Blind Cigar Review: Alec Bradley | Blind Faith RobustoCigar Info

Despite many people’s perceptions, is not the name of a person. This is a combination of Alan Rubin’s, owner and creator of , son’s first names Alec and Bradley. They were just kids when Alan Rubin started the company, but now work side-by-side with their father. This is the first cigar they have blended completely on their own.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Like many other cigars, is made in Honduras at the Raices Cubanas. The blend contains a Honduran wrapper from the Trojes region; two binders one Nicaraguan from Jalapa and the other Honduran from Trojes, and Nicaraguan filler from Estelí Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99. They blended this cigar to be medium-full in strength. It come in 20 count boxes and three vitolas: 5 x 52 $8.95, Toro 6 x 52 $10, and Gordo 6 x 60 $10.95. The cigar debuted at IPCPR this year.

Vital Stats:

Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Binder: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo 98 & Corojo 99
Factory: Raices Cubanas
Blender: Alec Rubin & Bradley Rubin
Number of reviewers: 5 Daniel S. (Daniel S.) Diana (ArmyRN) Isaac M. (The Nothing) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) Matt H. (Mattehh)
Price: $8.95
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: August 2018
Contributed by: Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Alec Bradley | Blind Faith RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 92

“The first thing I notice about this cigar is the nice oily sheen to the wrapper. This has a smooth yet slightly rough exterior in a very handsome way. Veins are apparent but they are very well blended into the rolled wrapper without causing any lifts or cracks. The cap is very well constructed and blended in nicely to the body of the cigar. The foot reveals a very full filler and overall there is a nice brown color to the cigar that reminds me of coffee.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

Aroma: 93

“The wrapper smelled super sweet with a mix of cinnamon. The foot had an aroma of of pepper and kitchen spices.
Cold Draw was good and tasted just like the wrapper smelled.” –Daniel S. (Daniel S.)

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First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium

Body/Complexity: Medium

“It took a few puffs before I really got some noticeable flavor. Coffee mixed with wood and just a wee hint of sweetness was noted on the finish in the first half inch into the cigar. There was a gradual increase in the dark roast coffee and the addition of macadamia and pecan nuts that created a nice flavor. The sweet finish is still there and the retro kept the woody campfire notes going in the background.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

“The initial flavors started off much lighter than I expected. That being said, light doesn’t mean disappointing. I’m getting some subtle baking spice notes to go along with a mild white pepper. Through the nose the smoke is mild and the retrohale gives me some woody after flavors that round things off nicely. A good start!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Second Third

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Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“This third toned down on a lot of the flavors but was still more flavorful than other cigars. Smooth, sweet, leather and a dark berry round out this third for flavors. The wood disappeared or was so slight I didn’t taste it. The flavor did start getting a little sharp near the end. Retro was still smooth. ” –Matt H. (Mattehh)

“As I am getting into the middle third, I am still getting the pepper and sweetness. However, the flavors are more complex and the flavors are stronger.” –Daniel S. (Daniel S.)

Final Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Not much change through the final third…but that’s not such a bad thing when the flavors are good. The wood notes have left but the remaining flavors, while mild, are quite enjoyable and the mild profile is really nice when passing through the nostrils. ” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

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“There hasn’t been much change from the second third but the cigar remains a fairly tasty smoke. The medium body makes this an interesting but not overwhelming which for me sometimes is really nice for relaxation. This has been a consistent smoking experience with a very nice mix of the coffee, nuts, sweet cream and wood. There is just enough campfire smokiness that it adds to the complexity in a very nice way.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“A v-cut brought on a draw that was quite nice.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

Burn: 94

“Burn was awesome, now re-lights needed and the cigar had a razor sharp burn line.” –Daniel S. (Daniel S.)

Construction: 93

“The cigar had the looks, that’s for sure. It looked and felt very nice. I couldn’t see any flaw with the construction. ” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 93

“I enjoyed this cigar the flavors were good and consistent throughout smoking this cigar. Not a lot of transitions but the flavors were good. The cigar had a nice progression of strength and by the end I would say the strength was strong. I would smoke this cigar again. ” –Daniel S. (Daniel S.)

“It took a few puffs in order to get any real flavor from this cigar but after that the flavors became complex enough to be what I like and remained consistent albeit not overly progressive over the duration of the smoking experience. This was a relaxing cigar. Not to little and not too much in any area of flavor. I’d smoke this again with a nice cup of coffee especially after a long day of work. Pleasant and flavorful, this is a steady eddy cigar that gets the job done for me.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

“I do not know what happened after the first third of this cigar, but it did no favors. It really did turn into some bad barbecue. Burned spices and sugars. Overly smoked with mesquite. The fat texture was thick. I just couldn’t find anything redeeming after the first 20 minutes.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

“For a mild cigar this was really quite nice. There was enough flavor to keep me interested, and the superb construction, burn, and draw really added to the overall experience. This is one I’d gladly recommend to anyone, even if I didn’t want to share it because it’s that good…Time to start hoarding this one for those days when I don’t want to get my palate blown away!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“The way this cigar started out I was greatly surprised. Great flavor and construction. As the cigar progressed it became less enjoyable and almost lost what it started out as. Overall though it was a great experience and had me interested all the way through. ” –Matt H. (Mattehh)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 67

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Overall Score – 92 – Great

  • Appearance 92% 92%
  • Aroma 93% 93%
  • First Third 89% 89%
  • Second Third 91% 91%
  • Final Third 90% 90%
  • Draw 94% 94%
  • Burn 93% 93%
  • Construction 93% 93%
  • Overall Experience 93% 93%