I smoked the corona last night. A little bitter off the start, but smoothed out very quickly. The burn was decent, a little raggedy at times, and needed relights if put down; soft and a little short of tobacco as you would expect from a cigar at this price point. I enjoyed the cigar, the flavor wasn't bad, I smoked it almost to the nub. However, an everyday cigar from Alec Bradley should be better than this. There are a lot of very decent everday cigars out there from less prestigious makers that cost less and are better smokes. Overall: meh.
This stick has really surprised me. Admittedly it's my first AB experience, so maybe this is more of a revelation. Construction is excellent, burn is cool and even. The tastes are just great, I won't try to compare them to nuts and salted meat, etc., but they are damn good. Of course, thanks to CI for allowing my tight wallet to permit this experience to happen.
Read a lot of glowing reviews for this cigar, so when I saw them on a bid site for dirt cheap, I pulled the trigger. The first two that I smoked were a little bitter and not to my liking, so I let them sit for a month or so. Well, the extra time in the humi really made a big difference. Creamy right off the bat, along with a woodsy, cedary twang to them. I'm sure they will get even better with further aging.
Not great, but really good. Uncomplicated, medium-bodied tobacco flavor, start to finish. Smooth draw, solid burn and construction. Perfect cigar for a football tailgate. The food equivalent of this cigar would be a top-notch double cheeseburger on a kaiser. It ain't Beef Wellington, but who wants Beef Wellington all the time?
The perfect medium bodied smoke. A great morning treat with a nutty creaminess and enough spice to get you going. A little bit sweet and woody but not to complex. A good draw, well constructed with a even and smokey burn.
I received this in my monthly shipment and was anxious to smoke this cigar. I let it rest in my humidor for just over a week. The Conneticut-seed wrapper was a creamy color with a slight oily sheen. The feel was not too soft and the appearance was that of a much more costly cigar. The foot lit easily and the burn was even. A white ash developed and fell off on its own at just over 2-inches. It redeveloped on its own and formed a beautiful white ash that lasted to the nub. The initial flavor was a bit peppery with a hint of spice and quickly mellowed into a cedary, sweet spice. The cigar was not too complex and was enjoyable. The finish was a little cocoa with hints of a sweet spice. This would be a good cigar with a good cup of coffee early in the morning. It is not overbearing nor complex, but still very enjoyable.
After throwing back a 5-pack this week I can say, they taste like "A Cigar" and nothing more. Nothing unique about this Miami oldschooler but no more than a yard gar to me. Tastes like decent tobaco, nothing unique. Still a good smoke but I feel like AlecB has more to offer in his other lines. I LOVE what he's doing and he really is taking over this industry by storm! Keep it up AB!
It's always nice to find a new stick. The "AB, American Classic" really surprised me.
Creamy cedar, nuts, coffee and a smooth tobacco core. Perfect draw and burn right down to the nub. That's right the nub, that's how cool this stick smoked. The price
point is affordable.... no reason not to try them. I'll be buying more.
A pleasent surprise, I shouldn't surprised be because it is an alec Bradley after all. But,I really didn't expect much out of this cigar. It's very mild and great for a morning smoke. The flavors are not over powering and very pleasant. Nice creamy,smooth cigar! No harshness I believe the tobacco is well aged.
I have yet to try a single Alec Bradley offering that didn't impress me with its concept, flavor, construction & unfortunately, somewhat uneven burn. The American Classic Blend is no exception. The massive 6" X 60 Gordo Toro is a creamy, smooth mild/medium bodied treat that indulges the senses from pre light to the not so bitter end. Delicious, even if it may be the mildest AB blend I have yet tasted. Notes of cedar mingle with mildly spicy hints of vanilla. The pale Connecticut wrapper is flawless & skillfully draped over a firmly packed body of long fillers. Actually, even the burn was pretty much spot on, with just a slight tendency to tunnel. No touch ups were required however. All in all, very nicely executed. 90/100 & recommended.
The American Classic Toro was included in CI's mild & mellow sample #4. It is very flavorful, with a great aroma. Mild enough even for a beginner. Highly recommend this stick.
Got the Alec Bradley American Blend out of a sampler (CI's mild & mellow sample #4). I have smoked 6 of the 10 cigars out of the sampler and this was my favorite so far. Definitely recommend this mild-medium bodied smoke to anyone.
I managed to wrangle a 3 clams per stick deal on 10 of the Gordo Toros & set several aside for aging.... It's been several months since I last sparked one up, so I decided to continue the recent AB reviews, which have included any burn issues I encountered.... Alec Bradley being the purveyor of a slew of well deserved 90+ rated gems. ACB is no exception, earning a 90 from me & representing an outstanding mild bodied Connecticut. The Gordo size seems perfect for an extended morning session with expresso or tea. Flavorful, creamy smooth, even a bit complex, when compared to most of its peers. Don't sleep on Alec Bradley's American Classic Blend if you are a mildhead, who yearns for a bit more from their daily Connecticut wrapped cigar. Available at just over my strict limit of 5 bones, keeping your eyes open can net you a deal on these. Considering the 45% discount I received, it would be hard to find a better mild cigar for less.
I really do love the Alec Bradley American Classic, I smoke mine in the torpedo vitola. Great price for a great tasting stick! $5 a stick keeps these a mainstay in my humidor. It starts off strong with a bit of pepper spice but mellows out to a extremely smooth flavor that still packs a punch. A true medium body in flavor but slightly stronger than most mediums. A great smoke and one of my favorites!
Like many of the other reviews, the Classic Blend was a fairly good cigar. I treated myself to a Churchill the other night, and it was a solid, enjoyable smoke - up until I hit the last 20% or so. For whatever reason, it started burning hot, and was consequently bitter. Looking at the other reviews, it seems like mine must have been a fluke, and could've been magnified by the windy conditions I was enjoying it in. Overall, I'd give it a 85/100...