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Time for a '94' rated classic!
#5 Cigar of 2017
Hailing from Honduras, Alec Bradley Tempus is a concoction of tobaccos cultivated since 2001, carefully selected strictly for their incredible quality and blended to create the ideal full-bodied cigar that is as smooth as it is flavorful. Available in a toothy, zesty Habano or a smooth and semi-sweet maduro.
Produced at the famed Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas, Tempus is Latin for “time” which is more than an appropriate title for this blend. When creating Tempus, Alan Rubin spent years in an area along the border of Honduras and Nicaragua where a particular tobacco was growing in extremely small quantities on only a few acres of land. Alan began purchasing the best wrapper from this farm, in small amounts, over a period of several years and finally obtained enough to produce a phenomenal cigar.
Alec Bradley Tempus contains a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, held tightly together by an Indonesian binder. These leaves are then concealed with a Habano wrapper which adds a bit more strength to the blend along with some spicy undertones. Upon lighting, Tempus produces notes of pepper and earth with nuances of espresso in the aftertaste. As the cigar burns, hints of spice overwhelm the palate, but mellow towards the nub. This cigar is never overbearing and is incredibly balanced, allowing for a smooth, full-bodied experience with a medium finish.
I have to keep at least a few of these wonderfully quirky standard robustos around, in case I get a hankering for one. When I do, it seems nothing else will quite fill the bill. There is something in the flavors that even the maduro version can't match, although Tempus Maduro is a superb cigar in its own right. Believe all the good things you have heard & wonder about the negative comments. It's hard to imagine anyone not loving Tempus However there is no accounting for taste, so I agree to disagree with anyone who finds it lacking. I don't. I give it a big thumbs up, a hardy recommendation & 93/100. Bravo, Alan Rubin, the boys @ Alec Bradley & Tabacalaria Raices, for delivering so many tasty vitolas. However, even I can find fault with some of the prices. Take a tip from AS Fernandez & lose the fancy boxes & 7 color cigar bands, for a reduction in cost passed on to the consumer. At least on a few blends.
Every once in a while a cigar comes along that is so good that it stands head & shoulders above its contemporaries. Alec Bradley's Tempus Magnus is just such a cigar. A beefy 6" X 58 frame chock filled with Honduran & Nicaraguan tobaccos is bound with an Indonesian binder & cloaked with a rare Habano wrapper. These quality tobaccos work together to produce the most complex medium bodied experience in recent memory. It isn't often that I dare to sing the praises of a stogie that costs ten bones. Magnus is the exception. If I had the dough I would buy them by the box & smoke them everyday. Reality demands that I search for bargains & only light one up on a special occasion. Thanks to Cigar.com I have been able to buy quite a few at a great discount.
An almost perfect smoke. Rich, Dark, with great flavor. An even but slow draw makes this a cigar that you can enjoy for a while. This cigar is worthy of comparison to some of the best.