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Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: SenorPablo

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Welcome to another Cigar Geeks Critique of a cigar provided to us by our good friends at Alec Bradley Cigars.  Up for review this time is one of their new lines - the Select Cabinet Reserve "SCR".  They have generously provided a number of cigars in the Robusto size for our memebrs to review.  Special thanks to member podman28 (aka Tim) for lining this up through his relationship with the Alec Bradley company.



Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve Robusto

Brand:
Alec Bradley
Name:
Select Cabinet Reserve Robusto
Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
50
Country of Origin:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Nicaragua
Binder:
Honduras
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Honduras
Color:
Colorado
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Robusto
Average Member Rating:
3.59 star rating based on 22 Review(s) (22 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Benziger Cabernet

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

The look and feel of this thing scream quality.  A nice shiny leathery looking wrapper with small veins running through it.  A hefty feel with a solid packed feel.  Aroma had hints of a light spice and coffee.  At this point i'm pretty pumped to light it up.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

After toasting the foot it, lit right up without issue.  A couple of good puffs and I was off.  The burn was straight for the most part.  From time to time it grew a little crooked but so much that it required a touch up.  It managed to produce a nice volume of smoke without trouble.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was very much too my liking.  Not too loose, it tugged just a bit when you pulled on it.  Tight enough to produce the right volume of smoke for me.  The wrapper was very nice smooth and clean looking.  Seeming slightly thicker than most giving it a solid feel where I did not worry about it tearing or coming apart.

Flavor and Aroma: 30 Points of 45 Possible

The flavor started out a bit of a raw tobacco with some interesting spice coming through.  A spice like a sweeter one you might use in a dessert rather than a black pepper type.  It made for an interesting start.

Half way through the spice started to dissapate and the earthy tobacco flavor developed into a nice leathery taste with hints of coffee coming through.

The last third, it started throwing some sweeter flavors with hints of coffee.  The spice seemed to come back once again with a slightly more black pepper than the earlier sweet spice flavor.  A sweet coffee flavor seemed to dominate the last third.  I really enjoyed it and wound up nubbing it.

Summary

This is a cigar definitely worth trying.  It clearly had a level of quality above your average cigar.  The complexity of the flavors throughout the smoke are what really grabbed my attention.  It's nice ton have one that changes up so much but still finishes with an enjoyable experience that makes you want to come back for more.

Thanks for Tim (poman28) for his efforts in getting this set up.  It was a good one for sure.


   
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