Wrapper : Nicaraguan Candela
Binder : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran and Panamanian
Source : Bought at Genuine Tobacco
Hello again my friends, it has been a while. Today I have for you the Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan. I have been wanting to review this cigar for a long time now but the stars never lined up to get it done until now. This is a limited edition cigar that comes in 22 count boxes and retails for $8 a stick. Only 2000 boxes were produced.
Starting off by taking this huge band off the bottom of this Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan and I am met with a bit of a wrapper tear and another blemished area that was hidden under that huge honkin band. Hopefully I will be able to burn right through it. After taking the big band off you are left with a tiny middle band with a cute shamrock on it. Sniffing the wrapper and I do not really smell anything at all while the foot gives a tobacco scent and the cold draw gives me wood and candy coated chocolate. Fired it up with the Alec Bradley “The Burner” lighter (thank you anonymous friend who bombed the hell out of me, I will return the favor one of these days, somehow!)
Starting off this Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan and I am met with a nice helping of spice, wood, chocolate and some vanilla right off the bat. It is not a super mild cigar but somewhere between mild and medium right now.
It doesn’t take long to get to the wrapper blemished area and the cigar is swelling up and cracking a bit. I am still hopeful it will straighten itself out and should be able to tell by the end of the first third if any problems will persist. Still some mice flavors with the spice being dominant along with a wood and vanilla.
At about the halfway point and flavors are still very nice. Getting a nice spice component with a wood background and still get that vanilla taste every now and again. Cigar is in the medium range with full flavor at this point.
Heading into the second half of this Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan with real nice flavors so far and the smoke is getting a bit of a creamy texture to it at this point.
Getting to the end and the cigar is giving off more of a creaminess and the vanilla taste has picked up. Still has a wood component to it along with some spice but the spice has drifted off a lot an was taken over by the vanilla taste. I would say it is full body and flavor at this point but nothing overpowering.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I would not smoke them daily but for a change of pace it is a great smoke that will keep our attention. Don’t be afraid of a candela wrapper as they are nothing like they used to be. I am looking forward to more candela cigars to be released at this caliber.
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