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Stogie Reviews: Alec Bradley Maxx The Fix

4 Mar 2008

maxxIn all honesty, I’ve pulled fewer sticks from the humidor with lower expectations. The combination of a silly name and a girth that seems more appropriate for a billy club isn’t what I look for in a cigar.

On the other hand, I have read and heard good things about this line. So, with some serious reading to do, I thought I’d give the Maxx a try.

I got the five inch by 58 ring gauge “The Fix” at the 2007 Cigar Artisans a couple of months ago. According to Alec Bradley’s website, the blend is a complex one. The wrapper is a lovely Nicaraguan Habano; the binder from Costa Rica; and the filler is a four-nation mix from Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Honduras.

I’ve seen different listings for the single stick price. Some sources put it at $4.75, others at $5. Boxes of 20 appear to run around $90.

Keeping up the theme of honesty, I have to say that the cigar was much better than I anticipated. It took a bit to get it lit, which wasn’t a surprise given the ring size. But it burned evenly through most of the smoke, even though I put it in the ashtray frequently.

The taste was smooth and the draw was fine. While not a particularly complex cigar — not as full-bodied as its advertising touts — it was satisfying, with a nice tobacco taste and touches of sharp cocoa and coffee.

If a large cigar is what you like, I suggest you give the Maxx a try. For me, however, the ring size is just too big to be comfortable and, because of that, I feel I can give it a rating of only three out of five stogies.

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George E

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Drew Estate

14 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Alec Bradley Maxx The Fix”

  1. Andrew Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Thanks for the review. This cigar has been hit or miss for me, but maybe that depends on my mood/surroundings more than the tobacco. What have you guys noticed in consistency here?

  2. Jon Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    I've been very scared of these for many of the same reasons (size, gimmickry, etc.). But maybe I'll give one a shot. Even still, anything closely approaching 60 is a pretty ridiculous ring gauge.

  3. George E. Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    I can't speak to consistency. This is the only one I've tried.

  4. Ricardo Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    I've had quite a few of these and found consistency to be very high. George hit the nail on the head with his review and the description of taste.

  5. Jack R Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 4:44 am #

    Like the reviewer, I had low expectations (due to my own ignorance). Had never heard of Alec Bradley until I ran across an ad for MAXX in a mail-order catalog. Looked and sounded cheap. My favorite cigar shop owner recommended it, though. Tried it and loved it. Now I always keep a handful in my humidor. Have only tried the CulTure (6.5×54), but found it a consistently enjoyable smoke.

  6. Darren L. Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    I really enjoy this cigar. I am looking for something that is comparable in flavor but not so large in stature. Any suggestions?

  7. Mark Stanaj Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Well I can say that this is one of my favorite cigars…the construction is good, and the draw is good also…I like the medium to full bodiness of the cigar…I think the tobacco is nicely aged and not harsh on the palate…I think this cigar should be rated at least "4 cigars"..sorry george!

  8. Monty Montgomery Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    I have to agree with Mark, i have been smoking Alec Bradley's MAXX brand since Spring of 07. The Company sent me two free boxes while i was serving in Iraq. Nice pull, medium taste, and a great price. Need to try the Freak, some people run from them, but with a good bottle of scotch, you will never go wrong.

  9. Sticks Friday, January 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    I have a few of these in my humidor and after being disappointed by the Temptest, I was not expectiong much from this log of a cigar. I was pleasantly surprised and your review was dead on. I don't mind the larger size of a stick like this and I really enjoyed it. I have three more to look forward to.

  10. Jman Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    I've noticed the inconsistency as well. Some cigars burn nicely with a smoother finish, some burn unevenly with a harsh after taste. My wife bought a box because she got a good deal. I have suggested that she doesn't buy these again.

  11. Mike Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    I received a 5 pack sampler of the Maxx line as a bonus from CI. I thought the Maxx Connecticut and the Maxx Traditional were very good. They were more flavorful and more complex than the "Fix." Also, they were regular toro sizes.

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