Alec Bradley Raices Cubanas Cigars
Alec Bradley Raices Cubanas
Carrying a name that might sound familiar to those smokers in the know, the new Alec Bradley-distributed Raices Cubanas cigar is a Honduran-born treat even noobs should experience despite knowing nothing about the tobacco business. To enlighten those who are wondering what the hell we’re going on about, Raices Cubanas is a cigar factory in Danlí owned by the Endemaños and is responsible for producing not only all Alec Bradley’s superb smokes, but some of your other favorites including Illusione, many Padillas, and the often overlooked JFR. Partnering with Alec Bradley to get their work into eager hands, the Endemaño family utilized prized Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos to create a true gem of a stogie.
Somebody knew what they were doing when they created the packaging for the cigar, with a classic look that harkens back to the 1941 date stamped on each label, birth year of family patriarch Romay Endemaño. Each wrapper is slightly mottled and carries a few small veins, but otherwise it appears to have been laid over an expertly constructed vitola. Creamy yet peppery from a freshly lit foot, the ample billowing smoke is at first medium bodied and crisp in the nose. On towards a midpoint razor straight and burning cool, a grainy sweetness like fresh bread becomes apparent, backed by some coffee overtones and a caramel sweetness. Watch out for a spike in strength near the end once a rich earthiness makes an entrance.
Affordable enough to smoke on a regular basis yet refined in a way that makes you reach for a VSOP cognac, the Raices Cubanas is many things, but we think ‘impressive’ is the description you’ll use. You know you want some, so go ahead and click on the box of your choice. We’ll ship ‘em so fast it’ll be like smoking one yesterday.
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