Background & Presentation of the Alec Bradley American Classic
Alec Bradley states on their website, “Mature leaf from Honduras and Nicaragua come together to present a top-quality experience. Medium in body yet featuring an overall mellowness on the palate from the Honduran Connecticut wrapper. A “classic” everyday smoke.”
The ash drops off in tight chunks every 20 to 25 minutes and the burn was good. The cigar is medium bodied and light in strength. It has flavours of cinnamon spice throughout with earth, leather, hay and then white spice picks up at the toward the band.
The cigar was released in 2011 and designed as a “classic cigar”. It’s an even smoke with little transitions and few dimensions, this is how cigars were tasting in the 90s and before. As expected it maintained an even, simple profile.
Construction and Information
The cigar looks great. It is very well constructed which I usually find from Alec Bradley cigars.
Size: 6 ⅛ x 52
Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut Wrapper
Dimensions, Zest & Flavours
Earth, hay and leather with touches dried fruit and a tinge of cinnamon spice from the filler and binder. For the most part there are three prominent, consistent flavours and tastes. As the cigar builds it has slightly less than a medium-body profile.
Draw, Smoke Output & Finish
At the beginning, the draw was medium to tight and over time loosens to medium to loose. The cigar produces a decent amount of bluish smoke that smells very much like fresh soil. The finish is medium length and fluctuates to long and back and forth to medium.
Strength, Vim & Vigor
This cigar is not strong, in fact, it is very mild. It would be hard for an experienced smoker to get a “nicotine buzz”, thus making it a good beginner cigar.
Time of Smoke & Value
This Alec Bradley American Classic smoked for 2 hours and 15 minutes. This is a good value for its price of $5.75. It is priced lower than most of the Alec Bradley cigars in similar size.
Final Thoughts on the American Classic
It burned extremely well. There were no touchups whatsoever and the ash fell off every time right at about 30 minutes. Funny thing is both times I happened to be holding the cigar over the ash tray by coincidence, probably not..
It’s reminiscent of cigars from the 90s which would be considered classic.
For all of the reasons above, I think it is an enjoyable cigar at around $6.00 and I would purchase it again. It is light enough to give to a beginner an experience that they may enjoy and just interesting enough to give a more seasoned cigar enthusiast some bang for the buck.
Classic Car Garage at the Famous Smoke Shop Cigarnival
Because the Alec Bradley American Classic was blended with the idea of being classic as how cigars were made in the 90s and earlier there was an Alec Bradley exhibit at Cigarnival. Classic cars were showcased with the garage full of cars from the 50s to 90s. Most of the cars were from the late 50s, like the Spyder for example.
Alec Bradley Cigars can be found at CigarWorld at great prices. If you are ever in Germany on holiday from the UK pick some up and try them.