Brand: Alec Bradley
Line: American Sun Grown
Size: 6 1/8″ X 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown Habano
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 2 Years
Price: $4.72 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
Recovering from my previous review of the Alec Bradley SCR, I decided to recharge my palate with another Alec Bradley, but one that is not so vile. Rather, this American Sun Grown torpedo is the total opposite of vile, it is remarkably delicious and it lives up to the quality that I expect from AB.
I purchased a box of these delicious sticks from Cigar Chief over two years ago and they have been sitting and aging in my humidor since. I decided that since today was a nice day I would take one of these dark beauty’s for a spin. The cigar sports a chocolatey brown wrapper with few veins and tight seams. I cut the cap off with my table guillotine and, as I expected, it had a great draw. The notes that came off the stick were sweet and dry. I toasted and lit the foot with a cedar spill and was greeted by a nice bouquet of cocoa, espresso and hay.
First Third (1/3) – 20 min
Thankfully those beautiful notes that I got on the first light persisted into the first third. The cocoa and espresso flavours complimented each other very well, as did the leather which was subtle, yet present on what was a very long finish. The burn was remaining razor sharp and the smoke output was perfect. It definitely was a full-bodied smoke, but it did not have any strength kick to it (thankfully).
Second Third (2/3) – 15 min
The second third passed by a little faster then I had anticipated, but I think that was because I was smoking it a little too fast; perhaps because the flavours were so delectable! This was certainly a stick with dessert like flavours. This third in particular produced those flavours in abundance. Notes of toffee, and nutmeg came into the fold and the leather started to diminish. The finish remained long and the burn stayed razor sharp.
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
Unfortunately the cigar got hot and mushy as it got close to the middle of the final third. The smoke output remained voluptuous, but the smoke raised in temperature as well. Eventually the smoke became unbearable and I had to put it down. The last flavours I was able to distinguish were sweet spice and toffee, with coffee notes on the finish.
Total Smoke Time: 50 min
Alec bradley produced another classic cigar that is great for later in the afternoon or after a hearty dinner. Fortunately, you could smoke this cigar on an empty stomach without any worry about a nicotine buzz, but keep in mind that the sticks have been given 2 years of age. The draw and smoke output were great and the flavour profile was likewise delicious. Taking these considerations into account I give the Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Torpedo on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello