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Quick Smoke: Alec Bradley Prensado (CRA Edition)

23 Jun 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Even though Cigar Aficionado dubbed the Prensado the “Cigar of the Year,” I must confess I haven’t smoked one in at least a year. Unintentionally, my colleague posted some skeptical thoughts about the cigar the day after the best-of-2011 announcement, which garnered considerable support in the comments. Still, when this Churchill-sized version of the Prensado (it’s not clear if this is different at all from the normal Churchill size) showed up in my CRA Sampler, it was one of the first cigars I lit up. Featuring rich dark flavors, including distinctive molasses notes along with cocoa, pepper, and black coffee, it’s not hard to see why the Prensado has garnered high awards, even if the price ($10) is a little steep. Is it the cigar of the year? Probably not if I’m picking. But I still think the Prensado is a very good cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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5 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Alec Bradley Prensado (CRA Edition)”

  1. Nick Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Changed our tune then, have we? 😉

    • Patrick Semmens Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      The previous (less favorable) review was by my colleague Patrick A.

  2. mighty Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    There is a part of me that wonders if they changed the blend up a bit in this line. I seem to recall having one of these a couple of years ago and I really didn't like it. After not carrying it for a while, the cigar shop brought them back in and it seemed to be a better cigar.

    I wish they weren't so expensive as I currently find they are a fairly decent smoke when you want that flavor profile, but for me having to pay the 10-12 dollars, it is not a frequent smoke.

  3. Mirrorlure7m Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Nice review. I have some put away to age.

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