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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: McBryde
90
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member klamm143 (Kevin).  The cigar provided for this round is the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill.

The Hype: Introducing, Prensado....a rich a redolent handmade guaranteed to satisfy. This exquisite handmade employs a special Trojes Corojo wrapper grown in Honduras and a flavorful blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran, and more Trojes long-fillers. Expect a bold and eventful blend that brings interesting flavors in spades. Buttery-smooth notes of deep, rich nuances including roasted flavors, coffee, and a dash of sweet red pepper. 96-rated and impressively built, that's Alec Bradley Prensado.

In addition to being named the Top Cigar of 2011, Alec Bradley Prensado received an unheard of, 96-point rating, noting, "The Alec Bradley Prensado is as gorgeous a cigar as you’ll ever see, with a picture-perfect head and a stunning wrapper. But it is the flavor that makes it a classic. The Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos come together to create leather, chocolate and spice notes, and a long, lush finish."


Length:
7
Ring Gauge:
48
Country Manufactured:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Corojo
Honduras
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Churchill

This cigar was enjoyed with Sweet Tea

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

It was a perfect, dark brown wrapper, with an oily sheen to it. There was only one small vein in it. It was firm to the squeeze, and had no soft spots in it. The pre-light aroma was a deep, meaty tobacco smell, that smelled very good.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The burn was razor sharp through the first third, then got a little wanky on it, as it wandered on one side, then the other through the second third. It finally ran its course, and straightened back out during the last third. The burn rate was nice and slow, with a dark grey ash that held on a long while. The amount of smoke that came out of this thing was quite a bit, even making me take note how much there was a few times during the smoke.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The construction of the cigar was great, although about halfway through the cigar, a piece of leaf started to roll up off of the cigar. It was the piece that was outside of the little vein that was present. Other than that, it was a nicely constructed cigar.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar was not an overwhelmingly strong cigar, I would have called it a heavy medium. It did not have the bite of most strong cigars, but had more of just a strong tobacco flavor to it that was pleasing.

The first third was characterized mostly by woody and almonds finishing with a bitter chocolate taste.

The second third lost all of the bitterness that it had in the first third, which was nice. It had more hints of chocolate and wood, that turned into an earthy caramel flavor.

The last third was a lot like the second, there wasn't much change there. It was a pleasant smoke though, with a good flavor and lots of smoke!

Summary

I am not a big AB fan, but this is one of their cigars that I will smoke more of. It had a good flavor to it, and produced lots of smoke. I was pleasantly surprised by how this cigar turned out compared to some of the other AB sticks I have tried in the past.



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