Alec Bradley MAXX – Cigar Review


Alec Bradley MAXX “The Fix” Review

The original MAXX features a very dark brown wrapper that absolutely oozes oils.  It is slick to the touch!  This particular wrapper had 2 medium sized veins but was very nice looking overall.

The construction was very extremely firm with one side that is much more solid than the other.  Hopefully this does not cause any construction issues.  I chose to punch it, but the draw was much too tight before I lit it.  I decided to cut it instead and the draw was much improved, but still quite firm with a lot of resistance.

When I smelled the MAXX, it has a very strong smell of  pungent and earthy tobacco with just a bit of coffee.  It really smells great!


I went ahead and lit it up.  To my surprise, the draw was not an issue at all.  Due to its size, it produced plenty of smoke.   The primary flavors were definitely earthy tobacco with a nice coffee and pepper finish.  Really quite pleasant.  Unfortunately the burn was far from even, a trait that seems to be showing its’ ugly head too often with Alec Bradley Cigars.

The second third rolled around and I got thinking “this cigar is not full bodied”.  Indeed it is not.  The MAXX is touted to be a full bodied beast, but the sample I had was still mild-medium in the second third.  As the dark gray/brown ash fell off I noticed that the burn did even out a bit.  The flavor remained interesting with the bold earthy base and sweet coffee finish.  I am beginning to wonder if this cigar will show any complexities or not.

The final third was much more of the same.  Not any major flavor changes but the body did increase to medium.  The burn did get back off track and required correction.


Overall the MAXX was a bit disappointing.  It  was a pleasurable smoke and I like the large ring gauges, it just lacked complexity.  Ironically, complexity is one of the things that it is advertised to have.  I know I sounds like a broken record here, but construction was an issue with another Alec Bradley!  Come on AB.  With all of that said, the cigar was priced fairly and was still fun to smoke!

Flavor and Taste:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13 14  15  16  17  18  19  20

Construction:  1  2  3  4  5  6 7  8  9  10

Wrapper:  1  2  3  4  5

Was it Worth the Price?  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 9  10

Would I Buy an Entire Box?  1  2  3 4  5

Total Score:  35 out of 50

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