The Alec BradleyBlack Market line has enjoyed a lot of success over the years – as a refined, softer, more sensual (I know) version of the Tempus/Prensado lines IMO, but the newest extension features a unique blend of tobacco from Estella, home of fantastic Nicaraguan tobacco. The viola I smoked for this review was the 6X52. The same basic packaging is the same, only the box color is orange. Same with the sleeve.
First notes on the cigar start off with fruit – really light apricot and wood. The same sort of medium blend sensuality of this cigar is present but the fruity flavors overshadow them up until the first half of the cigar, then wood and light spice/pepper notes pick. Up.
The draw, like all Alec Bradley cigars I’ve reviewed is good, and a plentiful amount of smoke comes with each satisfying puff. Ash holds on for about an inch before falling off. Overall, a unique blend and a great extension to the Black Market Family.
Raices Cubanas 1941 starts with a medium-brown Honduran wrapper that’s glistening with oils. A careful blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers lies just beneath, encased in a Nicaraguan binder.
The review: This is the 6X60 size and normally I shy away from that large a ring gauge (with the exception of Padron) but this cigar definitely didn’t disappoint.
Pre-light draw is very raisiny. The initial puffs are nutty and semi-sweet Black pepper features prominently up front once the cigar gets going. A good amount of smoke plumes from the foot.
The cigar has a very easy draw for being packed so full of tobaccos. The burn line started off uneven but I chalk that up to my lighting technique, and a touch up fixed that.
Flavors at the second third include cocoa spice and red pepper. The cigar becomes mellow at this point while maintaining softer flavors wth hints of wood and black pepper. By now I’m really enjoying the complexity of the cigar.
The final third of the cigar is where it gets interesting. First, we had that red pepper bit, then black pepper, and finally? Vanilla Coffee Bean! YES! ha!
This is definitely a medium to full bodied smoke though.