Alec Bradley Black Market
I picked up a pack of these approx. a month ago shortly after the So Cal herf in Brea;
Mostly because brotheradam was smoking one and what he described from it sounded like something I'd like.
It's a really well constructed stick, no visible veins, heavy in the hand, visible cap for easy cutting.
I really enjoyed this stick for a number of reasons; It's a really complex and tasty stick that starts out as a smooth medium strength and then moves close to full strength at the last third. The mouth feel, or body, is pretty full through the whole stick. It's not too full though as I usually can't hold my own with so-called powerhouses. Plenty of smoke production on the draw.
What I liked most about this new stick from Alec Bradley is the complexity. It's not complex in the way that most people mean it; it didn't change it's flavor profile through the stick except once.
Instead, as a I smoked it from beginning to the last third, there were two distinct notes; Sweet leather over a really earthy taste with spice that I usually get from an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. I was enjoying both of these flavors concurrently. It was a really unique and pleasing experience.
The last third really poured on the pepper and body and it was a great way to finish an already complex stick.
I'm definitely going to keep these in stock and maybe do some rotations with the Tempus and Prensado which I also enjoy.
I highly recommend this stick for anyone who likes sumatra or San Andres wrappers. It's a great experience.