The Freak is part of the Alec Bradley MAXX Original line which was released in 2006 and after the redesign of the Alec Bradley website they have also changed the band on this cigar to white, red and black without changing the blend itself. The cigar has a deep dark Maduro wrapper which encases firmly packed tobacco. The Freak uses the Alec Bradley “4 Country Blend” for its filler which is a mixture of Honduran, Nicaraguan, Colombian and Mexican tobacco.
About the Alec Bradley The Freak
Size: 6 3/8″ X 60
Vitola: Double Toro
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: AB 4 Country Blend Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Mexico
New Packaging for the Alec Bradley MAXX
Dimensions, Zest & Flavours
On the prelight inspection I got mostly sweet tobacco earth with a slight hints of perfume. On the first few puffs there was a burst of dark milk chocolate, probably one of the most pronounced chocolate flavours I’ve had in a cigar in a long time.
The predominant flavour of dark milk chocolate prevails throughout this cigar. The Alec Bradley MAXX Original is not sweet at first and then later blends together with a semi-sweet citrus taste that of dried fruit almost like orange peel because of some slight tingly zest.
The core of the cigar has an underlying earthy taste with major amounts of sticky dark milk chocolate. Only three flavours are in this cigar, so it isn’t the most complicated cigar one might have.
Draw, Smoke Output & Finish
The draw of the cigar on the pre-light inspection was medium leaning towards tight. After lighting the cigar it remained above medium on the tight side and loosened up slightly. The Alec Bradley MAXX produced very little smoke and had a short finish that was packed with flavour.
Strength, Vim & Vigor
The flavours and tastes are strong and this cigar leans toward the full-bodied side. The strength of the cigar is mild and as expected it picked up toward the end with the halfway point being the start of the strength increase. The flavours began intensifying as well and the cigar didn’t lose its profile at all.
Time of Smoke & Value
The cigar lasted for over three hours and required little attention and minor touch ups which could be attributed to user preference of “cleaning up the burn” as the cigar most likely would have corrected itself. At the price verse the duration of the smoking experience it’s a no-brainer that it has heaps of value.
I would recommend this cigar to someone who wants to try a Maduro and have an interesting semi-sweet experience. Because of the amount of time it took to smoke this cigar it might be a bit much for a beginner, but the strength was very mild until the halfway point. It has enough flavour to keep a seasoned cigar smoker interested and tremendous value simply because of the time it took to smoke.