Alec Bradley Black Market Toro
I’ve been holding off on smoking the Alec Bradley Toro in my humidor for quite some time now even though I’ve been really keen to order one and try it. I’ve heard great things about this cigar from a Twitter friend and read the rave reviews on cigar forums. However, none of this compelled me to to try it more than its appearance.
The Alec Bradley Black Market Toro has a showstopper look and feel to it. Straight away any cigar enthusiast will notice the unique footer band that stretches from the foot to a little passed the halfway point. It’s a nicely textured band that surrounds an even more beautiful cigar underneath.
So let’s get to the review…[metaslider id=315]
The First Third Thoughts
The first few puffs made me think that this cigar was going to be a fast burner, even though it had a snug draw, it was trailing down quick.
Oh how wrong I was, you’ll see what I mean.
My first thought, was “wow, you can taste the quality…” A nice creamy, long finish with hints of cocoa and cherry wood lingered on my palate long after a light blue soft smoke disappeared into the air from the foot of the cigar. The air became filled with a pleasant aroma and within 20 seconds virtually no smoke came from the cigar whatsoever.
This is a good sign of a perfectly stored, well-rolled and finely crafted cigar.
At first, looking at this cigar with its massive band, sleek logo and now smooth brown wrapper with little veins made me think, “we eat with our eyes and perhaps we enjoy cigars with our eyes too…”
Whether illusion or reality, I don’t care, I want to be a believer and Alec Bradley cigars are not magicians, this is the work of masters.
Not The Second Third
The duration of the enjoyment of this cigar lasted way longer than I could imagine. A this point, I’m sort of into the second part of the cigar but I imagine it’s going to be just as long to get through to the last part. So let’s just say, “Where at the quarter point.”
So far the flavour has not changed much and that’s a good thing. I have noticed it is starting to burn slightly faster and it has a beautiful smooth coastline ash developing even though it has a flaky flowery ash at the end. Each puff grabs more of a cherry wood sweetness that has picked up as the draw loosened a little. A pleasant long finish remains and my palette is filled with everlasting flavour.
The Last of the Alec Bradley Black Market Toro
The cigar continues to perform well with almost a perfect black and grey ash. The finish remains deep and long with heaps of flavour. I’ve noticed the finish and the aroma has become somewhat dry where as before it was tacky. I’m not saying dry in a bad way, just a note of a difference. As we go to the end of he cigar it has remained cool, however the smoke output is down to a minimum and tinges of vanilla and tea have become present. This is a welcomed and unexpected transition, where normally at this point, most cigars pick up peppery notes and spice.
I just checked the clock, we’re at 120 minutes!
I highly recommend this cigar, it’s interesting, complex and affordable. Be careful to set aside a lot of time and enjoy this cigar by taking a puff or two every three minutes.
Someone said to me the other day, “…a cigar is just a cigar…” or something like that. I don’t understand what they meant
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