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Rated '90', a Maduro makeover worth the hype.
Produced at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas in Honduras, 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. Alan began purchasing the best wrapper from this farm, and finally obtained enough to produce a phenomenal cigar; one that balances strength with flavor, creating a very smooth character.
Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro picks up where the original Tempus left off. Generously stuffed with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, Tempus Maduro is finished with a rich, hearty San Andres maduro leaf. This thick wrapper is applied seamlessly to the blend for a bold, espresso flavor that lingers throughout. This full-bodied blend packs a punch and is the perfect end-of-day premium to enjoy.
Someone has to be the best. Alec Bradley's stunning masterpiece blend Tempus Maduro could well be the top maduro vitola in a crowded field of very good cigars. Using my new rating system, let's break down Tempus Maduro & see what makes it so outstanding. Price-Oh,oh! Going to have to take a few point hit for the fact that it's just too damn expensive. Okay. Good cigars cost real money, but I have strict standards. After all, price is the 1st thing I address in this new review era. 12pts.
Flavor-Tempus Maduro is the most fantastically complex, excitingly full flavored maduro around, in my eyes. Just try it & see if you don't agree. DEE-licious! 15pts.
Construction- Spot on, like all AB products. Uber firm & heavy in the hand. The San Andres wrapper is eye-popping! Dripping with Mexican oils & tastes fantastic without even being lit! 15pts.
Burn-Unlike other AB blends, I have not noticed an issue with Tempus Maduro. Even Tempus has the occasional sideways burn, but Maduro performs well overall. Not perfect, however. 13pts.
Overall Impression-It's my favorite maduro cigar, bar none. High praise, considering the competition. I prefer it to San Lotano, Undercrown, 5 Vegas "AAA", even more than I adore Diesel! Did I really say that? 15pts.
Personal Observations-It pains me to see a 10 clam price tag on any cigar. Thankfully, Tempus is often found on sale, with incentives attached or even in clearance at a fraction of the MSRP. The ones I smoke, I get in samplers, or on special & can say I usually spend around 3 bucks for a 5" X 50 robusto. At that price they have no peers! At 10 simoleans, I can find a dozen maduros, almost as fine, for 1/3 the cost. 13pts.
Highly recommended. Rating-93pts.
San Andres Selection