This week’s group cigar review is of the Alec Bradley American Classic. We laughed because we couldn’t figure out what exactly about this cigar is American, but oh well. The light colored wrapper leaf has a cedar smell and looks good. The draw is tight even after cutting fairly deep. Once lit up, the smoke is dry but has a pleasant sweet and cedar flavor with some spice on the finish. Later on the cigar gets richer with coffee and hazelnut flavors. As it progresses there is some bitterness and pepper as it keeps getting bolder. Overall, 2/3 cigars had perfect construction and we loved the bold flavors of the final third. This is also a very affordable cigar. We think the name is silly since there is no American tobacco and it is not rolled in the U.S.. It’s a good smoking cigar, give one a try!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: I’m all set up. This one has a cedary smell to the wrapper, which is a bumpy and light colored leaf. My draw is really tight after cutting, hopefully that opens up as we smoke.
IamDarren: My draw is decent (better than most ABs). Not much flavor on the cold draw.
Terry1: My Alec Bradley Classic has a tight draw as well. Getting a nice sweet cedar note on the cold draw.
StraightUpCigars: I’m gonna lighterup
IamDarren: ok, here we go
IamDarren: wow, tons of woody and grassy notes right from the start. Getting a pinch of sweet spice.
Terry1: Draw is pretty snug on mine. I’m getting plenty of smoke but I have to work for it. Initial flavors are grass, cedar and some sweetness.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it’s a dry but good tasting smoke with cedar and some sweetness.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s like yours Terry, even though the draw is tight I’m getting plenty of smoke.
IamDarren: so whats the story on this cigar? Supposed to be made of American tobacco or just appeal to American taste buds
StraightUpCigars: Just appeal to Americans
StraightUpCigars: Nic filler and binder with Honduran wrapper. Blended to be like old Tampa cigars, they say.
IamDarren: normally i would say its probably not good to limit your client base but since I am Amercian its ok.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I don’t think the AB Afghan would sell well.
IamDarren: not even a half inch in and mine has developed a nice lingering sweetness and some spice. Pretty good flavor in a medium body.
Terry1: Mine has a very uneven burn. I’m going to leave it alone for a few minutes and see if it self corrects. Flavors are typical Connecticut, grass and some sweetness.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this isn’t the flavor profile I would typically gravitate to, but there’s some subtle complexities in there and I kind of like it. It’s different than what we’ve been smoking.
IamDarren: im starting to like these fuller bodied Connie cigars. You are right, something different but tasty to change up the pace.
IamDarren: my burn is good, and draw is still decent. Double puffing yields plenty of smoke.
StraightUpCigars: I have my fingers crossed, but so far so good. Hopefully your improves Terry.
IamDarren: we finally got some rain on Sunday but with it came a big cool front. I actually had to go back in and get a coat.
StraightUpCigars: It just hit here today, I have a jacket on.
Terry1: I don’t smoke a lot of Connecticuts. I’ll try them because they are usually on the milder side and you know what to expect. They can be a nice change from time to time.
IamDarren: Actually i was just trying to remember the last Cameroon wrapped cigar I had. It seems like they are really fading in popularity.
Terry1: I’m over an inch in. The grassy note is getting a little bitter. Burn didn’t really correct itself but it’s not getting worse and all sides are burning.
IamDarren: dropped the first ash in the tray and cigar is still burning well. Flavors are still about the same. Earth, cedar, sweet spice, getting a little of that freshly baled alfalfa aroma.
StraightUpCigars: I haven’t a clue what freshly baled alfalfa smells like… until now.
Terry1: I wonder on the Cameroon if it’s popularity or availability? Just thinking about it, with the surge in new cigar releases, I would guess the cigar industry may be running short on some of the popular tobaccos and primings. We might see a trend of more medium bodied cigars because ligero or some other leaf is not readily available.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it does seem like cigars are gaining in popularity again. Hopefully that doesn’t have implications on the price. Although I have about 10 years worth of cigars in my house
IamDarren: lol, if you have 10 years worth i don’t even wanna guess what I have.
Terry1: Wow, I have maybe two years.
IamDarren: how often do you guys get to smoke these days? I try to get at least 3 or 4 a week.
StraightUpCigars: My problem is I’m always smoking on the newer ones that I get, I don’t break into the collerdors for a cigar often enough, so those just get fuller.
StraightUpCigars: During the summer I’ll have 2, usually 3 per week. There was a moment this winter I was only having the review cigar… just too damn cold. On vacation… 20
Terry1: I smoke one nearly everyday. I have a minor trembling in my hands and I find it helps calm it. At least that’s what I tell the wife. (Just kidding. The trembling is real.)
StraightUpCigars: You ever try carrying a pen around like Bob Dole?
Terry1: What? LOL. I’m not paralyzed. It’s just a minor tremble. My daughter unfortunately has it too but she has no interest in cigars.
StraightUpCigars: Oh shit, I thought he had a tremble… whoops… I’ll stop talking now.
Terry1: A minor does of nicotine helps the tremble. I also have heard it helps with Alzhiemers but you wont hear about that from the anti-smoking nazis.
IamDarren: lol, my dad has a bad tremble, but he has smoked cigarettes most of his adult life
IamDarren: probably lack of oxygen in the blood at this point
IamDarren: im about a half inch from the band. Cigar is now dominated by that sweet grassy flavor. Spice note has faded.
Terry1: Maybe. My problem is I haven’t found any research on the dosage. Not sure if too much nicotine makes it worse. I haven’t noticed much a difference between a mild or strong cigar. Both seem to help.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, too bad they don’t do research on any benefits. There’s no money in that, and they’ll get laughed out of the room by colleagues.
Terry1: I must have smoked through whatever was plugging up the cigar. It’s now drawing much better and the smoke has gotten better. It’s that sweet grassy note you are getting.
IamDarren: in general nicotine relaxes the muscles. But I agree that it is probably better in doses. Once you get addicted you get very high strung. When i was younger my dad was chain smoking for awhile and his temper really flared up.
Terry1: If we all smoked one cigar and drank one glass of wine we’ed all live to a hundred. That’s my theory.
IamDarren: you are going to Colorado, i bet some weed would work even better
Terry1: Yeah that will be interesting. I’ll probably still get dirty looks from the potheads if I smoke a cigar around them.
StraightUpCigars: Maybe, I’d be willing to bet money some of the big cigar names try their hand at some point during the week.
IamDarren: i wonder if you could tell the difference if there was one leaf in there, sorta like the Spectre. Might be a big hit.
StraightUpCigars: You’d be able to taste it, but it wouldn’t have any effects. All the THC is in the flower (buds). Would be an interesting spin on things.
Terry1: The FDA would love that.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, no kidding, that’s exactly the kind of slip up they’re waiting for.
IamDarren: i hear they are finally going to start testing the benefits of the oil extract for various diseases. About time i think.
Terry1: Band came off easily. I had to correct the burn. My fault. I left it alone too long and half of the cigar went out.
StraightUpCigars: That’s good. The problem with the testing is that you have to use federally grown plants which are all 1 strain. There’s countless strains out there, each with potentially unique benefits. I like reading about this stuff.
IamDarren: im burning into the last third and am starting to get a slightly bitter or sour flavor on the finish. Not impacting the overall flavor at this point as long as it doesn’t get worse.
StraightUpCigars: My band popped off easy too. I am getting a coffee with hazelnut sweetness now. It’s got a richer flavor profile than when it started.
IamDarren: wow, just looked up and noticed the big full moon tonight. Either of you watch the Cosmos show on fox?
Terry1: I haven’t. Looks interesting thou.
Terry1: Power of suggestion. I can taste the hazelnut now.
IamDarren: im a big science and physics nerd. Never understood most of the math but i love the science.
StraightUpCigars: I’ve seen a couple pretty good show. I liked the evolution of canines segment.
IamDarren: yeah i watch all the Nova’s on PBS
StraightUpCigars: I like the Novas too. Being a cut-cord, Nova is usually the best thing on TV.
IamDarren: cut-cord… nice
IamDarren: as soon as i get some decent internet i will be joining you. cut-cord and cut-dish
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I’m a cordless receiver.
StraightUpCigars: It’s real tough at first, but you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it earlier in a month.
StraightUpCigars: Just realized it’s tougher for you without a good DTV signal out there.
IamDarren: do you subscribe to any online channels… hulu, netflix, etc…
StraightUpCigars: We get Netflix DVD’s. I’m pretty much a technology caveman… go figure.
IamDarren: i hear their streaming service is very good. Someone else recommended the new Amazon instant video.
StraightUpCigars: I’ve been using Netflix for 8 years, good company. We had to choose b/n streaming and DVDs a few years ago. We do cheat and stream shows from a less than legal Russian site called couchtuner
IamDarren: lol, sounds like somthing i would do
StraightUpCigars: Hehe, not something we’re proud of, and AVG usually blocks a virus once a week or so. I don’t recommend it unless you’re a cheapskate like me.
IamDarren: gotta make sure the internet security is working
StraightUpCigars: Mine is still smoking well, good burn and plenty of smoke. It has REALLY ramped up the flavor, but I like it. Getting a lot of pepper now. Some bitterness too like you guys mentioned.
Terry1: BTW before I forget. The cigars are in the mail. You should get them by the end of the week.
IamDarren: i must have burned through something, had a couple extremely bitter draws and then it improved. Spice is back with a hint of pepper.
IamDarren: Sweet, thanks Terry
Terry1: Mine has lost the grassiness and is now sweeter with that hint of pepper.
Terry1: Between the three of us we should have a great summer for reviews.
StraightUpCigars: I like the way it’s ending. Completely different than how it started.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, we have an amazing lineup!
Terry1: I agree this last third has been the best.
IamDarren: despite the one hiccup with the bitterness mine has ramped up and is ending well
StraightUpCigars: I’ve been puffing on it pretty hard in this last third, mine’s just about done already.
IamDarren: same here, maybe a half inch left
Terry1: I’m about done too.
StraightUpCigars: All right, rating in a second here.
StraightUpCigars: Flavor was good, construction was shockingly good (this is an AB afterall), price is pretty cheap. I’d keep some around (if I needed more cigars that is).
IamDarren: yep it was a nice change
Terry1: I took off a point for the tight draw and a point for the wavey burn. Otherwise it was a good cigar. I’d buy a few again.