Alec Bradley Sanctum Cigar Review

Cigar Smoke Show is featuring the Alec Bradley Sanctum.

I’ve observed this cigar around and about the shelves and hadn’t picked up this yet. I feel that the reason being the name Sanctum, for some reason I was equating that with Asylum and the somewhat negative term affiliation with Asylum… This is exactly what happens when you aren’t as smart and can’t remember them great words… Nevertheless I finally picked up for this particular review week. Not to lose a great deal of spoilers, but I am sure happy I did!

alec bradley sanctum cigar review

The Alec Bradley Sanctum is a superb cigar in the simple fact that it leverages tobacco out of 4 distinct states. One of that is Costa Rica, which is fair I don’t hear that much about other than that they constantly give away trips into the nation on Wheel of Fortune. I’d love to go see sometime, but I haven’t heard that much about their cigarette producing area so I was a little taken a back when I had been reading about the Sanctum and it supposes the thing comes out of Costa Rica. I thought it was fairly exciting and a fantastic small dose of something brand new at a cigar combination.

The filler stems in Colombia (another outstanding tobacco growing area that you do not ordinarily hear about), Nicaragua and Honduras. When I Googled’Sanctum’ I obtained this into the definition: a holy place, especially a shrine at a temple or church. I really like the idea that cigars as well as the time which you smoke really are a sacred site. It is an excellent reminder to slow down and appreciate things.

alec bradley sanctum cigar review

Alec Bradley Visual Appeal

The Alec Bradley Sanctum comprises a fairly bold ring wrapped on it. A powerful outline of powerful and shiny black catches your attention. It’s highlighted hit parts of gold piping during. That classic AB shield is at the centre gives a superb piece of unity across each the mixes. I enjoy the attention to detail that it is also. I really don’t understand, it’s a bizarre link but there can be something to it. Or, I might only be gentle on speech for coming up with the perfect term at this time.

It is a stunning dark chocolate wrapper with minimal veins along with a fantastic feel which is easy to catch a hold of. The filler is packaged a tiny tight during the barrel that I’m afraid might provide some resistance when smoking, but we’ll get to that instant!

alec bradley sanctum cigar review

Smoking

Ahh, yes as I suspected there’s a little bit of air flow issues throughout the barrel. I’m in a position to find the Alec Bradley Sanctum lit only fine but drawing air through the barrel is a little bit of workout. After the first third I am ready to have a good draw on it and it is really producing some wonderful smoke. That is the only issue I had the entire time smoking. I was not too worried about it, but I do like to have a great dose of smoke to taste all the flavors on the retrohale.

alec bradley sanctum cigar review

Flavor

I was very interested in seeing what this cigar created concerning taste knowing that it had some special tobaccos represented inside. On the first nosing of this Alec Bradley Sanctum I picked up on sweet tobacco, a floral note, and a few fruit much like raisins with hints of citrus. Very sweet overall.

After I got it burning the flavors morphed into a nice soft spice, with some oak notes. That tobacco taste was hanging around overlayed with a little salty taste and white pepper.

What I loved about this cigar is that it was not in your face. It was really well balanced. 1 flavor did not overtake the others they all worked really well together.

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Conclusion

For some reason I have a jaded idea once I smoke fresh cigars that I’m probably going to hate it and I will be sitting there wishing I was smoking one of my favorite cigars. When I’m pleasantly surprised by how great a new cigar is it always adds to the smoking experience in a really positive way! That said, this Alec Bradley Sanctum was exceptional. I loved the taste profile on this stick and it made up for the smoking problems with the filler being overly full. So in the event you stumble across this cigar I highly suggest picking one up. I believe that the taste profile is well worth giving it a go!

Alec Bradley Coyol Cigar Review

alec bradley coyol cigar review

Initial Thoughts

I personally feel that there are few brands which can deliver the goods year after year. They consistently put out new cigars with updated looks and stay relevant within the industry. Alec Bradley is certainly one of those brands. They put out some great cigars, the packaging always looks fantastic and up to date yet keeping a nod to the heritage of the industry. That being said, we’re kicking off the Alec Bradley Review Week with the Alec Bradley Coyol Toro!

I’ll be honest, I missed this cigar when it came out a few years ago. I like to call those the dark ages when I wasn’t writing much. Nevertheless, I picked it up and I’m smoking it now.

A cool story behind this blend. The name comes from a small tobacco farm in Honduras called La Vega Coyol. This farm is a exclusive farm for Alec Bradley, and they have incorporated this specific leaf into multiple parts of the cigar. First off they use it as the wrapper. Secondly, it’s one of the binders, alongside some Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf. Thirdly, they use the Coyol leaf in the filler. So there ya go, a special and exclusive leaf that is used throughout the cigar. Love the idea and the story behind. So let’s dig into it and get it burning.

alec bradley coyol cigar review

Looks

Taking a look at this Alec Bradley Coyol box and you’ll be thrown back in time. It has a look and feel that is reminiscent of old Cuban boxes. The 20 count cardboard type box with a mural when you open the lid. There’s a person riding a horse along side the road next to a tobacco field. It’s just beautiful honestly, and I love the nod to their heritage and where this leaf comes from.

The band very simple compared to most of the Alec Bradley bands that you’ll see. Again this is a retro looking band with a modern AB twist. I love the 2nd band that says La Vega Coyol, again acknowledging the farm where the tobacco was produced.

A beautiful Honduran wrapper with a good bit of texture brings it all tobacco. It’s a semi-shiny colorado colored wrapper. It’s giving off some great aromas as well. I think it’s time to get into this cigar and see what Coyol tobacco is all about.

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Smoking

This Alec Bradley Coyol comes out strong with some pretty heavy smoke. The air flow is a little tough at first, but once I get about 1/8″ in it really starts to puff and open up the draft. One thing that was interesting about smoking this cigar is that I could never get the ash to hang on longer than 1/2″. Maybe I just had shaky hands, but it didn’t seem to want to hold on while I was smoking.

As for the rest of the cigar the draw was great. There were never really any burn issues. A few times it go a little wonky but it ultimately evened itself out. I never touched it up, and it didn’t go out on me. So in my book those are both big wins! At this point I’m sure you’re itching to know the flavors from this special Coyol leaf right? Let’s jump in.

alec bradley coyol cigar review

Flavor

To begin the Alec Bradley Coyol gives off a nice dose of tobacco notes on the foot of the cigar pre light. It’s a great aroma that goes from dry to sweet and changes through the barrel. Once lit I started picking up flavors of oak, cedar, and bread. Great combinations for sure. On the retrohale I was getting big doses of spice, strong spice on the habanero scale. That was only in the first third though and then that spice tapered off and become more of baking spice arena similar to Cinnamon and nutmeg.

I felt like this cigar started off as a full bodied cigar that tapered off into a medium-bodied which I’ve honestly never had happen that I can remember. It was a very unique experience. At first I was a little scared, I wasn’t ready for a full bodied at that point. Luckily by the end of it this Alec Bradley Coyol had settled in and was fantastic.

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

Probably not for me. I enjoyed it, but I think there is something unique to it and I’m not sure if it would fit into a daily routine to me.

Conclusion

Seriously, this Alec Bradley Coyol is a great and unique cigar. I loved the smoking experience, the flavors, and the story behind the blend. Do yourself a favor and go pick up 1 or a 5 pack and give it a try. I think you’ll find it unique a great smoke!

If you have smoked this Alec Bradley Coyol let us know what you think about it down below.