Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

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alec-bradley-maxx-connecticut1 Alec Bradley and Gurkha are two well respected names in the cigar game, so we decided to review two of their cigars for today’s post, beginning with the Alec Bradley Maxx Connecticut The Freak and ending with the Gurkha Legend Toro.

Alec Bradley Maxx Connecticut The Freak

The folks at Alec Bradley developed the Maxx Connecticut line in response to favorable reviews and demand for its original Maxx line. It’s supposedly mellower than its predecessor, while still remaining flavorful at the same time. The Maxx Connecticut also offers a variation on the original’s wrapper, as well as some larger ring gauges. I have been looking for a solid smoke to get my mornings started off on the right foot, so maybe this Maxx Connecticut The Freak will be just what the doctor ordered.

I decided to pick up the largest vitola from the Alec Bradley Maxx Connecticut line, dubbed The Freak. It’s a monster that measures 6 3/8 x 60. Other sizes in the line include the 5 x 58 The Fix, 6 1/2 x 54 The Culture, and the 7 x 58 The Curve. The Maxx Connecticut’s filler is a blend of tobaccos from Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its binder is Costa Rican, while the wrapper is Ecuadorian Connecticut. The strength of the Maxx Connecticut is listed as being medium-bodied.

The most obvious thing that stands out when looking at the Maxx Connecticut The Freak is its huge size. This is not a cigar for the faint of heart or for those in a hurry. The golden brown wrapper is slightly oily and is smooth overall. A few minor veins run throughout the body. I see no major imperfections and feel zero soft spots as I give the cigar a good ole pat down. The band near the head displays the Alec Bradley Maxx Connecticut name over a gold and maroon color scheme. As I take a whiff of the Maxx Connecticut The Freak I am greeted by a sweet scent and cold taste.

After lighting the Maxx Connecticut The Freak I experience an effortless draw. The ash is solid and light gray in color. The burn is slow, which combined with The Freak’s massive size means you must have plenty of time on your hands to enjoy it all. No touch-ups or re-lights are needed at all.


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