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A blend like this gives new meaning to the phrase, “farm to table.” Alec Bradley Coyol was inspired by the aroma and flavor of the tobaccos at a farm by the same name. Brand owner Alan Rubin sought to create a new cigar representing the emotion he felt at first taste, and here with Coyol, he has managed to capture that essence.
Patience is a virtue that Alan Rubin extols, and the quality of his products reflects this meticulous attention to detail and desire for perfection. The farm of Coyol is responsible for plenty of 90+ rated blends, including Prensado and Tempus, so it's no wonder this latest release was destined for greatness. It's just another hit for a highly respected brand that deserves every accolade it has received.
Alec Bradley Coyol includes tobacco leaves from the farm in the wrapper, binder, and filler. This medium to full-bodied handmade is bold with intense notes of spice, earth, and leather. Things mellow out in the closing act, and the finish has a tinge of cherry sweetness that lingers deliciously. A bevy of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers along with an attractive Honduran wrapper are just part of what makes this cigar great. Complex, unique, and exciting, this is exactly what Alec Bradley fans have come to expect.
#18 Cigar of 2016 – ‘93’ Rated by Cigar Aficionado
A Lancero to long for.
Alan Rubin is no stranger to using Honduran tobaccos in his blends to award winning results. His Coyol is no exception to this strategy, as the Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos used in this recipe combine to create one of my new favorites. Grabbed one out of the humidor for two reasons: #1 – the brand… I have loved the Tempus and Prensado for years, and have really enjoyed the few Mundials I’ve recently sampled. #2 – the size. A petite lancero is rather unique in today’s cigar scene, and seemed like a good choice for my afternoon session. Smoked slow and deliberate, the Coyol exuded big flavor and character from the get go. There’s a pleasant sweetness throughout, but not saccharine-y or overbearing. I usually get a savory, almost meaty nuance from other Alec Bradley blends, not so much with this lancero. I wasn’t pairing this with tea, but I kept coming back to that type of flavor sensation – slightly tannic, slightly astringent, with an herbal heavy finish. Very fresh and clean tasting; this blend is bright without many of the “dirty” earth flavors that can muddle a complex profile like this. Nubbing both samples of the Coyol I acquired for this review, I can say they were consistent, medium-bodied, unique, and enjoyable. Acquire a few for yourself, no regrets.