Alec Bradley Prensado Review - 96 rated by Cigar Afficianado

 

 
So I came into reviewing the Alec Bradley Pensado with pretty high expectations. It's rated 96 on cigar Afficianado which is the highest rating of any cigar I've ever smoked. As many of you know, I'm on a chocolate finding journey and so when one of the notes was mentioned as chocolate and the churchill version was rated  96, you know I had to try this cigar!

Pre-lit

Alec Bradley Prensado Pre-lit

Pre-lit this cigar smells like chocolate which gives me a lot of hope in my journey to find a cigar that says chocolate, but also tastes like chocolate. Little bit of leather and spice as well.

1st Third

Alec Bradley Prensado First Third

Well, there is no chocolate in the first third, which disappointed me a bit. The over-arching flavor profile is definitely leather and spice. Smoke and draw are really good and the flavor is on the stronger side, maybe a 4/5 on the richness scale.

2nd Third

Alec Bradley Prensado 2nd Third

The second third switches the profile a bit to cedar, though the leather is still present. More spice than the first third.

Last Third

Alec Bradley Prensado Last Third

The end of the second and into the third is really the best part of this cigar. The aftertaste has notes of the chocolate I was seeking, although subtle. The flavor profiles switches to a primary oaky taste, again more as an after-taste than a primary taste when you draw on the cigar. The retrohale technique is really where it's at on this part of the cigar, allowing you to really draw in the flavor. Give it 1 minute between draws to let the cigar settle down.  

Ash / Burn / Smoke / Draw

The smoke plumes are perfect, the burn is perfect. For a 96 rated cigar all these are expected and the cigar didn't disappoint. The draw is really just the perfect amount. 

Final Thoughts

Alec Bradley Tasting Notes Worksheet

This cigar is an absolute staple in your cigar Journey. It's kind of a famous cigar and has been aging for a long time. Being rated so highly by so many people, it's one of those smokes that you just have to try.

Cigar Stats

Cigar Alec Bradley Prensado
Wrapper Corona 2006 Honduran
Tobacco Binder/Filler Honduran, Nicaragua
Factory Honduran 
Size Corona Gorda
Strength Medium
Pairing Drink Zevia Cola (found at Costco)
Rating 4.3/5

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