Alec Bradley Sungrown Robusto
- Country of Origin
- 5 x 50
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Alec Bradley Sungrown Robusto CigarScore: 8.7
By Gary Korb
Boasting a dark, oily wrapper and an ornate band, the Alec Bradley Sungrown Robusto looks similar to its Tempus and Overture cousins. An attractive Brazilian Mata Fina leaf surrounds a blend of Nicaraguan Esteli and Jalapa, plus Columbian longfillers, with a Honduran binder. Moreover, this combination told me that the smoke was going to have some muscle behind it.
One of the most distinguishing features of Alec Bradley cigars are their shimmery wrappers, and the Mata Fina on the Robusto was no exception. The cap clipped off easily exposing a lot of dark tobacco at the head. The cold draw was effortless with a mostly leathery taste.
After lighting, as expected, the first few puffs were very hearty. This is what Alec Bradley president Alan Rubin calls "frontloading", which is designed to give you a lot of flavor from the cigar at the get-go.
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The flavors at this point were primarily that of earth and sweet tobacco with a little flintiness.
The aroma was very impressive, as was the ash, which hung on well past the first inch. There was still some flintiness on the finish, but as the cigar headed into the second inch, it took on a darker, woodier character underscored by some sweetness from the Jalapa. It was at this point that the cigar become much spicier, too, but not in the peppery sense.
During the last act the cigar really juiced-up; the wood and spice flavors intensified as some subtle espresso nuances materialized on the finish.
Although I drank spring water with this cigar, a good Port would have improved the experience for me by adding some sweetness, and may even have helped reveal some of the more intricate flavors that lay hidden in the blend.
Overall, a very robust and complex cigar that makes a good fit for more experienced cigar smokers, or for those who have a preference for bold tobacco flavor.
Total Score: 8.7