I’ve mentioned before that I’m always looking for great value cigars. So when I saw the Alec Bradley American Classic Blend in my local shop I was anxious to give it a try. With a price tag under five dollars for a toro this cigar definitely fits the bill but would it fit my taste.
When I finally sat down to smoke the American Classic Blend for review I decided to pour a few fingers of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel; another American classic.
Name: American Classic Blend
Company: Alec Bradley
Made in: Plasencia Factory (Esteli, Nicaragua)
Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli & Condega)
Comes in: Box of 20
Vitola: Toro (6″ x 50)
The American Classic Blend Toro has a caramel colored Connecticut wrapper grown in Honduras. The wrapper feels dry to the touch and has an almost furry texture. the cigar has an aroma of hay and wood. I could not pick up much flavor of the tight pre-light draw
Flavor & Burn
Quickly after lighting the cigar the draw opened up and allowed ample amounts of smoke to billow from both ends of the cigar. the American Classic Blend started off with a woody flavor with hints of spice that were present through the retro-hale as well as on my palate. As I smoked my way through the cigar I began to pick up mellow notes of coffee as well as sweetness that really seemed to balance out the cigar.
The cigar burned evenly from beginning to end and held an ash well over an inch long.
The Alec Bradley American Classic Blend was a pleasant mild-to-medium bodied cigar that provided a nice blend of flavors. The cigar paired well with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel but I’ve found that it pairs excellently with a cup of coffee. For me this is a cigar that is best in the morning or after a light lunch. That being said it’s still a satisfying cigar later in the day following a heavy meal. Overall I have to say that the American Classic Blend is a great value cigar that would easily fit into my regular smoking rotation.