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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Nate (nathanw13)
91
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 Sparkling water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

Lightly oiled wrapper was very smooth, with one smallish vein near the head of the cigar. Band is very nice; well applied and attractive. Pre-light draw gave hints of cocoa and sweet hay. A light toasting yielded coffee with baking spice.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar kept an incredibly straight burn line for the first and second thirds, then had to be corrected twice in the final third. No tunneling or canoing. Nice solid ash dropped off on its own about every 2". Ideal amount of smoke throughout.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The cap is well applied and blends in well with the wrapper. Cigar felt solid throughout, with the exception of a slight soft spot near the foot. Straight cut with Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter produced a lighter-than-expected Pre-light draw.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

1st inch surprised me with a blast of pepper - wasn't expecting it. After about an inch, the pepper backed off a bit and let some of that cocoa come through, as well as some baking spice.

2nd third the pepper mellowed out more and let a little cedar join in, as well as a faint sweetness in the retrohale.

Final third let some of that sweet hay join in that I got in the PLD. Cocoa still there, and a not unpleasant level of pepper.


Summary

Overall an enjoyable smoke. Great smoke production. Took me nearly 2 hours. Pepper levels were a little higher than I preferred throughout, but the flavors accompanying did not disappoint. 8/10 would smoke again.

Bonus: This cigar pairs well with Johnny Cash or BABYMETAL.



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