Cigar Review: Alec Bradley New York

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley New York


Size: 5.25×52, “Six Two” Robusto

Wrapper: Honduran Criollo ’98

Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan

Binder: Honduran

Strength: Medium

Price: $11.00

Grade: 8.7

This is our second cigar this week that is a salute to the Big Apple. Monday we reviewed the La Aurora Broadway Series. Today we are toasting the Alec Bradley New York and the size we were gifted is the 5.25×52. The cigar is also made in these sizes: Empire (Toro) 6×54, Liberty (Churchill) 7×50,  Gotham (Torpedo) 61/8×54, and the Declaration (Gran Toro) 6×58. This cigar was officially released on December 10, 2010.

When asked about the decision to create a New York only cigar, owner Alan Rubin replied by way of press release: “Both of my parents are from New York. They had a wholesale candy and tobacco business there for years,” said Rubin. “They worked hard, as my grandparents did before them. I felt that kind of history deserved making a line honoring the state that gave my family and millions of others a chance to make it in the US.”

Now, let’s see how this measures up.

Pre-light, 1.8:
The presentation of this smoke is really nice with the art deco styling that fits the picture of the Empire State Building on the band. The dark brown wrapper is in good shape with no major blemishes. The cigar has a good weight with no soft spots to the touch and the pre-light aroma is of earthy tobacco with a somewhat floral scent at the foot. The cold draw produces a touch of sweet spice on the finish.

Burn, 1.6:
The cap comes off of this smoke very cleanly and the cigar toasts and lights well. The smoke produces a lot of smoke with an easy draw throughout. The ash does not hold well and I had to re-light this one a couple of times, despite the fact I did not let this one sit any length of time without puffing away.


Flavor, 2.7:
This cigar did not transition for me from first puff until the end. The profile was of solid tobacco with a touch of spice and a bit of sweetness on the finish. The flavor was nice but it just did not move or show a lot of depth throughout the life of the smoke.


Overall, 2.6:
While I think Alec Bradley has a decent smoke here, at around 11.00 bucks a pop I think there are other cigars out there I would reach for first. It is awesome that they want to support the New York retailers, so if you get a chance be sure to return the favor. While this one is not a homerun it is a nice single or double.


(Total: 8.7)