The Alec Bradley Coyol Cigar Pays Respect To A Honduran Tobacco FarmCigars are often used to pay homage to someone, an area or event, and the Alec Bradley Coyol continues this tradition. This smoke shows its respect to the Honduran farm responsible for growing the stick’s tobacco. Its introduction was at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show and reviewers agree that it needs a couple weeks in a humidor. But once it does, it really takes off, with a diverse combination of flavor and sharp performance. That probably explains why the cigar was bought up quickly upon its initial release.

The blend consists of a Honduran wrapper grown in Trojes area, two binders from Jalapa, Nicaragua and Trojes, and fillers from Trojes, Esteli and Condega. In all, it’s a blend sourced from the most respected areas for tobacco growing. The Alec Bradley Coyol is available in six vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 52), Belicoso (5 1/2 x 58), Toro (6 x 52), Gordo (6 x 60), Petit Lancero (6 1/2 x 41) and Double Churchill (7 x 58). The stick has an interesting color to it, with flecks of red and light brown slashing over a dark chocolate brown backdrop. The band is a red, gold, vanilla and black circle, featuring the name of the cigar and the iconic “AB” in the center. Reviewers detected a lot of flavors on the pre-light draw, including hay, spice, cedar, cherry, espresso, black pepper and cocoa. 

The initial third of the Alec Bradley Coyol starts off with some hints of chocolate and lulls an aficionado into a relaxed state before launching into some intense red pepper. The red pepper doesn’t last long, but it is strong enough to get a smoker’s attention. Once the red pepper fades some cream, spice, cinnamon, cedar, coffee, leather and earth flavors rush to the forefront. The earth and cedar are the dominant tastes, but each flavor is noticeable.

In the second-third, some aficionados found that the flavors take on an unusual edge. The initial note is a Rainer cherry that imparts a little fruity sweetness into the profile. Other notes include a creaminess that’s similar to condensed milk, a Ceylon cinnamon flavor, a caramel note that tastes a little like butterscotch and a cocoa that doesn’t fit into dark or milk. It’s a challenging third that will test an aficionado’s palate.

During the last third, reviewers agreed that the profile slows down a bit, likely due to extra tobacco stuffed in this part of the cigar. The Alec Bradley Coyol reintroduces the red pepper, and it provides a slight surge of heat that complements the dark earth and cinnamon well. The cream and cocoa are still present, but both take on a secondary role. Reviewer's state that the stick finishes warm and smooth, offering a flourish before it goes out for good.

Most aficionados considered the cigar medium bodied throughout, though it hovers around medium-full in the final third. The burn is nice and sharp, and though the draw is a touch loose in sports, it gets the job done. The focus of the profile, though, is a unique flavor combination that does justice to the Honduran farm.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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