Review of Alec Bradley Nica Puro
Diamond Rough Cut Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
The name says it all. Alec Bradley's Nica Puro is a Nicaraguan puro made entirely with tobaccos from Nicaragua, and the Diamond Rough Cut refers to the box pressed diamond shape of the cigar. This cigar does not only have an unique shape, but there is also an extra filler leaf in the blend when compared to the regular Alec Bradley Nica Puro line of cigars. The Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut is a limited edition cigar available in only one size (6.25 x 54). They went on the market in November 2014, but there were still some left on retailers' shelves as of this writing.
Before lighting up, I cut into the cap of the cigar with a v-cutter, which worked perfectly with the cigar's unique diamond shape. After firing up and starting to puff, the cigar provided a very pleasant sweet and toasty flavor that was medium-to-full bodied. After about 10 minutes, the taste became more earthy with still a bit of natural tobacco sweetness remaining. Within another five minutes or so, a leathery flavor with just a hint of sweetness became predominate. The cigar had a good draw, relatively even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 90 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining.
Overall, I rate the Alec Bradley Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut cigar with a very solid 4 points on a 5-point scale. However, I did enjoy the first 10 minutes of the cigar even more, and would rate just that portion a bit higher. At an MSRP of $7.75 per single Toro, with some online retailers selling them for less than $7 per stick, you might consider scarfing up a few before these limited edition cigars are all gone.
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