A stunning handmade from the maker of the 94-rated Tempus.
Alec Bradley is on a mission. First, the 94-rated Tempus is followed-up with the 90-rated Special Cabinet Reserve. Now, the small-batch Harvest Selection '97 has a tasty new counterpart. Introducing, Harvest Selection Habano, a stunning medium to full-bodied cigar cloaked by a beautiful Habano wrapper that’s thick, toothy, and chock full of good ‘n hearty flavors. Beneath this wrapper awaits a complex recipe of aged long-fillers, including Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican ligero – both from 1997 – and Nicaraguan Criollo from 1998. The result is a bold handmade boasting spicy-sweet notes of earth, coffee, and nuts complemented by a long, toasty finish.
Yowzers! It’s been some time since I’ve written one of these here review thingers, and the bossman has been on my arse to get one of these posted. BUT, before I dive into the review I have to send a shout out to one of our customers – Eric F. – who is currently in Iraq serving this great nation of ours. He requested I review the Alec Bradley Harvest Selection Habano. Well Eric, here we go!
First, it’s well worth mentioning that the blends Alec Bradley has been releasing lately have been impressive to say the least with many yielding well deserved high ratings and culminating with the uber-impressive 94-rated Tempus. Equally impressive have been some of Alan Rubin’s small-batch releases which include the Harvest Selection ’97 and now the Harvest Selection Habano. Finished with an oily Habano wrapper, this cigar is comprised of Dominican Piloto Cubano, Mexican Ligero and Nicaraguan Criollo long fillers that blend together to form a recipe for the utmost in cigar enjoyment.
As you may know, we just had our annual CigarFest this past weekend. Ahhh CigarFest…a chance to get together with 3000 of our fanatical cigar smokin’ folks and hobnob with the superstars of the industry. My buddy Alan Rubin was there and he happened to have a corona sized Harvest Habano on him which I somehow “acquired” from the pocket of his crazy shirt. You know the ones…the shirts those Miami fellas like to wear. Anyway, for this review I went with that very same corona – a 5.5”x42 vitola that burns for about 40 minutes. Lemme tell ya, this thing is smooth! My palate is greeted with a subtle spice, a hint of sweetness and a creamy finish that is downright deeelish. As I get further into it, the spice lingers yet the flavor has become almost velvet-like, not to mention the aroma which will create jealousy amongst your peers and make you infinitely more attractive to women (one of them fancy Cuban style Miami shirts might help too).
Medium to Full in strength with a flavor that doesn’t quit and an equally pleasing price! If you haven’t tried the Harvest Selection Habano yet…well, what are ya waitin’ for?