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Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend

While the Sun Grown Blend isn’t exactly new, it is the latest in the Alec Bradley American series. I enjoyed the Classic Blend, but it was sort of your run of the mill Connecticut. That’s not to say it was bad. I was curious how this would compare, so let’s get to it.

 

Wrapper: Honduras Connecticut

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Esteli, Condega

Size: Toro 50 x 6

Price: Around $7.00

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was very smooth, with virtually no seams or flaws. I can only describe the scent as earthy with typical rich tobacco. Squeezing the cigar revealed some hard spots, mainly towards the head. This caused the draw to be a little snug, and barely within my tolerances. The pre-light flavor was mild spice and dark cocoa.

The ash held for just about one inch, and the burn required a few small corrections. Luckily, the tight draw loosened up in the first third.

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Flavor:

The first third was a mixture of espresso, pepper, and nutty notes in the background. The smoke feel was dry, and had an interesting aftertaste. I couldn’t pin it down, but it reminded me of fruit.

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Espresso mellowed a bit in the second third, which allowed sweet creaminess to stand out. At the halfway point, wood and fruity notes joined in. The pepper calmed down, but kept some pep.

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The last third had dominant flavors of espresso and pepper. The sweet creaminess fell to the background, and the smoke feel became dry. That elusive fruity note remained way in the background, along with earthiness and a touch of leather.

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Conclusion:

This a good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. It had some nice complexities and nuances that held my interest. I may have been in a picky mood while smoking this cigar. In some small way, there was a lack of richness, except in the last third. This isn’t to say it was bad, and my mood could have been a factor while smoking this particular cigar. The American Sun Grown Blend is worth a try for sure.

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9 Responses to “Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend”

jjo November 30th, 2012 at 12:10 am

Just admit it, you’re a surly SOB, lol! I’ll have to try this one. I do like the American Classic in the AM with coffee. Have you tried the AB Connecticut yet?

Micah November 30th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I agree, a very good smoke. I just had one a few days ago. I got the same profile as you did Tom, except for a note of caramel right at the beginning. Mine was the big Gordo size. Keep up the good work.

Tom December 1st, 2012 at 6:02 pm

JJO – I admit it! Oh, the AB Connecticut? BOOM http://www.tomscigars.com/2010/12/02/alec-bradley-maxx-connecticut/

Micah – I wonder if the ring gauge difference caused this slight difference in flavor profile? It sounds good.

Random thought:
It came to my attention… I have a friend (you know who you are!) who tried this a few months ago. I think the cigar was too fresh. I recall ammonia being the dominant flavor description. I’m glad the two I smoked had nothing in common with that cigar.

jjo December 1st, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Tom – Oh, I was talking about the new Connecticut, not the Maxx. Kinda hard to keep track, I know.

Tom December 3rd, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Ooh yes, that one slipped past me. Another one I’ll keep an eye open for!

TomsUnnamedFriend December 4th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Ahem! I described the dominant flavor as “Dogshit DIPPED in ammonia.” Get it right you big, fat, greasy bitch!

Tom December 5th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Thirteen dudes will avenge me!

Captbilly December 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I tried this cigar in a recommendation. Was really disappointed. Like smoking nothing. Seems to smoke very hot with not much flavor

Tom December 24th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

CaptBilly – This seems to get mixed reviews. I may have to smoke a couple more and see if there are consistency issues.

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