Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Alec Bradley New York "Empire" Toro Review
Alec Bradley New York "Empire" (Toro) - 6 X 54. Wrapper - Honduras Criollo '98, Binder - Honduras Criollo '98, Filler - Nicaragua & Honduras. Medium - full bodied.
Initial taste - Dry wood and a slight pepper.
First Third - An earthiness accompanied by cedar and mild spice.
Second Third - An earthy sweetness with increased spice and a cedar background. Very good balance.
Last Third - Spice is in the forefront now followed by the earthy sweetness and underlying cedar. Long finish of earthiness and spice.
Construction, burn (dark gray ash) and draw were perfect as with all Alec Bradley products.
I found this cigar to be very well balanced with enough complexity to keep it interesting and very enjoyable to smoke. This cigar is only available for New York State retail tobacconists. MSRP on this vitola is $12.75 (includes New York State taxes) which this cigar is definitely worth. A definite recommend.