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I set out to create a cigar in our own style while answering a consumer need for a highly flavorful experience. With this in mind, I blended Alec Bradley Connecticut- a flavorful cigar with the smoothness and elegance a Connecticut wrapper imparts, adding sweetness and balance to the marriage of premium tobaccos. A pleasant blend for every palate offering the kind of nuanced taste experience Alec Bradley smokers have always enjoyed.
Prensado means a lot to me and the Alec Bradley story. Rolled at Raices Cubanas (‘Cuban Roots’) factory, the Prensado was first created to pay homage to the Cuban traditions of cigar making rolling the filler ‘entuba-do,’ triple capping the head and box pressing the finished cigar. Blended with proprietary estate grown corojo from the Trojes region of Honduras, Prensado would eventually be named Cigar Aficionado “Cigar of the Year,” propelling Alec Bradley’s trajectory into cigar culture much quicker than I anticipated.
A great tobacco man once told me- “listen to the tobacco, it will tell you when it’s ready.” When I tried a special estate grown premium tobacco from Trojes, Honduras, it spoke to me, and I listened. The Trojes tobacco delivered flavors and complexities I had never experienced before. The taste was incredible, and the blending process began. Tempus is Latin for time – and it took time to learn, grow, blend and age. Tempus would eventually rate a ‘94’ in Cigar Aficionado, becoming Alec Bradley’s first of many ‘Top 25 Cigars of the Year’. I hope you take the time to enjoy this very special cigar!