This cigar smells amazing! No, seriously, this is the most bold and unique smell of any cigar I’ve smoked to date.
The smell is a strong leafy and minty wintergreen… I really like it!
The wrapper is a very oily dark brown almost black w/ only one large vein. It looks really nice.
The pre-light construction is just ok. One side is much harder than the rest – this is the side that the large vein runs down.
I chose to punch this toro and I am glad I did. The draw is near perfect with just enough resistance to keep it burning cool.
The AB MAXX Brazil started of with a surprising burst of spice and pepper! I was happy that this quickly retreated and the cigar mellowed out. After the first half an inch it was billowing mild bodied smoke that had an assortment of flavors. The flavors were earthy and sweet ranging from coffee, to chocolate, to mocha with a nice peppery finish.
The burn is not at all even, but doesn’t require correction. The ash is a nice gray color that is slightly loose.
After the first ash fell off the wintergreen started to creep in. This was a fantastic compliment to the chocolate and mocha flavors! The smoke remained mild bodied. I am really enjoying the beer that I paired with it as well… it’s a Gila Monster amber lager by Steinhaus.
The last third was mild-medium bodied. It was quite earthy and peppery with the occasional strong burst of mint and wintergreen. The burn finally evened back out toward the very end of the cigar.
I have had very poor experiences with Alec Bradley cigars up until now. This was largely due to their poor construction. The MAXX Brazil also suffered from poor construction, but it was not as bad as some of the other AB cigars. With all of that said, this is one of the best cigars I have had in quite some time! I absolutely love the combination of mint and chocolate. These cigars can be a little hard to find, but you can buy them online. Don’t hesitate to give this one a try!