Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto + Giveaway by Jacob Krell
Size: 50 X 5
Wrapper: Corojo dos mil seis (Corojo 2006)
Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Behind The Stick:
Ok, I know my last review was of the Alec Bradley Tempus. Some of you may wonder what gives with another AB review. Well, I have a nice little Alec Bradley giveaway I canï¿½t wait to send to one of our readers who comments on this review. Details will be at the end of the review. Today I am presenting to you the Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto. Prensado comes in five vitollas: Corona Gorda, Robusto, Churchill, Gran Toro, and Torpedo. The wrapper was grown in late 2006 and was fermented and aged through mid 2008. Alec Bradley spent 6 months working on the blend for this cigar. Prensado is Alec Bradleyï¿½s most full bodied cigar to date and their first traditional pressed line of cigars.
The wrapper is reddish/brown and slightly oily. Some small veins can be seen throughout the wrapper. The Prensado was firm with a slight give when squeezed and somewhat softer at the foot which I find to be normal in most box pressed cigars. The triple cap is well done and looks perfect. Prensado features an oversized band that looks great and makes it stand out. I do not know if my photographs will reveal this but when you look at the foot you notice the different colors of the filler tobaccos mixed together.
The cigar has a sweet tobacco and cedar aroma before lighting. The first 1/3 of the cigar is very smooth with a hint of cocoa and some spice. The burn started a little off but self corrected. The ash is white and grey striped and held for 1 ï¿½ inches before I knocked it off which took some effort. After knocking the ash off I noticed the cigar had a nice cone burn going. 2/3 in the cigar had some serious pepper flavor picking up. I experienced a woody, sweet, cedar taste with a hint of coffee flavor. The final 3/3 of the cigar was very smooth with a hint of spiciness. The flavor finished off with a very nice cedar and cocoa flavors. After a rough start the cigar burned perfectly to the nub.
I really enjoyed the Alec Bradley Tempus and we all know the high ratings it received. The Alec Bradley Prensado also received a high rating yet came in right below the Tempus. While I really enjoyed both cigars I would definitely place the Prensado above the Tempus in my personal opinion. I loved this cigar from start to finish. I found it to have the flavors that I enjoy plus the complexity and fullness to keep you guessing. Just when you think you have the flavors figured out here comes a change. This cigar has so much going on and is a fantastic smoke. I canï¿½t wait to add a box of these to my humidor. If you havenï¿½t tried one yet I highly recommend that you try one soon. For more information on this cigar and others available from Alec Bradley please visit www.alecbradley.com.
~Contest: Up for grabs is a wonderful Alec Bradley prize package. You have no idea how hard it is for me to part with some of these sticks. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. The prize pack includes an Alec Bradley Hendrix lighter, AB Prensado Robusto 50X5, AB Tempus Terra Nova 50X5, AB Family Blend 50X5 ï¿½ ï¿½VR1ï¿½, and an AB Special Blend 50X7 1/4 . A random winner will be chosen from all comments received.