Alec Bradley Black Market

I picked up the Black Market at a local shop. Unfortunately they only had one size, so I was stuck with buying a couple of the Gordo’s. I always keep my eye on Alec Bradley. They make one of my favorite cigars, the Tempus. So with a glass of water, I got to smoking the Alec Bradley Black Market.


Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panama, Honduras

Size: Gordo 6 x 60

Price: Around $8.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a nice velvety appearance, with only a couple medium sized veins. The smell of the wrapper had a barn yard smell, and the foot was more earthy and woody. The cigar was rock solidly packed with tobacco. As a result, the draw was way too tight. The pre-light draw flavor was sweet.

The ash held for around an inch or more, and the burn required a couple small corrections. The tight draw really got on my nerves. At the half way point, it loosened up a bit but was still a distraction. The other one I smoked did not have this issue.

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The initial puffs of the first third was a simple earthiness. Through the nose was an easy pepper. A rich woodiness developed after about an inch. There was an interesting tang that I couldn’t put my finger on. Fruity perhaps? It was so mild I never figured it out.

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The second third had a pleasant turn of events. The cigar woke up when comparing it to the dull first third. The pepper livened up and had a nice easy zing. The earthy and woody flavors combined nicely. That tang I mentioned before remained in the background and was elusive.

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The last third didn’t change at all in terms of flavor. The body and strength crept up to the upper medium to lower full range. That’s about it.

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This was an OK medium to full bodied cigar. I guess Alec Bradley has me spoiled with the Tempus. The Black Market doesn’t even come close. But, this isn’t supposed to be a comparison. I would be curious to try this in a different size. This large size didn’t seem to fit. It is too one dimensional for my taste.

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10 Responses to “Alec Bradley Black Market”

kerry luvs cigars February 18th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I am smoking the Toro. The draw is a little tight, but I love the taste and smell of this cigar. The Black Market for me is like comfort food.

Adam February 19th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Shame you didn’t really like it. Could possibly be the ring gauge, I smoked the toro a couple times and enjoyed it for the most part. Definitely no Tempus by any means.

Hogman21 February 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 am

Tom I really didn’t care much for this cigar when I reviewed it. I think u and I are in the minority. To me it was just ok and lacked the complexity and flavor I look for in a smoke. Great job buddy.

abraxas828282 February 24th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Did not like this stick either. For some reason AB has not been doing it for me lately. I don’t even like the Tempus that much. To many other better sticks for my money. Thanx for the review Tom!

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Tom March 1st, 2012 at 7:29 pm

If I can find these in a smaller size, I will definitely give them a chance. I love 60 ring cigars, but some blends just don’t do well in that size. Maybe this is one of them.

Micah May 11th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

You nailed this one Tom. My toro was identical to your experience. Nice and woody and that fruity tang I couldn’t figure out either, it was way too subtle. I kind of enjoyed it but almost got a little bored with it.

Robert September 7th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I had a couple in Robusto size and also agree that while easy going, it lacked much complexity in the flavor. Construction was quite good but not great. There are other cigars I greatly prefer in this price range, so I will likely not try any of the other sizes. I wouldn’t say that the cigar was dissapointing but I wouldn’t recommend it either.

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