Alec Bradley Nica Puro Gordo Cigar Reviews OnlineThe Alec Bradley Nica Puro is new ground for Bradley’s company, which is remarkable given their experience in the industry. Even though the boutique has been in business since 1996, it has never produce a Nicaraguan puro, until now. This stick was announced at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show and released this year. Even though it has only been around for a few months, it is already generating excellent buzz among aficionados. This is primarily due to its perfect realization of what a Nicaraguan blend should offer in flavor.

The wrapper is a Habano, and it along with the binder and filler are produced from Nicaraguan plants. This stick is available in six vitolas, including Bajito (4 1/4 x 52), Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52), Gordo (6 1/4 x 60), Torpedo (6 1/4 x 54) and Churchill (7 x 50). The wrapper on the Alec Bradley Nica Puro is milk chocolate in color and coarse to the touch. It also has a slightly oily feel and a few veins are visible. The banding on this stogie is a work of art. It is double banded, but one overlays the other, so it appears to be a single band. The top band is colorful and has the brand logo centered in red and white. Above it is the name of the stogie in white and black. The lettering is surrounded by a gold rim and floral ornamentation. The bottom band is a floral pattern with lettering that references the location of Esteli and the year it was founded. Reviewers considered the references to Esteli to be a classy touch.

Reviewers noted that the pre-lit draw produced leather, chocolate, earth and some pepper notes. Once lit, the first third of the Alec Bradley Nica Puro evoked some of these same notes. It opens up with a tasty combination of white pepper and cocoa. Before long, these flavors are accompanied by an earthy taste that has some dampness to it. The cocoa soon fades into the background while the pepper and earth surge to the front. About an inch into the stick, natural tobacco notes emerge and also become a dominant taste. Before the first third is out, a nutty flavor joins the earth and pepper in the foreground while the tobacco fades back with the cocoa.

During the second third of the stogie, the pepper and earth are still the dominant flavors. They are joined by the nutty taste, while the tobacco and cocoa notes stay in the background. This flavor profile holds until the end of the Alec Bradley Nica Puro, though some aficionados also detected some spice that darted in and out until the nub.

Strong construction is a major point this boutique emphasizes, so it’s no surprise that it does well on burn and draw
. The Alec Bradley Nica Puro is considered a medium to full smoke in both strength and body. Many reviewers found that some aging brought out the flavors even more, so it is a good stick for the humidor. This stogie should appeal to anyone who appreciates a Nicaraguan blend, because it represents everything that’s best about the country’s tobacco.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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