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'91' rated; Alec Bradley's version of American muscle.
Turning many heads in the industry, Alec Bradley cigars have earned '90'+ ratings from Cigar Aficionado, including the '94' rated, #5 Cigar of 2017, Tempus. Alan Rubin, the maker of Alec Bradley, spares no expense when creating these phenomenal cigars that are enjoyed among enthusiasts and aficionados alike. Never rushed, he patiently ages his tobaccos for years in order to achieve perfect balance & smooth characters no matter how strong or subtle his blends may be.
Alec Bradley's American Classic Blend came as a bit of a surprise to the cigar industry. Its Honduran-grown, Connecticut-seed wrapper resulted in a slightly stronger blend than most enthusiasts had expected. Not saying this was a bad thing, the line was well-received and continues to be a best-seller. So why the need for the American Sun Grown Blend? Well, since the original was a win, why not amp it up a another notch by switching out the Shade wrapper with a Sun Grown leaf cultivated in Nicaragua's fertile Jalapa region. It's ripe with rich, full flavors that remind you how a great Nicaraguan puro should taste. Notes of spice, leather, and earth run rampant on your palate, and linger there long enough to easily pair with your favorite scotch.
I love the new look of the website. It's a lot better for sorting through the cigars & putting in reviews is much easier, too. However, this writing is about what I consider to be the find of the year so far, in delicious, corona sized cigars, at an affordable cost. I am a big fan of Alec Bradley in general & Prensado, Tempus, Family Blend, Nica Puro, Maxx, & K147 in particular. Except for Tabaceleria Fernandez offerings, I probably smoke more AB stogies than any other brand. Having recently changed over to consuming mostly corona sized spleefs, my search for smaller ring gauge blunts led me to Alec Bradley's hidden gem, American Sun Grown Corona. Besides being a bit more affordable than most of their 90 to 96 rated blends, ASG features my current favorite wrapper, a Cuban seed, Ecuadorian Sun grown habano, oscuro, maduro leaf. A rustic brown, mottled cuss, its somewhat peculiar appearance belies the power & smoothly executed spice it brings to the party, as it does with AB's delicious K147 blend. Expect a 45 minute voyage through medium/full bodied bliss. Layers of complex spice, volumes of peppery smoke & an underlying nutty, woody, earthy, peaty profile take this blend over the top, in my mind. Well worth the cost, I would expect to see 90+ ratings, yet they have not yet materialized. Let me be the 1st by bestowing a 91 rating upon what I consider to be one of the top 10 corona sized cigars available today. Sure to be a favorite among fullheads, proponents of sun grown oscuro type tobaccos & anyone looking for flawless construction & beguiling complexity, without paying a King's ransom.