It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I celebrate Saint Patty’s day a little late with the Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan. This 2016 release comes in one size, a 6×50 Toro, and is rolled in a very attractive barber pole using Nicaraguan Jalapa and Honduran Candela leaves. Inside, an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder secures Honduran and Panamanian long fillers. Only 2,000 boxes of 22 have been made for this year’s release.
On the cold draw, I pick up a slight fruity grass. The wrapper produces a grass, chocolate, and tobacco aroma, while I smell grass and fruit out of the foot. Once lit, chocolate, black pepper spice, and leather come through on the draw. The retro-hale gives me a sweet cocoa. On the finish, I find mild black pepper spice and earthy grass.
After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a simple mix of cocoa and earth. Through the nose, sweet grass and cedar make an appearance. The finish is very unique with green pepper, moss, and clove. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
One hour in, the second third ends. The draw remains simple with black pepper and earth. There is no change to the retro-hale with more sweet grass and cedar. On the finish, I pick up vegetal earth with black pepper and more clove. Strength and body continue to be at the medium mark.
The final third dwindles down at one hour and thirty minutes. Cocoa and leather mix with smoky earth to offer a more complex draw. Through the nose, the grass is now creamy, and I get more cedar. On the finish, black pepper and clove blend with a pencil lead flavor. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
This 2016 Filthy Hooligan is a satisfying release with unique flavor. It isn’t super complex, but it’s a nice change of pace and an overall enjoyable smoke. I’m not a huge fan of barber pole cigars as they can often be gimmicky, but this one nails it, and I prefer it to a straight Candela wrapped cigar. I definitely recommend giving it a try and setting back a five pack before they’re all gone.