Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo Cigar Review

Review of Alec Bradley Project 40

The Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo cigar is a premium quality smoke that features a flavorful blend of Tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Panama, and is included in Alec Bradleys experimental series. This cigar is handcrafted with a beautiful dark brown wrapper and delivers a medium to full body smoke with notes of sweet vanilla, almond, a hint of toffee caramel, and spiciness.

Alec Bradley is a company that is known for producing some of the best cigars on the market. The Project 40 Gordo is no exception and it definitely lives up to the Alec Bradley name. This cigar is a perfect cigar for any occasion, a must-try for all cigar enthusiasts, and is sure to please even the most discerning cigar aficionado.

I sat in my backyard of this nice fall day to enjoy this cigar. The leaves on the trees are turning red and orange, but about half are still green. It’s warm enough to be outside with a hoody and enjoy this.

Wrapper Origin: NicaraguanShape: Gordo
Length: 6Ring: 60
Wrapper: NicaraguaList Price: $156 (Box of 24)
Origin: HondurasStrength: Full

Appearance of Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo

The Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo cigar wrapper is dark brown in color with a slight oil sheen on the surface. The wrapper looks rough but is smooth to the touch with no visible imperfections. The cigar is firm to the touch with no give when squeezed. The cap is well applied with no cracks or fraying.

The cigar is a handsome-looking smoke, with a simple but elegant two-band around the cigar. The first band features the name of the brand in capital letters and in a small font, placed in a black-like shape, that encircles around the cigar as well. Above it is the number “40,” set on an oval-shaped gold background, and on top of it is the word “Project.”

The first band is also comprised of a white background with accents of gold and black. In addition, it has a hidden message across it about making people understand as to why cigars have a positive impact on the mind and body.

For the second band, it is in the color blue, and the phrase “Experimental Series” was written in it in all capital letters too. Both of the bands look very classy as the colors of both complimented with each other.

Smoking Experience

When I first grabbed the Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo cigar, I first noticed its smell, as it gives a strong hay aroma to it. After lighting it up, the dominant flavor is the sweetness of its vanilla note, which is different from the previous Alec Bradley I’ve tried before. It also has a hint of almond flavor, and the sweetness of its vanilla note can be mistaken for toffee caramel because, at some point, it transitioned to that same flavor.

After my first third of the cigar, the sweet vanilla note was still there as well as the hint of almond, but this time, it was joined by a cinnamon flavor and a kick of spice on the back end, but not too overwhelming. There’s also a subtle earth, hay-like flavor, just like what I detected with its smell. The flavor notes are good so far, and they blend with each other very well.

While I smoke, I’m listening to an audiobook I recently downloaded: Team Spirit. It’s about captaining a sailboat with a team of people with mixed-experience. It’s an exciting book to listen to, since I just started sailing this year. The stories of what happens out in the ocean, and how someone got hurt bad very early, really puts the dangers of crossing an ocean into perspective.

The flavor didn’t change much for my second third, meaning they’re still the same flavors as my first third. What did change was their intensity; on this part, the flavors became much more tasty and present, giving a punch. The spiciness is also present on the retro-hale, which will be overwhelming if you’re not into spicy since it’s quite strong. The cigar burn is pretty good, as well as the draw, although I felt a bit of resistance but not too bothering.

The cigar has held up pretty well. I was getting really into my audiobook and forgot to draw for a while. The cigar almost went out, but I was able to get it going again with a few long pulls.

For my final third, the cigar’s flavor maintained through, and I didn’t get much of a transition. The same flavor notes are present, but some of the flavor notes got a little bit muted, almost bland which is disappointing since I expected the flavors to peak at this part. It started off far better than what it is now. Still, for an excellent price, it has exciting flavors already that anyone would love to taste.


Overall, the Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo cigar has the perfect burn and draw, although the ash fell off a little early than I anticipated. It produces a lot of smoke which, at the same time, smells really good.

Its flavor profile gives delicious notes of sweet vanilla, almond, a hint of toffee caramel, and spiciness, which the latter is present on the retro-hale. I like the fact that the flavor is consistent all throughout; however, I got a bit disappointed with its flavor intensity.

In my final third, almost all of the flavors got slightly muted when I expected them to peak. While there’s not much flavor transition present, I still enjoyed it, and for its price, you are already getting a great cigar coming from Alec Bradley, which is one of the most well-known cigar brands in today’s time.

The Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo is a good cigar. It’s packed with great flavors, and it’s sure to please even the most discerning of smokers. If you’re looking for a full-bodied cigar that is packed with flavor that will maintain through, then the Alec Bradley Project 40 Gordo is the cigar for you.

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Glyn Caddell

Glyn Caddell