Bradley Prensado Churchill Review & Rating
Review & Rating | 4 March 2013 |
by Jeandré Hartman of Cigar Affection
Bradley is a cigar brand that I greatly admire for different
reasons and one of them is that they manufacture beautiful cigars.
I am utterly intrigued by cigars that look like works of art.
is well known that the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill was Cigar
Aficionado's cigar of the year for 2011. This cigar features
a wrapper leaf called Trojes from Honduras with a Nicaraguan
binder and the filler is a blend of Honduras and Nicaraguan
tobacco. The cigar is completely made from Central American
could hardly believe my eyes when I walked into a tobacconist in a
well known shopping centre in Pretoria and saw that he had 2
Prensado Churchills in stock. I have only seen it in
pictures before and needless to say, I bought both.
took me a while to do the review since I had to wait for the right
occasion. This is not just a cigar you can light up and go, no,
for a cigar like the Prensado and especially the Churchill vitola
you need time, and preferably an occasion too. If you don't have
an occasion worthy of an Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill then
the moment came and I held it in my hand to light it up excitement
came over me. I did not know what to expect - how will it taste?
Will I like it? It goes without saying that I had very high hopes!
had a look at her and got infatuated all over again. The label
screams style and class with it's gold embossing with different
swirls. There is also some turquoise and burgundy colour motives
as well as a shield and on the top Alec Bradley proudly stands on
black written in gold letters. A work of art all by itself.
cigar is long as Churchills are and the leafy wrapper is dark,
oily and rich.
I made the cut across that beautiful head and the pre-light draw
was hayish... nothing... again... only hay? I was worried... In
hindsight I now realise that my expectations was so high that I
somehow expected magic pre-light smoke or something...
I lit her.... Got her going and made the first draw and then again
nothing... It was just smoke... I thought what is going on? All
this hype and I am experiencing none of that? Another draw...
waited her out and after about half a centimetre in she became
alive. Suddenly the smoke started talking to my taste buds... At
long last, I felt relieved!
I expected was full-body bomb blast and attack of complex flavours
but there are none of these. The Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill
pulls you in and as time goes by the cigar bestows new flavours
over your palate. Take this as a warning from me again - make sure
you have enough time to smoke the Churchill. You will lose out on
the experience if you try and rush this cigar.
As I already pointed out, nothing much happened in the first half
centimetre. Right after that the 1/3 came alive. Salty leather,
though very delicate, became recognisable. With every second draw
there would be a hint of something that carries the essence of
sweetness, but it is not a chocolate kind of sweet - no, this is
only the essence of something sweet.
tasted again, the leather and vague salt now gone... the sweetness
is there... it's coming on... GOT IT! Coffee bean! The most
delicate sweet essence of coffee bean. That flavour that you get
when you walk pass a great coffee shop - remember that sweet smell of
coffee? Now that is the sweet essence coffee bean taste I'm
is so subtle but such an experience when you discover it. I
personally have never tasted this variant of coffee bean in a
cigar. In my mind I can actually see the coffee beans in the
cigar. You taste it as if it is there... Hard to explain but that
is really how it is.
coffee bean is pretty much what you are going to get but as the
end of 1/3 approach there is strong toast present... You could really taste the toasty tobacco
with the coffee bean below it and then the toast went away, never
During this part of this cigar that is now coming alive I sensed
that the taste is now becoming saltier, although I can't say that
it was leather. Just a subtle saltiness. That tastes so good. The
coffee bean is ever present and this combination works. So far
only essence of the coffee bean is present with no real sweetness
but there is no bitterness either.
of a sudden I sense spice. Then it is gone... then it comes back.
Now this time it stays. Wow, it tingles my mouth and leaves a
soft, cool cayenne pepper burn in my mouth. I have smoked cigars
that burn way more with spice but here the Prensado manages to not
give those with a sensitive palate a fright. This cool cayenne
pepper is now a permanent experience and I am smiling whilst
smoking this cigar!
Here the cayenne pepper fades and turns into leather - and I adore a salty, leather taste in a cigar. The coffee bean is now
gone, it is just salty leather. This is so good that I wish it
could have been like this for the whole cigar, but then I would
have lost the first part of discovering the coffee bean and spice
I so enjoyed!
halfway through 3/3 the cayenne pepper comes back but this time is
really talks to me. After about 3 draws the pepper is gone and I
smoke the cigar until my fingers burn - that's how close the coal
was up to where I could hold it.
at this final stage the smoke was not burning me and there was no
bitterness of tar that you sometimes get when some of the cigars
start growing fangs near the end.
had to let go of her because I had to choose between burning my
fingers off or typing this review.
2/3 up until the end of 3/3 the cigar took me places. It was a
real journey and what a taste adventure.
only gripe will be that the cigar takes a while to get going for
the flavours to be released but if I look back now, I think that
was the plan. To take you through a maze of exiting and unexpected
can say with an open heart and a humbled spirit that this was one
of the greatest cigars I have ever smoked. It is a true
gentleman’s cigar. There is no blowing-up-in-your-face-strength
but just the beauty of a mildly complex cigar that change flavours
that gets better with every 3rd draw.
ends with a climax and it leaves you sated.
compliments to Alec Bradley and to the blenders. This is truly a
superb smoke. I had no burn issue problem and it worked like a
winning cigar should.
promise is that my humidor will never be without another Alec
Bradley Prensado Churchill and for that reason this cigar also
received Cigar Affection's Humdor Premium Select stamp of
will review the shorter Prensado Gran Toro at a later stage to see
how it stacks up against the Churchill. For those of you that
don't know, the Gran Toro was no.20 in Cigar Aficionado's Top 25
of 2010. So this line of cigars, the Alec Bradley Prensado, was a
winner from the start!
for now, I am a very happy man!
your hands on one as soon as you can!!!
Bradley Prensado Churchill
of origin: Honduras
de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L.
/ 7 Inches
are reviewed on appearance (20 points), quality of construction
(30 points) and an overall satisfaction rating (30 points).
points: 100 Maximum.
& Rating by Jeandré
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