Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020

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Cigar Details: Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Candela, Habano Maduro and Habano Seco
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: Tabacos de Oriente
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.50
  • Release Date: February 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Pre-light Experience

The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020 has a tri-color barber pole, so it has dark brown, tan and light green. There are raised veins present on all three wrapper types but all of the seams are quite smooth. The head appears to have two maduro caps and a candela top cap. The band is primarily green, white and yellow and has a large shamrock in the middle. It has the company name and a portion of the full name of the line. The aroma from the wrappers is an overall sweet barnyard while the foot brings wheat bread along with some spice. The pre-light draw has a pleasant dry vegetal note along with wood and a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020 is beautiful in appearance. That tends to be the case with well rolled barber pole cigars though. What is cool is that three wrappers are used and it comes with an old school Shamrock band that has some nice redeeming qualities. The cigar is firm in hand and as mentioned earlier has three wrappers showing Claro-Natural, Candela and Maduro qualities. There are none to few veins present and the cigar has a texture that is silky and oily. With that, I am getting an aroma of tobacco, hay, earth, dry wood and cocoa.

First Third

The cigar begins with mustiness up front, wood and a slightly dull cinnamon. At a quarter inch in, the wood and mustiness are even while the cinnamon has lightened up but has a long finish. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood is slightly ahead of the mustiness and a light vegetal note joins in as the cinnamon has left. The retrohale carries musty wood. At an inch and a quarter, some dark earth replaces the vegetal note. As the third comes to a close, the musty wood is up front with a mix of dark earth and vegetal note in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third begins with some nice cocoa and white pepper notes. There is some earthiness present as well and I am getting touches of cream and lemongrass. There is a faint spicy mocha flavor to the cigar, some matcha qualities as well, and it is enjoyable. I would say the cigar is between mild and medium for strength and body, and it’s an easy fun smoke.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood gains a toasted note as it is evenly paired with the mustiness. There’s a slight dark earth in the background, but the vegetal note has left. At a half inch in, the vegetal note returns as the dark earth leaves. The retrohale has the wood slightly ahead of the mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the profile is just toasted wood and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, a light vegetal note rejoins the profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a lot of the qualities that you see in the first third, so there is little transitioning, but there are enough flavors going around to make up for that department lacking. I am getting those coca and white pepper notes, and like before I am getting some mocha, matcha and cream qualities with some earth and pepper. Like the first third, the cigar is smoking at a level between mild and medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some dark earth returns to the profile of musty wood as the vegetal note has departed. At a half inch in, the earth is more of the dry variety. The retrohale is musty wood and dry earth. As the cigar comes to a close, it warms up, bringing a vegetal note back to the profile of musty wood and dry earth. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third is right in line with the first and second third. I am getting some cocoa, white pepper, lemongrass and cream flavors. It revolves around the wrappers. The finish has that matcha/mocha profile and it is a smooth and cool finish to the end. The cigar smokes between a mild and medium level right to the end.

Burn

The burn was a big problem for the cigar. Through the first half, I had to do two touch-up as the burn line got pretty far off. In the second half, the cigar kept going out and I had to re-light four times.

Burn

Burn was absolutely amazing on the cigar. Smoked wonderfully and the ash really popped against the wrapper coloring.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but I don’t think it contributed to the burn issues.

Overall

The cigar began with mustiness up front, wood and a slightly dull cinnamon. The cinnamon dropped out as a vegetal note and later dark earth joined in. The rest of the cigar maintained the musty wood as the dark earth and sometimes dry earth alternated going in and out with the vegetal note. The burn was quite poor and strength was around medium the whole way. The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020 had a number of transitions to go along with the triple barber pole wrap. The flavor profile was average overall throughout. Smoking barber poles is always an interesting time as you can try to see if you can see the different profiles from the different wrappers and this did show those off. I wish the burn was a lot better, but overall, before the burn really became a problem, the cigar was just an average experience and other than the allure of the different wrappers, I don’t really see myself coming back to this cigar.

Aaron
Seth
GoodPre
Light
Very Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Good
PoorBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

Draw was perfect. Well made cigar.

Overall

The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020 is a fun cigar and at the same time educational. You can pick up on the three wrappers throughout the entire smoking experience. You can see their impact. With that, you get this combination flavor profile that is enjoyable and works. It is not the most game changing of blends, but that’s not the point of the cigar. I loved the matcha mocha flavors I was getting and the cocoa and white pepper combinations were lovely. I always thought Filthy Hooligan was better than Black Market and I believe Shamrock to be superior to Filthy Hooligan. I would keep this as a limited seasonal release, but I would separate the cigar from Black Market and Filthy Hooligan. It belongs in it’s own category.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.10

Cost/Point

$2.45

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.74

Scoring System

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