Cigar Details: Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV
- Vitola: Churchill
- Length: 7″
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Country of Origin: Honduras
- Wrapper: Honduran Criollo ’98
- Binder: Nicaragua and Honduras
- Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
- Factory: Raices Cubanas
- Blender: Undisclosed
- Price: $23.64
- Release Date: March 2022
- Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.
Aaron: The wrapper on the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV is varying shades of medium brown and has a bit of a turtle shell effect with the raised veins having a lighter color surrounding them. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. The band is various shades of green, brown, white and gold and carries the company and line names as well as quite a few details about the timing of the cigar and who was involved. The aroma from the wrapper is wood, stone fruit sweetness and light smokiness while the foot brings stewed fruit, cedar and mild spice. The pre-light draw brings stone fruit sweetness and dry cedar.
Seth: The band is beautiful, but it blends in with the wrapper and does not pop. I think the band is great overall, but I don’t think it would look good against any wrapper. Even a Connecticut. The wrapper itself is lovely and Colorado in coloring. Small to medium sized veins throughout, and the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV is firm in hand. Nicely applied triple cap with aromas of chocolate, earth and raisins.
John: The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears in half when the cellophane is opened. The cigar has a single band and I cannot see any artisanal complications. Aromas off the wrapper include sweet, syrupy tobacco with hints of citrus and wood. The foot has a combination of more sweet, syrupy notes along with musty wood.
Jiunn: The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV has an overall Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well finished off. Aromas from the wrapper tell of cedar and hay. Aromas from the foot give assertive white pepper spice and mixed nuts. Cold draw tells of cedar, hay and slight plastic.
Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and a light sweetness. At a quarter inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. At a half inch in, a mild black pepper joins. At three quarters of an inch in, a light smokiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar and light mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, some dry earth joins the profile and now we have toasted cedar as the main component with added, light layers of mustiness, sweetness, smokiness, black pepper and dry earth. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third opens with strong barnyard notes. There are musty wood qualities with that, and I am getting some faint sweet spice notes. Rich and damp earth present as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third kicks it off with sweet baking spices and light wood that finishes into the post draw. Chocolate comes through the retrohale after a few puffs. As the cigar progresses, musty tobacco comes through on the retrohale, under some sweetness. Approaching the halfway mark, a mild coffee joins the retrohale as well.
Jiunn: The first third starts off with lightly toasted bread and roasted chestnuts. As the cigar makes its way to about a half inch in, balanced red pepper spice and cedar joins. These flavors are much more accentuated through retrohaling. The finish presents a combination of cedar and light minerals. Strength and body is medium.
Aaron: As the second third begins, the toasted cedar now has a fair amount of dryness to it and the light sweetness has departed. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, mustiness and dry earth. At an inch in, the black pepper has departed. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front with mustiness, smokiness and dry earth behind. The strength remains at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a more complex flavor profile, and the cigar is growing. I am picking up those damp earth, barnyard and sweet spice notes, but it is now paired with this mocha, oak and red wine quality on the finish. Not as sweet as port but has that quality. Medium in strength and body still.
John: There is sweetness here again, but it combines with subdued baking spices, and mildly sharp, tannic wood that carries into the post draw. The post draw wood moves up to medium strength in a short timeframe, but manages to remain balanced with the main profile. Some savoriness develops into the middle of the profile as it approaches the halfway mark.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile shows more minerals but the other notes are still very much intact and tasted. Overall, still a balanced flavor profile. Strength and body is still overall medium.
Aaron: As the final third begins, the smokiness has dropped out and the overall dryness of the profile increases. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, mustiness and dry earth. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is toasted cedar up front with mustiness and dry earth behind. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third is somewhere between the first and second third in terms of flavors delivered. I am picking up a lot of musty wood and barnyard notes, but I am getting some sweet spice and mocha qualities on the finish. Like before, medium in strength and body.
John: The last third leads off with bread, sweetness, and medium strength baking spices. The baking spices, along with some wood, linger well into the post draw. Approaching the halfway point, musty tobacco takes up the center of the profile. In the bottom half of the last third, the wood flavor takes on some dryness.
Jiunn: The final third loses out on some complexities. The profile is now condensed to namely cedar and subtle red pepper spice. Strength is nearing medium-full and body stays medium.
Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Nice burn. Had to re-light twice.
John: The cigar burned consistently well through the entire review. The ash held on just over one inch increments.
Jiunn: The burn performance was overall good. The only negative being a couple times within the second third where the cigar randomly went out, requiring full re-lights.
Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw throughout.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, giving the best balance of air flow and resistance.
Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and a light sweetness. Light amounts of mustiness, black pepper, smokiness and dry earth joined at various points. The second third became a bit dry and the black pepper departed. The final third saw the smokiness depart. Aside from a slightly wavy burn, the construction was perfect. The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV started well, with layers of flavors and a nice elegance. In the second third, the profile started becoming dry and components started to drop out, dropping the enjoyment down a level. Overall, I probably wouldn’t see this as a cigar I’d return to that often, and if you add in the high price point, it cements that thought.
Seth: I enjoyed this Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV, but I would not say it is my favorite. With that, the size seemed too much for me. Just release a Toro. I enjoyed the musty and mocha qualities, but I wish it had a little bit more strength overall. Some more pepper spice as well. It had that Alec Bradley core flavor profile that I love, but I was just looking for more and something different.
John: The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV was an enjoyable and engaging cigar to review. Any time you can deliver dynamic flavors in a cigar this size, I think a company has done a great job on the blend. Both the burn and draw were perfect. I would happily smoke the Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV again. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 46 minutes.
Jiunn: The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV is a winner in my book. The profile showed good depth, balance, and composure. With just the right mix of spice, earth and sweetness, this is one I’d smoke again. And call me crazy, because I actually think the higher premium of $24 per cigar isn’t too high, considering the price hike of the average cigar nowadays. Nicely done.
Macy Hanson - January 9, 2023
I cannot wait to hear the debate between Aaron and William Cooper about this cigar, which Coop just named his 2022 COTY.