Brand: Alec Bradley
Size: 6.2″ x 52
Wrapper: Honduras Trojes
Binder: Honduras Trojes, Indonesian Embetunada
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 3 Years
Price: $7.75 USD
Where to Purchase: Cigar.com
Being a fan of Alan Rubin’s blends I decided to pick up a handful of the Alec Bradley SCR (Special Cabinet Reserve) torpedo’s, knowing that they will be great. Unfortunately, when I first picked them up over three years ago I tried one and was very disgusted by the taste. It was harsh, flavourless and had a cigarette like profile. Because of that I decided to let them age and hope for the best.
During my last meetup with the Toronto Cigar Club I decided to finally take one of these sharply pointed sticks out my humidor and taste to see if age has benefitted them. The sticks appearance is actually quite nice, with minimal veins and tight, invisible seams. I cut the pointed cap off with my cigar scissors and was greeted with a nice open draw. The aroma was relatively feint, with only the slightest smell of tobacco. I toasted the foot and gave it a final light with my torch. The initial notes weren’t all that great, dry earth, and cigarette. This was not going as I hoped it would.
First Third (1/2) – 15 min
Thankfully this third was going by quick because I was not enjoying the flavours. The burn, draw and smoke output were fantastic, but these mean nothing if the flavours are not enjoyable. They did not change from the first third and this was starting to become more of a burden than a pleasure.
Second Third (2/3) – 15 min
The flavour profile started to mellow out here, but the flavours themselves did not change; other then a slight herby, medicinal note coming into the fold.
Final Third (3/3) – 20 min
The stick got quite hot as it approached the last inch. Whatever flavours were present started to become melded together into a mass of hot, ultimately indistinguishable smoke. I had to put the cigar down because it got way to hot to hold….thankfully it was over.
Total Smoke Time: 50 min
Overall the performance was good, but it lacked any real substance. I would be hard put to call this cigar even mediocre. I guess I can see why the SCR has been discontinued. If you gave me a blindfold, I would have most likely mistaken it for a machine-rolled, short-filler cigar from a convenience store. Overall a horrible experience and I loath having a dozen of these sticks in my humidor. Taking all these considerations into account I give the Alec Bradley SCR on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello