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Cigars: Alec Bradley Sun Grown Blend

Since its release, the Alec Bradley Ameri​can Classic has been a hit, a winner through and through. Carefully blended by Alan Rubin, the line now has a new member of the family, and it’s a home-run. Enter the new Alec Bradley American Sun Grown. This Nicaraguan puro utilizes the same Nicaraguan long-fillers as the American Classic, but now comes nestled inside a beautiful Nicaraguan sun-grown habano wrapper.


This leaf imparts a heartier, spicier, and overall richer character, while retaining the smooth balanced core that made the American Classic so enjoyable. Medium to full in body, the Sun Grown is complex yet smooth, and dishes out notes of black pepper, cedar, and nuts with a slight sweetness occasionally entering the fray. No doubt a more robust offering, the Sun Grown hits its mark, proving that sometimes the simplest ideas have the best results.

This is the description from Cigar Aficionado: “The Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend will have a Nicaraguan core of Estelí and Condega filler tobaccos and a Jalapa binder, the same as found on the Alec Bradley American Classic. But instead of a Honduran Connecticut seed wrapper, American Sun Grown will wear a sun-grown Habano leaf from the Jalapa region of Nicaragua, making them Nicaraguan puros. The Sun Grown cigars are being rolled at Plasencia Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua.”


Creaminess shows up early and envelops the spice. There is a pie crust component to it…sweetness. And then here comes the Nicaraguan cocoa experience. It bathes my mouth in delectable dark chocolate. And with it, is the taste of almonds to round out the candy bar experience.

Less than an inch in and this cigar is showing off its pedigree. It is a meaty cigar. It quickly gets close to full body at this point. There is an Illuision quality to it. That dark deepness. The depth of character. I love this cigar. And I have nothing to do with the Alec Bradley folks.

The trick is to let them rest a bit. Do not smoke these sticks upon receipt. Give them a month and you will be rewarded.

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