Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Vice
Size: 5×64, Robusto
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican
Binder: Costa Rican and Colombian
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Price: Box of 20, $137
Originally part of the MAXX lineup, The Vice was sold in boxes of 50 and in one size, a 6.5×62 Toro, and was released in 2007. The Vice was reintroduced as its own line at the recent IPCPR trade show in New Orleans (August ’09). Now made in three sizes, the 6T4 (5×64 Robusto), 6T2 (6.5×62 Toro), and the 6T (7×60 Torpedo), the Vice is beautifully box pressed and contains a unique blend of tobaccos: Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican long-fillers and a double binder of Costa Rican and Colombia tobaccos, with a Nicaraguan wrapper.
I have enjoyed a few Alec Bradley creations over the years including various sizes of the MAXX. The Vice Press was gifted to me by my review partner at Toasted Foot, MM, who picked it up in Jackson, Mississippi. After a little rest, I decided to give it the review. Now, let’s toast that foot!
To be completely honest, this is one of the best looking smokes I have seen in awhile. The VICE is box-pressed to perfection with a very dark wrapper. The Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper is smooth with no imperfections to note at all. The weight of the smoke matches its appearance—very heavy and really firm from head to foot. Pre-light aroma produces notes of leather and young tobacco with a barnyard note as well, very earthy. The cold draw is the same as the pre-light aroma but does leave a little tickle of spice on the lips. The band is classic Alec Bradley with large print and eye catching colors.
The Vice burned well but the draw was a bit tight for me. The ash held well and was white in color with some marbling within the layers. No re-lights or touch ups were required but the burn became jagged in the last third which was a surprise but not much of a nuisance. The smoke temperature was excellent throughout.
First puff on this monster was of fresh tobacco on the inhale with subtle spice on the exhale. The first third was pleasant with a profile of leather, herbal, and sweet notes produced by the Jalapa Valley wrapper. Moving into the second third of the smoke, there was not a lot of transition but I did pick up a bit of mocha as the cigar smoothed out a bit. The last third introduced a bit of spice but the cigar seemed to stay with the same profile of mocha and leather. There was some bitterness towards the nub but it was similar to the bitterness found in dark chocolate.
This is a big smoke, almost too big for me, but other than that it was enjoyable. Closing in around the $7 a stick mark, I personally think the price point is correct. The draw was a bit of a hassle toward the last third but other than that I can think of no reason not to pick one of these up. Just make sure you have plenty of time to go the distance on this big smoke.