Alec Bradley Overture Robusto Review
This cigar by Alec Bradley has an exquisite look and smell (this is aided by it’s nice band). I picked it up from Famous-Smoke.com a few months ago and it has been aging in my humidor ever since then.
The wrapper does have a couple large veins and is slightly mottled with water spots, but overall it is a good looking cigar. The smell is where it really stands out. It has an excellent floral cedary smell… I can’t wait to smoke it!
It is packed very firmly, but after using my punch on it I found the draw to be firm but acceptable.
I went ahead and lit it up and was surprised by it’s immediate strength. It was medium-full bodied right off the bat with some serious peppery spice. The overture was leaving a nice buttery coating in my mouth right from the get go.
It really calmed down a bit entering the second third and reduced to medium body while retaining the strong peppery bite with a slightly tangy almond finish. At about the halfway point it required a minor burn correction to get it back on track… something I’ve seen with Alec Bradley cigars in the past.
The final third was more of the same with the pepper increasing a bit and the tangy finish becoming more sour. I’m really not picking up on any complexities here. It lasted a total of 1.5 hours, a good showing for a robusto.
Overall, the construction was pretty good with only 1 small burn correction. The draw became a bit of an issue toward the end… I would recommend cutting instead of punching. It was well paired with a Baltika Russian dark lager which has a sweeter flavor – it helped to combat the strong pepper and sour finish. Surprisingly, the floral smell never appeared in the smoke itself… if it had showed it would have been overshadowed by the pepper taste. I would say this is a decent cigar and I will be looking forward to trying other Alec Bradley cigars. It is worth giving try, but beware the box purchse unless you love peppery smokes!