The Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova doesn’t disappoint as the cigar maker continues to make some of the best cigars on the market
When we met Alec Bradley’s Casey Aldulaimi one afternoon at En Fuego Cigars & Lounge here in Las Vegas, he really wanted us to try a few of his favorite sticks. In addition to the Alec Bradley Coyol Petit Lancero (review coming soon!), which we smoked with him on the spot, another we hadn’t enjoyed, but he recommended, was the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova.
We’ve gone on and on about the Alec Bradley Post Embargo – one of our favorite cigars of the past year – but hadn’t really delved deeper into the line as the Las Vegas Cigar Guys. As such, we decided to start with the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova.
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Binder: Nicaragua (double binders)
Filler: Nicaragua (3 regions including Esteli)
Size: 50 x 5 (Terra Nova Robusto)
The Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova is an attractive medium bodied cigar with an almost perfect wrapper. Looking closely, it was free of any imperfections with a nice feel and slight oily sheen. As usual, Alec Bradley does a nice job with branding as the band and color really jump off the cigar and scream at you to grab off the shelf of the humidor.
Once cut, the pre-light draw was flawless with a nice even straight tobacco taste. After removing the foot band, it was time to light this bad boy and get to business.
Quite simply the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova is a top-shelf cigar that smokes like a dream.
The Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova lit nicely and already we could taste some pepper to start. It was not overwhelming or harsh, but a bit different than a black pepper in other cigars. Almost more like a bell pepper taste and aroma from the start. After a few puffs, it quickly moved into the creaminess we’ve come to love in most Alec Bradley cigars. It quickly shot off some cocoa notes with some nutty, earthy flavors as well. It’s off to a stellar and even start. The burn is even and ash picture perfect.
The second third of the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova is all about that creaminess. The cigar mellows out here – not that it was overly stout. The cocoa, caramel and a toasty note come on strong and really put us in a relaxed mood. That’s why we smoke, isn’t it? The creaminess continued as we neared the end of the second third of the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova. The burn was consistent and even and one of us was able to build a nice 2 inch ash taking us into the final third.
Although the creaminess that dominated the second third of the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova continues into the home stretch, the pepper and spice of the first third return. The cigar becomes more medium-bold here again. It’s a nice end to a very smooth cigar without any harshness. It was exactly what we experienced with other Alec Bradley sticks – remarkable consistency throughout.
Casey certainly didn’t do us wrong with the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova recommendation. Quite simply, the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Terra Nova is a top-shelf cigar that smokes like a dream. It’s a stick that we’re adding permanently to our humidors. Even though it’s not a pricey cigar, it would be worth even a few dollars more – it’s that enjoyable.
Rating: 4 out of 5