Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Source : bought at local shop
Welcome to this weeks review of the Alec Bradley Nica Puro. You should be able to tell by the name that this is a Nicaraguan puro that comes in six sizes, Bajito (4.2×52), Churchill (7×50), Gordo (6.2×60), Robusto (5×50), Toro (6×52) and a Torpedo (6.2×54). Price point ranges from $6.75 to $8.50 for singles and $135 to $170 for boxes, at MSRP. I am smoking the toro size for this review.
Giving this Alec Bradley Nica Puro the once over and it is a nice looking stick with nothing notable standing out in the way of construction nor wrapper problems. Wrapper gives off a slight barnyard while the is a sweet coffee on cold draw and sweet tobacco on the foot. I used the Xikar VX v-cutter a very generous viewer sent me along with the Alec Bradley Burner lighter he also sent, to light it (also sent a massive amount of cigars and blew my front porch the shreds. THANK YOU for everything!).
First thing I notice about this Alec Bradley Nica Puro is how clean it tastes. Really gives a nice feel with the creamy smoke, pepper, spice, sweet coffee and wood tastes that are all present right from the get go. After about an inch the sweet coffee and wood start to mingle a bit more with the spice and the pepper taste drops off quite a bit. Cigar is about a low medium at this point. Pepper has now taken over for the spice tastes here at the end of the first third while the creaminess and other flavors are staying consistent.
Heading into the second third of this Alec Bradley Nica Puro with the cigar building just a bit to the solid medium range with a full onslaught of flavor including pepper, wood and sweet coffee. Smoke is still surprisingly creamy, which for me, doesn’t happen in a whole lot of Nicaraguan puros. At the end of the second third and the cigar is still hanging in the medium range with full flavors at every corner. Smoke has a little less of the creamy texture and more of a bite to it at this point along with the spice becoming a little more prevalent and the sweetness of the coffee going away rapidly. Coffee is still there, just not a sweet one. Wood flavor is the dominant taste at this point but not by much over the others. I will also not that in one I smoked i got some citrus taste in the second third through the end but I have not picked up on that in this stick as of yet.
Into the final third of the Alec Bradley Nica Puro and with it being a solid medium body and full flavor cigar, I am very much enjoying it to this point. We shall see if the flavors stay consistent through the end or not. Into the abyss goes this cigar to join the many others. Flavors stayed nice through the end with the wood really coming to the forefront along with the spice and coffee. Stayed medium body which is a great plus for me.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I can see a box purchase in my future as this cigar is perfect any time of the day for me. Great flavor is always a plus for a cigar and with the creaminess in the beginning it helped just that much more.
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