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Alec Bradley Prensado

thumbnail_IMG_7177The Alec Bradley Prensado, Robusto cigar is coming in at a 5x 50 ring. The Prensado is made in the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras and utilizes a good amount of Honduran tobacco from Trojes. The Trojes region is located in the Southern part of Honduras.

Visually the Alec Bradley Prensado is like a piece of cigar art. The wrapper has a dark chocolate look to it. The wrapper is somewhat oily and smooth with virtually no veins in sight. It is well packed with no soft spots as well as being box pressed. The aroma on the foot is a combination of cedar and coffee. The wrapper gives off a strong barnyard aroma.

For my Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto, I used my a Colibri V-cut to open up the cap. With the pre-light draw the dry draw notes provided me with flavors of leather, coffee, and chocolate. Overall I considered the pre-light flavors to be enjoyable. The first draw after lighting provided me with a quick shot of pepper.  The pepper would settle quickly though and join with the notes of leather and coffee. The leather and coffee have quickly surfaced as the primary flavors of this cigar. By the end of the first third of the smoking experience, I detected some hints of nut in the finish.

During the second third of the Prensado, I detected a sour citrus in the background for a little bit. Eventually these citrus notes were replaced by some cedar spices. The cedar spices fused with the pepper note.  For the remainder of the cigar experience, the Prensado was highlighted by notes of leather, coffee, nut and spice. At no point while smoking the last half of the cigar none of the notes would overshadow the others. The finish was smooth and there were no harsh notes. The resulting nub was cool and soft.

In the end, not the most complex flavor profile, but some good flavor and definitely a dessert cigar that would go really well with a nice cup of coffee and chocolate cake. The cigar was a solid medium body cigar and the burn was close to perfect and razor sharp. My overall opinion on this cigar is that it gets a 4 star out of 5 Construction is impeccable. The flavors were very enjoyable with a solid Medium on the body. Not too much strength at least for me. I would buy another given the chance.

Review by Distinguished Ruffian member @mouthwash_cologne

Wrapper: Trojes, Honduras

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Trojes, Honduras, Nicaragua

Size for Review: Robusto 5×50

Taste: Full body.

Website: www.alecbradley.com

Price: Around $10.00 depending on location.

Rating: 4 out of 5 pints.

CigarFly.Com

IMG_7623Howdy folks! I know, I know… its been a while since you’ve heard from me, and for that I apologize, but let me tell y’all about an awesome new (at least to me) website that the fellas at ruffian HQ stumbled upon. The site is cigarfly.com and let me tell ya, to me, the concept is absolutely magnificent. What they do is find out your personal taste profile by asking you about different notes that you enjoy in your cigar. The categories are fruit, sweet, spice, floral flavor, earthy tones, and strength. Once you’ve established that, you then decide which package you would like to receive, your choices are standard (35.00 USD), deluxe (45.00 USD), and premium (55.00 USD), with you receiving a pack of five cigars in any pack you choose. From there, all you do is place your order and watch the mailbox like a kid come Christmas time. For those of you that are really unsure, they also give you a cigar advisor whom is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I personally am thoroughly impressed with the simplicity and accuracy of this small business, you get what you want, when you want it, and the cigars are randomly selected so it broadens your horizons in the overwhelmingly vast cigar realm. The random selection kind of made me have an epiphany about the stigma of having to buy a big name brand to get a quality, enjoyable smoke. Now don’t get me wrong, they still do supply some of the big names, as well as some excellent boutique cigars.

 

IMG_7624They are located in Arizona, but don’t let that scare you. They must keep a really excellent humidor because my cigars came in well seasoned and ready to go. The package is shipped with a humidification pack as to keep them with the quality they look to put out during the shipping process. As far as the wait goes, your package will generally get there within 3-5 days depending on the day of the week that you order. Upon opening my package, I was surprised and impressed by personal hand written card thanking me for being a valued customer, and to me, it’s those little things that really push my satisfaction meter through the roof. I gotta tell ya, I have to give this company a 5 pint out of 5 rating based on my personal experience. You will be hard pressed to find the value, personalization, and quality that I received anywhere else. Don’t believe me? Head on over to cigarfly.com and check them out, also stay tuned to our Instagram feed for my next review of the cigars themselves coming very soon. This is Turk signing off, and as always… be a ruffian, and stay distinguished. Peace

 

Website: CigarFly.com

 

Price Range: $35.00 – $55.00 (Distinguished Ruffian members get 20% off all orders.)

 

Rating: 5 pints out of 5

Turks Take on The Perdomo 12 Year

IMG_2655-2Greetings Distinguished Ruffians! Turk here to give you my two cents on Perdomo Cigars double aged vintage 12 year. The folks over at Perdomo describe the line of cigars as “ A blend of Perdomos finest and most cherished 12 year old fillers, binders, and wrappers, carefully bale aged for ten years and then barrel aged for an additional two years”. That’s right, they barrel aged them in bourbon barrels. This both surprised and intrigued me because I personally had never heard of doing such a process, maybe with beer, but with cigars? Two words came to mind, GAME CHANGER. Enough small talk, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this review, shall we?

The cigar comes in three different wrappers, Sun Grown, Connecticut, and Maduro and also four different sizes, 5×56 Robusto, 6×56 epicure, 7×56 Churchill, and the 6.5×60 Gordo extra. I myself went with the Connecticut 5×56 Robusto. The IMG_2656construction of the cigar was very smooth, with little to no veins and a tight wrap. Before I lit up I gave it a good sniff.  I got scents of bourbon ( of course ) and a very faint almost creamy caramel smell from it, but it still smelled like a “ normal “ cigar as well, meaning that the sweet and bourbon like smell didn’t overpower the tobacco. We all know that some cigars smoke differently.  Some cigars can start out great then get an uneven and difficult pull.  Some cigars can fight you the whole way through. Then there are some that just pull perfectly. This definitely fell into category 3.  It didn’t take much to get the cigar lit, or to keep it going.  Sometimes I would have five-minute intervals between puffs and it would cherry up with no problem. The amount of smoke that I got from just a regular puff was amazing and caught me off guard initially.  Say what you want about me, but I absolutely love a huge cloud of smoke bellowing around me while I’m partaking in a cigar. The flavor of the cigar was equal parts smooth and stout with just enough sweetness for one to notice, I actually was expecting it to be much sweeter than it was and was oh so delighted that it wasn’t. I’d have to say the flavor stayed the same all the way thru the cigar ( I actually nubbed it! ).  It was a pleasant surprise that is tough to find in a lot of cigars.

Overall, I could easily and without a doubt say that the Perdomo 12 year is a “go to“ cigar for when you are in a hurry to get out the door and need to grab a stick, it is guaranteed to please both the novice and seasoned smoker alike. It’s sure to pair well with your favorite beer, wine, or spirit, and for me was a pleasant post meal smoke. It truly stunned me at how versatile this stick is. So if you’re lucky enough to come across one of these bad boys at your local smoke shop go ahead and pick one up. The price is around $11.00 for one stick (price varies slightly depending on size and wrapper) and about $264.00 for a box of 24. I am certain you won’t be disappointed.

Turk signing off, and as always ladies and gents, stay Distinguished but… be a Ruffian. Cheers.

 

Brand: Perdomo Cigars

 

Website: www.perdomocigars.com

 

Rating: 4.5 pints out of 5