Lately I’ve felt like there have been a bunch of cigars that I’d wanted to review, but just hadn’t gotten around to. One of those cigars is the Prensado from Alec Bradley. This cigar made it’s debut in September of 2009, but it’s roots go back to 2006 when the Corojo leaf, that would one day be the wrapper, was harvested. This tobacco was aged and fermented until 2008 when Alan Rubin and his team went to work developing a blend. This process took six months and the result is the cigar I’m smoking today.
Company: Alec Bradley
Made In: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Corojo 2006 Trojes, Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua & Trojes, Honduras
Comes in: Box of 20
Vitola: Robusto (5″ x 50)
Performance was not an issue with the Prensado, the draw was perfect and burn was nearly perfect. The ash was strong and held on for approximately 2 inches. The flavor while enjoyable was a little lack luster. The cigar starts off with a blast of bitter cocoa followed up by a bond espresso flavor. The finish was dry, much like a red winde, with notes of wood. Towards the last quarter of the cigar the bitterness of the cocoa became the most dominant flavor, and signaled the proper time to lay the cigar down.
I’d recommend that you give the Alec Bradley Prensado a try. It delivers enjoyable full-bodied flavors but lacks the complexity that I’d like to have in a $9.00 cigar. That said it’s still worth a try, I know I’ll smoke more in the future.