With the Alec Bradley Prensado, you need to begin the journey in a small town in Honduras. The town is around 65 kilometers from the bustling cigar cigar of Danli, and it is called Las Trojes. The town lies on the Honduran Nicaraguan border and is surrounded with rich tobacco fields. Alan Rubin was visiting the village in 2006 and smoked a beautiful dark wrapper leaf from the region that was Corojo 2006 seed. He loved it so much that he acquired the tobacco, aged it for two years, and decided to build a cigar around it. He used a lot of tobacco from the region of the wrapper, Trojes, Honduras, but also used a Nicaraguan binder and some Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler. With the cigar he decided to have the cigar be box pressed, and that is where the Spanish word "Prensado" in the name comes from, to be pressed. The cigars for this line are made in Honduras at the ever popular Raices Cubanas Factory, and like all the cigars there it is made in the Cuban fashion. The Churchill vitola is your standard Churchill, and measures 7" with a 48 ring gauge.
|Beautiful Honduran Corojo 2006 Wrapper|
From the second you light this cigar up you are greeted with the richest of flavors and the longest of finishes. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are right at the forefront, and I am also getting some rich earth and barnyard notes. There is some definite leather present, and there are hints of oak with the spicy finish the cigar has. The cigar is truly enjoyable and very flavorful. I would say the strength of the cigar is around medium-full for me, but it is really not the strength you notice but the rich and powerful flavors. In terms of construction the cigar is smoking very evenly and is producing a thick cloud of smoke. The ash is a dark gray in coloring, and every once in a while the oils from the wrapper put the cigar out. This is a great cigar now, and a great cigar that I think could perform miracles when aged.
|Prensado foot, Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco|
As the cigar comes to a close I find myself wondering why I did not have it in my Top 25 Cigars of 2011. I could list tons of answers, and I imagine you all could, but all I can say is that I am sorry Alan Rubin and Alec Bradley Cigars. The final third is very similar to what I was getting in the first two thirds in terms of flavor and strength, well actually every category, and that is a good thing. This is a cigar that is consistently great in terms of flavors, it has a consistent strength of being medium-full, and always smokes well. I really love all the rich, dark and complex flavors in the cigar, and they really play off one another so well. I will say that this third really showed a lot more coffee, cocoa, rich earth and oak notes rather then a lot of spice and leather notes and it had that long finish. When I smoked the cigar down to the nub it was still burning cool, and leaving a great dark gray ash, a terrific cigar.
|Prensado by Alec Bradley|