Archive for September 28, 2011

Alec Bradley – Black Market

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 28, 2011 by Gus

Size: 6 x 50 Toro 

Wrapper:  Nicaragua

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panama, Honduras

Made in: Honduras

Strength: Medium

Price: $8.00

The other day, while I was browsing at the humidors of my local B&M, my attention was caught right away by the interesting yet unique cigar box of the new Alec Bradley – Black Market. I grabbed a few sticks and I have to say… I was impressed.

Half way they are covered by a recycled type paper sleeve. It came off (from each one that I smoked for this review) easily leaving behind a simple thin band, that was positioned in the middle of the cigar. The dark oily wrapper has a nice silky texture without any ugly big veins or any visible blemishes. It’s packed generously with tobacco and no bumps or soft spots were detected. The smell on the body of the stogie is a little different… similar I would say, to the one from the paper sleeve. From the foot I only got a faint tobacco aroma. The cold draw is perfect for my liking, not too loose or too tight.


I lit one up in a second with a single match and the aroma that was coming while I was toasting its foot, reminded me of a Cuban cigar. The first puffs are mild with just a touch of spice that is very well balanced with some nutty flavors and a hint of cedar. The Black Market after the mid-point becomes sweeter. The spice picks up and is definitely more distinct and the initial wood notes are now becoming more pronounced.

The Alec Bradley – Black Market kept me company for a little over an hour. It burnt like a champ – producing thick clouds of smoke and long gold-grayish ashes.

Overall, in my opinion is a good smoke; it didn’t wow me, but I thought it was interesting and I was left wondering if it has what it takes to make the list of “The best cigars of 2011”.


Note: This was my last review at Mikes Stogies. No, I didn’t get fired or hired by another blog – don’t believe the rumors.

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