This Alec Bradley cigar was released in 2012 and was made for the “Big Ring Guage” market. It’s a monster-sized cigar at 6 X 60 with a variety of different tobaccos. Be warned, in this review the cigar was smoked way too fast and was practically obliterated. Despite this, we feel we were still able to give it an objective review and came up with a flavor profile.
Size: 6” X 60
Vitola: Double Toro
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Dimensions, Zest & Flavours
The cigar has sweet tobacco and raisin notes on the prelight draw. During the first part of the cigar there was leather tones with a mineral and vegetal taste. It’s a very easy cigar to retrohale. Because the cigar has a Connecticut Shade Wrapper, you can really taste the Honduran tobacco which is known for leathery flavours and aroma, earth, mineral and spice. The spice that’s coming through for me is a cool cinnamon. For me when I began smoking cigars back in the 90s your choices were limited to Honduran and Dominican cigars because Nicaragua wasn’t producing quality cigars.
These Alec Bradley Cigars were released in 2012. This cigar reminds me of a classic Punch Cigar and I’m enjoying the change of pace as I have been doing a lot of Nicaraguan cigars. When it comes to Honduran blends, it’s a profile that you have to be ready for, even though there is some Nicaraguan tobacco, it’s not really coming through.
Right at the band there was a pleasant transition to sweetness which I wish was at the start of the cigar and the cinnamon picked up a bit and fooled me into some caramel.
There were two to three muted flavours as the body and strength of this cigar was very mild.
The Alec Bradley Connecticut Gordo
Draw, Smoke Output & Finish
The resistance on the draw is medium somewhat firm at the beginning of the experience and after the half way point it loosened up. This was due to my error in smoking the cigar too fast. I was trying to get flavor out of it. There was not much smoke output until I took off the band, then it picked up a lot. This made the cigar much more pleasurable and increased its body. I expected it to burn very hot and it didn’t. I felt like it was hard to rate the finish as the flavors were so soft, so I would have to guess, short.
Strength, Vim & Vigor
This cigar would not be strong for a beginner; therefore it would not be strong for a seasoned cigar enthusiast.
Time of Smoke & Value
I think the flavours are not prominent enough to give it a lot of value. As I stated several times already and in the video, 1h 20m for a cigar this size was way too fast. Even if one were to smoke this cigar slow, I’m not sure it would offer great value to an intermediate cigar smoker or veteran.
The Alec Bradley Connecticut Gordo is a good cigar for a beginner. I wish the flavours toward the end at the band were prominent at the start as they weren’t there to keep me interested. Once I got to this point, I was intrigued and didn’t want to put it down. As a change of pace and perhaps to pair it with some coffee or something strong it might be more fun to smoke. I wouldn’t call it a bad cigar and can’t say it’s great. It’s a good cigar to show off size without kicking your own ass.