Cigar aficionado will often go to great lengths to find the perfect cigar. They’ll scour cigar shops and online retailers, read reviews, and ask friends for recommendations. And while there are many great cigars out there, the cigar brand Alec Bradley is definitely one that should be on your radar.
The Alec Bradley cigar company is a premium cigar brand known for its high quality and attention to detail. The Alec Bradley Medalist is one of the brand’s most famous premium cigars and is an excellent cigar for any occasion. The cigar is handcrafted with a flawless Honduran wrapper. It has a great burn and produces a lot of smoke. The draw is perfect, and the cigar is enjoyable from start to finish.
|Wrapper Origin: Honduran||Shape: Robusto|
|Length: 5||Ring: 52|
|Wrapper: N/A||List Price: $156 (Box of 24)|
|Origin: Honduras||Strength: Full|
Appearance of Alec Bradley Medalist
The Alec Bradley Medalist cigar has a pretty elegant cigar band, which consists of a beautiful color palette that includes gold, maroon, red, and white. It has the famous Alec Bradley cigar band logo, which is the “AB,” in the middle, with its renowned crown at the top.
The logo is also placed inside an oval shape accompanied by an elegant design of small circles and stripes. The brand’s name, “Alec Bradley,” is also written at the top, and the word “Medalist” at the bottom, both written in upper case and in white font. There’s also
The band really compliments the cigar’s Honduran wrapper’s color of light brown. Speaking of, the wrapper has visible veins and minimal seams. The Alec Bradley Medalist cigar is also firm to the touch, and I detected no soft spots. Overall, it has an exquisite appearance, especially the band, which helps the cigar look elegant.
During my first third of smoking the Alec Bradley Medalist cigar, it has an ample amount of creaminess to it and smoothness. Nothing much complex on this part. There’s also a hint of cedar and a little bit of nuts. The cedar flavor overpowers the nuts, but the cigar’s creaminess is dominant. So far, it’s a light to medium-bodied level at this point. For the construction, it has a great draw and smoke output. It also burns evenly and has a lot of smoke output.
After the second third, the Alec Bradley Medalist cigar has the same flavor profile, which adds points to its consistency. The only thing that has changed is the cigar’s strength. The strength of this one is slowly building up, something that I like since I find the flavors to be a bit boring, considering that no transition has also been made. The construction of this cigar is also the same, giving me an impressive impression. The ash still holds on very well; the draw is excellent, and the burn is astoundingly even.
After my final third of smoking the Alec Bradley Medalist cigar, the flavor profile changed a bit which is something I’m happy about. The nuts flavor is something I can now taste properly. The cedar note didn’t mellow down, but it certainly gave way for the nuts to be present on the flavor profile. The sweetness and smoothness of this cigar are still present and still at the same level. While it didn’t get its full flavor peak, I’m still satisfied since they are being accompanied by a little bit of spice, something that is also present on the retro-hale. The spice is not too much, considering it’s already the final third; it’s just enough to let you know that it’s there. This cigar obviously has light-bodied flavors, but in terms of strength, it’s indeed full-bodied.
Overall, for my final thoughts, the Alec Bradley Medalist cigar is a great cigar that has good flavors. It gave me a milder experience throughout my smoking time, even if this definitely had a strength. Despite loving how the flavors transitioned to the end, I considered the flavor profile good because I expected this one to offer a little bit different or be accompanied by one or two dark flavors. In terms of creaminess, this one has that factor and smoothness. This one gives these two; although it lacks sweetness, it didn’t matter much to me, considering that other light-bodied flavors accompanied these.
I thought this cigar would fail me since it didn’t have much going on during the first and second third, but good thing something happened during the final third. Construction-wise, I can only say some of the great things about it. This cigar burns evenly; it has a great draw and produces ample smoke. The ash also holds on very well, and this cigar didn’t require me to touch it up.
The Alec Bradley Medalist cigar is a good one that I would recommend to a cigar aficionado who is looking for an everyday smoke. This one would be perfect, considering it doesn’t have many dark flavors. However, if you’re a beginner, the strength of this one might be too much for you.
I also find this cigar perfect to smoke during the morning, accompanied by a coffee. If you’re also a fan of cigars with creaminess, smoothness, cedar, nuts, and a little spice in terms of flavor, this is for you. Despite this one being slightly different from my cup of tea, I would purchase one in the future.
Moreover, the Alec Bradley Medalist cigar offers excellent construction. You won’t have to worry about having a bad draw, not much smoke output, uneven burn, and ash not holding well in smoking this one. Please keep in mind that this still depends on how you store cigars.
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