Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto Review



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Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto 
Size 50 x 5″
Made in Honduras

Today’s choice review was set to be the Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto.
This cigar has been in my humidor for about 5 months and set at a controlled humidity level of 69% thanks to my Hydra unit.
I examined the cigar pre-light and noted that it was lacking any visible oils, however the wrapper was a very nice chocolate brown colour and had a solid box press feel to it that was like smoking a square cigar.  Before I go any further, I have to admit that this cigar had the nicest, most colouful and intricate band I have ever seen on a cigar.  It made me want to buy it as soon as I saw it in the store ( City Cigar ~ See the Cigar Travel Section).  Additionally the construction was a perfect 100% The cap had dozens of layers, and it was tightly rolled with no soft spots, cracks or other defects.  My hat is off to the Torcedor who made this one because it was the most perfectly made cigar I have ever smoked.
I cut the cap off with a Palio guillotine cutter and toasted the foot.

Once lit, all the excitement about the construction and pretty band ended right there on the spot.  The first 3/4 inch of the cigar, although it burnt straight as an arrow, and had a dry, hay like tobacco flavour to it.  Once it got past there for the rest of the first third it was like trying to smoke an old BBQ briquette.  The word I used to describe it was “Charry” like a heavily charred (burnt) beef steak.

Into the second third not much changed.  It opened up a bit and lost the dry hay flavour but the “charry” effect remained. It did not develop into anything profound… or anything at all for that matter.
I puffed away on it but found it didn’t “have the power to move me” like Alan Rubin claims in all the flashy ads in C/A magazine.

Into the last third was where I got some nice cocoa flavour off the Prensado and it actually kept me intrigued enough to keep it going and finish the review ( I was getting ready to toss it just past ½ way).
I was actually able to give the Prensado a little credit in the last third and found some flavour in it, but not enough to warrant the price or the disappointment of the majority of the stick I had already smoked.

Overall, this was a beautiful cigar that was built perfectly, smoked so straight and drew well.  I would have had a glowing review if only it had some character and not left my mouth feeling like I had been chewing a burnt BBQ briquette for the last hour and a bit.

~ Les

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2 Responses to “Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto Review”

  1. Matt

    November 15, 2011
    9:28 pm

    Argh. I’m sorry to hear that something was not right with the Prensado. I’ve got one staring at me in my humidor right now, and I’m curious to see how mine stacks up. I think I’ll make it a weekend project….. On a related note, you need to try the ‘Black Market’ asap. It blew my mind at ‘Big Smoke’.

  2. Nick

    April 17, 2012
    7:08 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t enjoy your Prensado, these have been a favorite lately of me and my buds. I’ve only tried the Robustos and the Gran Toros, but the Gran Toros have been a better smoke. It must be in the construction, as the draw was a bit smoother (I’ve also preferred a punch to a cut).

    Hopefully if you have another, it yields a better experience for you!

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