Cigar Review: Alec Bradley 1633 Connecticut Robusto

Initial Thoughts:

Other than having an incredibly long name (the full name is the Alec Bradley 1633 Connecticut First Crop Robusto), I know next to nothing about today's cigar.

That said, once I took the Alec Bradley 1633 Connecticut Robusto out of its cellophane, I was greeted with a pleasant aroma. After punching the end, the draw was perfect and the cold draw flavors were both a little sweet and a little sour and reminded me of those old orange-flavored push-pop popsicles with the Flintstones characters on them.

However, once I torched the end, the mediocre flavors of paper, and lemony-citrus led me to question the quality of this cigar. I could be wrong (I was way wrong here), but I suspect the Alec Bradley 1633 CT is a budget stick. The construction of the cigar so far is great, so we'll see.

NOTE: The “1633” in this cigars' name is a reference to the year 1633, which is the first year in which tobacco was grown in the state of Connecticut.


cigarscore 3 cigar rating

Brand: Alec Bradley
Line: 1633, Connecticut
Size: 5 x 50
Cut: Punch
Light: Torch
Price: $5.99

Wrapper: United States Connecticut
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama
Smoke Time: 70 minutes

Through the middle of the cigar, I wasn't really feeling the flavors; to me, they just weren't all that good. I've noticed this before when a blender tries to put too many varieties and/or regions of tobacco into one cigar.

The draw was perfect through the middle, but the burn was slightly uneven.

Final Thoughts

While I didn't love the Alec Bradley 1633 Connecticut Robusto, the construction was actually pretty good. The draw was perfect, but the burn was a little uneven through most of the smoke.

Construction aside, I didn't really care for the complex blend of flavors in the 1633 CT. I think this cigar needs to age and/or the leaves needed to have been fermented for longer.

Although this cigar could've been better, and I do think it would benefit from a less complex blend of tobaccos, it hit most of the right construction points. Therefore the Alec Bradley 1633 Connecticut Robusto earns a CigarScore 3, but I'd recommend you try these “breakfast” cigars first.

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