Video review HERE.
The Alec Bradley Nic Puro is his first all Nicaraguan cigar. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Habano, the binder and filler are both Nicaraguan. The band is quite ornate. The year 1685 signifies the year Esteli, Nicaragua was founded.
The cigar is very dense and feels heavy in the hand. The pic below shows the foot and the density of the cigar.
The test draw after cutting the cap was a little firm but very workable. The initial flavors were a buttery, sweet cedar, sweet cream, and leather.
About one inch in the leather notes are much more prominent. The buttery notes are not there anymore but the cedar is still sweet. At times you get notes of raisin but by and large it's a sweet cedar. The pepper is around a 6. The finish is a standard sweet cream with little if any lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied and I feel it won't change much in that regard.
About 2 inches in there are not many changes. The leather notes are still quite prominent. The sweet cedar follows the leather and there is a touch of cream mixed in with the cedar. There are also some salty notes which remind me of a very meaty cigar. The finish is still one of a sweet cream and there are now some lingering pepper notes. The cigar is still medium bodied.
The cigar made very little change throughout. Here at the end there were some earthy leather notes, the cedar is light in sweetness but it's dominated by the earthy leather. At times you get light cherry notes but by and large it's a lightly sweet cedar. The pepper and finish remained the same throughout. The cigar didn't have any real pop for me. This is a good basic cigar. For a Nicaraguan cigar it did not have a lot of the notes which I typically look for. Again, this is a good, basic cigar.