Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

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alec bradley tempus maduro imperator

alec_bradley_tempus1 The two reviews we have for you today on focus on the popular Alec Bradley brand. Up first is the Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Imperator, which will be followed by the Alec Bradley Spirit of Cuba Habano Churchill.

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Imperator

The Alec Bradley brand has garnered plenty of fans through the years thanks to many of its quality cigars. One of its most revered brands is the Tempus, which managed to receive high ratings from cigar critics and fans alike. To build on the success of the original Tempus, the Tempus Maduro was released with a slight tweaking of its predecessor’s composition. I enjoyed the original Tempus, so I am expecting another favorable experience from this Maduro Imperator I am about to sample.

The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Imperator measures 6 1/8 x 52. The cigar also comes in the following sizes: the 5 x 50 Terra novo, 6 x 52 Medius 6, 6 ¾ x 54 Magistri, and the 7 x 49 Centuria. The Tempus Maduro has a filler blend of Honduran Trojes and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The binder is Honduran Trojes as well, and topping it off is a Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper. The wrapper is specially prepared using traditional Cuban fermentation process. The Tempus Maduro’s strength is said to fall between the medium and full-bodied categories.

The Tempus Maduro Imperator gives off a positive first impression thanks to its very dark and oily wrapper. The cigar is free of any major flaws and has a few tiny veins and a bit of tooth. The construction appears to be perfect and I feel zero soft spots. The decorative band near the head is quite large and displays the Alec Bradley name and logo in a gold, brown, and white color scheme that blends in nicely with the wrapper. The secondary band lets you know that you are smoking a Tempus and also carries a mostly gold color scheme. The pre-light aroma is sweet, while the cold taste is slightly spicy.

Once lit, the Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro has a burn that can be deemed flawless. The draw is just right and some solid dark gray ash appears. Absolutely no help from the lighter is needed in the form of touch-ups or re-lights. This is a slow burning cigar that let’s you take your time while enjoying it, and lucky for me, there is plenty to enjoy.


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