Sunday, August 10, 2008

Alec Bradley Tempus Genesis (corona)


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Despite some delays in shipment due to an airplane crash in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, I was able to find and smoke the new Alec Bradley Tempus cigar. On May 30th, there was a terrible plane crash at the airport that Alec Bradley Cigar Co. uses to ship their cigars. Three hundred thousand cigars of Tempus, Trilogy and Maxx had to be re-routed to a neighboring airport which cost the cigar company a major inconvenience. A small sacrifice considering the tragedy of those who lost lives or were injured in the crash.


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My local cigar shop owner recommended this cigar to me when I asked him to select his favorite corona sized cigars from his walk-in humidor. The Alec Bradley Tempus was created with the special Honduran Criollo '98 wrapper in mind. This blend was originally intended for the Maxx cigar but because of concerns with consistency of obtaining the product, it was put off until now. Tempus is latin for "time" and because this cigar was seven years in the making, they felt it was an appropriate name for the cigar.


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The Tempus is available in five vitolas. The Genesis was rated a 90 by Cigar Insider. It measures 42 ring gauge by 5 and 1/2 inches. The cigar is wrapped with two handsome bands. The foot band has the name Tempus on it, which I find helpful in quickly identifying a cigar in my humidor. The design and color of both bands match the cigar wrapper perfectly. The dark, slightly reddish brown wrapper compliments the brown in the cigar band, just as it's rustic and veiny appearance goes well with the antique looking gold and silver design displayed on the main band. The wrapper had nice oils on it and had a "toothy" appearance with small dark brown splotches throughout. The cigar had a nice cedary and earthy aroma to it. The rest of this Honduran made cigar consists Honduran Corojo and Criollo tobacco, plus Nicaraguan tobacco for the filler blend. The Cigar Insider lists the binder as Indonesian and Honduran, which I'm a bit confused with since I didn't know that a cigar can be wrapped with two different binders. Maybe someone can enlighten me on that one.


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Clipping the loosely packed cigar was very easy. The draw was nice and free and tasted like pepper and earthy tobacco. The wind was blowing pretty hard while I was outdoors smoking this cigar, so I had a problem getting an even light on it. The burn line in fact stayed a little crooked throughout the smoke just like it did a previous time I had this cigar. The resting smoke smells amazing. Usually when the smoke blows in my husband's face he fans it away and moves to a different spot. This time he didn't move at all because the smell was so wonderful. (Note to all those with non-cigar smoking spouses!) The initial flavors were medium in body and tasted woody and earthy. There was also a roasted nut and vanilla flavor smoothly blended in and sometimes a note of leather. The flavors seemed to remain fairly consistent until the second third when, hallelujah! you hit the sweet spot. The flavors develop more fullness and richness. It has a nice rich delicious nutty taste, along with notes of mostly cedar and some leather. The cigar has some tannic characteristics which leaves the mouth a little dry. Some people may call this "toasty".


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The only problem I have with this cigar is it's uneven burn and dirty looking ash. I don't know if it was the wind doing it, but the cigar ash looked like a weird "fossil" with it's cracked appearance. It also doesn't hold on very well and when it lands, expect to get out the dust pan and broom for all the powdery remains. Also, the cigar develops some harshness in the last third so you may not want to try nubbing it.


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Overall, it's a nice little cigar with a strong nutty flavor that I really like. It retails for about $6.25 a stick which means an occasional buy for me. I would highly recommend it for smoking around people who normally freak out around cigar smoke. They will be pleasantly surprised by this cigar' aroma.


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A final note: I want to recommend that everyone check out the Women Cigar Smokers website. Ms. Heather Haddad (of Fumeeworld) is doing great things for women cigar shop owners as well as women cigar smokers. She has two very short surveys to take on her website if you are a female cigar smoker. In exchange she gives you a coupon for a free cigar (woot!) and a chance to win a box of cigars (double woot!). So please take the time to fill these out. I already did.


Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't also mention another great website for female cigar smokers, Women Who Smoke Cigars created by the lovely Damseln D'Stress. Sign up to become a member of this wonderful family of both men and women who love cigars. Might as well link up with more great minds that think a like.

2 comments:

Mr. Easter said...

Great Review!
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http://reviewcigars.blogspot.com/2010/01/alec-bradley-tempus.html

Mr. Easter said...

Great review! I like your writing style - check out my review on the Tempus
http://reviewcigars.blogspot.com/2010/01/alec-bradley-tempus.html

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