Micro Review: Alec Bradley Black Market

Micro Review:

Alec Bradley Black Market Toro (6 x 50)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panamanian, Honduran

Blender: Arsenio Ramos


The Black Market has an oily dark chocolate colored wrapper with a classic barnyard smell that many maduro cigars have. The cigar has a decent heft to it and is incredibly solid. A lick on the cap is sweeter than expected with coco notes. The draw is firm after a run through the double guillotine but there are the coco notes and an earthy note that leans to clove.

The first third brings on sweet notes of chocolate on the palate and earth and wood through the nose. There is surprisingly little spice on the first third of this cigar despite the Nicaraguan wrapper. The only place it shows up is lightly through the nose in the form of a mild black pepper.

The middle third brings on more black pepper taste but not the heat of pepper just the flavor. The clove flavors are on the sharper side and the finish retains this quality. The retrohale is a more musky version of what is on the palate. The final third brings more of the same balanced refined flavors. No harshness develops. The only difference is that the entire flavor from draw to retrohale to lingering finish takes on a mild oak undertone and a slight increase in spice throughout; just enough to keep it interesting.

The Black market burns extremely slow and even all the way down. Perfect rings are left in the ash indicating every puff. Construction and presentation are impeccable. Balance is the key to this cigar’s subtle transitions. This is one of the most impressive cigars from Alec Bradley. Find it. Buy it.

2 hours 15 minutes was not quite long enough. Finger burning good.


~ by kuzi16 on August 15, 2013.

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