik Kelner debuting in 2001. Medium to full body flavor featuring a unique sun grown wrapper from Ecuador.”
Nothing on the country of origin though
Cigarcyclopedia says this is made in the DR, with a “sun-grown wrapper from Ecuador using hybrid seeds that marry characteristics of both Piloto Cubano and Connecticut tobaccos.” A Connecticut binder and filler from the DR and Peru. I had one about six months ago that I liked pretty well. …I just found your site, and I’ll definitely be back! The review sheet is great. Thanks guys.
Thanks for the info. I forgot all about the cigar cylopedia. I picked one up a couple of months back and its been a great resource. I guess this is a sign that ive been neglecting it as of late.
Im glad you like the site. Thanks for your support.
Jeez…I just got the cigarcyclopedia a few weeks back myself. I guess I could’ve looked it up myself.
Cigarfan – welcome to the site. Glad you enjoy it! Let us know if there is a particular cigar you’d like Walt or I to review.
I love this cigar! I bought it purely by chance because I wanted to buy a box of “something fun to smoke”. I really spent my money well on this one, not to mention you can’t beat the 90 rating from Cigar Aficianado!
I got a box off of Thompson’s Auction some time back. Great smoke and at that time, for a great price. I’m always looking for more.