January 29, 2012

Alec Bradley Black Market Toro

Alec Bradley Black Market Toro (6 x 50)

Video Review HERE.

Alec Bradley Black Market cigars are  blended with Honduran Jamastran (pronounced "ha-mas-tran") and Panamanian longfillers, Sumatra binder, and semi-sweet Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper cured to a dark, shimmering patina.

The cigar is very dark! It is also quite dense.

After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The cigar's flavors were pure coffee! There was nice black pepper also but the coffee was amazing!

After a half inch in the flavors settled down a bit. Now the flavors are dark semi-sweet chocolate with some grapefruit citrus and a decent amount of pepper. The finish is rather short and one of a faint vanilla.

At the 1 1/4 inch point the burn was off a bit. I am smoking the cigar slowly, or so I thought. Apparently you have to smoke this cigar VERY slowly. I will slow down and allow the burn to correct itself. At this point almonds have been added to the initial flavors and the cigar is sweeter. The pepper is nice and not overbearing. It also lingers on the finish along with a creamy vanilla.

Approaching the midpoint the burn did even out. The almond notes are becoming rich and making the cigar very nice. I thought this was a great change!

At the midpoint I am revising one description. The dark chocolate can be best described as a bitter sweet semi-sweet dark chocolate, along with the grapefruit notes and rich almond notes and decent pepper. The finish is indeed one of a sweet, creamy vanilla that is fairly long with lingering black pepper. This description best describes the cigar at this point.

About 2/3 the way through the cigar had no major changes.

At the end of the cigar it wraps up better than the Prensado. I think this would be a great after dinner cigar with a cup of coffee. It finished up just as it was a the midpoint. I enjoyed this cigar, perhaps more than I thought I would. I can see why people like this cigar!

Score: 92

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