Try Post-Embargo Post-Haste Joe Where do you start reviewing cigars? With an old classic, with something edgy and new? With grape flavored cigarillos? Well, probably not that last option. Picking a blend to review was a tough choice, but ultimately it came down to one simple answer. Review something that we haven’t reviewed before. And in all of our staff reviews, I could only find a few Alec Bradley blends. There’s our ticket, then. This is shocking for a few reasons. The first is, as I’m sure many of you know, Alec Bradley consistently releases some of the best cigars on the market. They’ve got a ton of 90+ rated cigars, and we all remember when Prensado won Cigar of the Year. Taking all that out of the equation: I light up Alec Bradley cigars all the time. And if you’ve never met Alan Rubin, the man behind the brand, he’s one of the hardest working men in the cigar industry. This guy’s commitment to bringing his customers a fantastic stick is outstanding. So, let’s correct this right now, and talk about Alec Bradley’s new cigar from 2015, the Post Embargo. Every name in the cigar biz has a story, and this one’s no different. In short, Rubin welcomes the “challenge” of Cuban cigars entering the market. As he explains is, when reviewers talk about “non-Cubans,” they imply that Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Honduran cigars are somehow worse. In a second class. Now, you and I both know that’s not true, but Rubin throws down the gauntlet. “Try my cigars next to Cuban cigars”, he challenges, and promises you won’t be disappointed. Let’s move on to breaking down the actual cigar. The band is nice, showing a Cuban flag on the left, and an American flag on the right. The design is intricate without being messy. But, I’m not here to try out the band. The actual cigar features a near-seamless Honduran wrapper, over two binder leaves (one Honduran & one Nicaraguan), and a mixture of fillers from the same countries. The draw and burn are perfect, and the creamy, full bodied flavor of this cigar is awesome down to the nub. There’s a lot of spice and cedar up front, but the core flavor is an earthy sweetness that I think any cigar lover will enjoy. Don’t take this as a negative: this is not my favorite Alec Bradley cigar. But with 20+ different premium cigars currently in production from AB, I don’t think that’s an insult. Post Embargo is another worthy addition to the Alec Bradley offerings, definitely a highlight of last year’s releases. Grab a 5-pack or treat yourself to a box, and you’ll surely be satisfied.