Tale of the Tape:
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraugan
Made in Honduras
Size: Robusto - 5" x 50 RingAlec Bradley; a brand named after the owner's two sons, this company seems to know their way around the blending room. With the success of the Family Blend, Prensado and Tempus; Alec Bradley got ahead of themselves and put out a couple lackluster lines.
Personally, I heard bad things about the MAXX, but if you know me, I will try anything with Brazilian tobacco in it. So along comes the MAXX Brazil and here we are. My expectations low, I tested two of these for the review.
This cigar is a real eclectic mixture of tobacco; with 5 countries of origin, the tobacco in the MAXX Brazil is chosen to create a specific experience and highlight the qualities of the Brazilian wrapper.
The wrapper is a rich dark brown. Not Broadleaf dark, but darker then your normal Habano seed, which seems to be characteristic of a lot Brazilian wrapper leaf. Some small veins run along the cigar, but the leaf is smooth and has a little oil on it.
Hand-rolled in Honduras, the Brazil MAXX seems well-made. It is firm and well-filled. It isn't a heavy cigar for its standard Robusto 5' x 50 ring size.
My expectations have been exceeded! Chalk this up as another AB success. I can't speak for the other MAXX lines, but the Brazil wrapper version is a great stick and priced fairly. At about 4$ a stick, you can't go wrong.
The cigar has a lot of flavor and not only does it vary as it burns, it is quite complex. I taste everything from sweet pipe tobacco to cocoa, roasted coffee, caramel and some sweet spice. It is a medium bodied smoke and while full of flavor, I wouldn't say its strong enough to be called a full stick.
Overall Grade : B+