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Wednesday, 04 November 2009

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alecnovopic2Hello aficionados! Today let’s take a peek at a wonderful cigar from Alec Bradley, the Tempus Terra Novo, as well as the Habanero 87 Robusto from newcomers to the cigar industry, Fuentes Crucet.

Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Novo

Alec Bradley is a cigar manufacturer that ventured into the smoking world with virtually no experience. Started in 1996 by founder Alan Rubin, the company bears its name from the first names of Rubin’s children. Rubin decided to enter the cigar industry after previously working in the completely unrelated business of importing screws and bolts from the Far East. It was not until his collaboration with cigar expert Hendrik Kelner of industry giant Davidoff in 1999 on a special project that Rubin’s brand began to see success. Since then, despite his inexperience, Rubin has made a name for himself in the smoking world with such successful releases as the Maxx the Ego cigar, which has received favorable reviews across the board.


The Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Novo is the first brand from the manufacturer that boasts the company’s name, and is touted as the company’s flagship cigar. Perhaps that’s why it is the first to earn its self-descriptive moniker. The Tempus line is seven years in the making, according to its founder. Back in 2001, Rubin discovered a diamond in the rough in the form of a small tobacco farm on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. He was so impressed by the quality of the tobacco produced there that he decided to invest further. For you semantics nuts out there, Tempus is Latin for time and Terra Novo means new land. So, that may explain how the cigar got its name, as it’s a product that has been in the works for years and inspired by Rubin’s discovery of the small farm.

The Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Novo is a robusto that measures 5 x 50 and is considered to be a full-bodied cigar. Its aged Corojo and Criollo tobacco filler is a blend that comes from the Trojes region of Honduras. It has a Honduran Criollo 1998 wrapper and an Indonesian binder. Rubin is said to have purchased only the best leaves from each harvest for the wrapper.

As far as looks go, the Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Novo gets an A plus. The highlight of its appearance are the two decorative bands that are present. The bands are an elegant combination of brown and gold that give it somewhat of an ancient and regal feel. The band all the way at the foot of the cigar bears the name of the Tempus line. Near the head is a thicker band that bears the company name as well as some ornate patterns in gold. The bands alone exude class. As for the cigar itself, it has a mostly smooth texture with the exception of some veins and the Honduran wrapper somewhat of a reddish-earth color to it. Prior to lighting, you can get a bit of a fruity flavor and a spicy scent from the cigar. It is also well packed and firm to the touch.

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