The Alec Bradley MAXX was released in 2006 in response to the markets demand for cigars with larger ring gauges. Then retailers and customers began asking for more traditional sizes so Alec Bradley took the same MAXX blend and released the MAXX Traditional. Just as the name suggest, these cigars are available in more traditional sizes and sold in traditional boxes of 25.
Name: MAXX Traditional
Company: Alec Bradley
Made in: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Nicaraguan, Mexican, Honduran
Comes in: Box of 25
Vitola: Corona (5 1/2″ X 43)
The wrapper on the MAXX traditional has a dark and oily appearance. Despite the appearance the cigar does not have an oily feel, in-fact I think it has a waxy feel. The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper is full of small veins and smells like a barnyard; full of hay, earth and manure. The cigar is nicely constructed with the wrapper seam being barely visible and the bunching feeling firm and even. I snipped the end with my cutter and noted a slightly tight draw. The pre-light flavor was mostly tobacco with a small hint of black pepper.
The first few puffs of this cigar were bold with hints of earth and grilled meat. The draw was still a bit tight, but that didn’t stop an abundance of thick white smoke from pouring out of the cigar. The further I got into the stick I began noting hints of fresh ground coffee. The burn was even, the ash was firm and smoke was full-bodied.
The second third brought a few changes to the cigar. The fresh ground coffee became more obvious to me as the earthy characteristics remained. I could also begin to pick up on some black pepper on the back of my palate along with some nuttiness through the retro-hale. The first ash fell off at about the 2 1/4 inch mark. The MAXX continued to burn well, as the draw steadily began to loosen.
Wow, the MAXX Traditional continues to pick up strength as I smoke. The flavors really remained the same through the final third of this cigar but they were increasingly more bold. The second ash fell after 1 1/2 inches and the draw finally hit a sweet spot with little to no resistance.
First off I think it’s great that Alec Bradley listened to the customer base and released the MAXX in traditional sizes. It’s interesting to see how the size of the cigar really makes a difference in how different smokers react to a cigar. I was never a big fan of the original MAXX line, however, this MAXX Traditional line-up is much more my speed. Especially the Corona, which I found to be an enjoyable cigar that built in strength and body throughout the entire smoking experience. I think it’s well worth the $5 if you’re looking for a solid full-bodied cigar with just a little complexity.