Alec Bradley American Classic Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 20, 2012
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Alec Bradley American Classic Toro Cigar Review

This 6×50 cigar features a dark tan dry almost brittle wrapper with a slight tooth, minimal veins, tight seams, even slightly spongy give, double cap and faint tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with great smoke output, a medium-full body of a smooth creamy textured sweet grass and tobacco with a long finish of the grassiness. The first third transitions to a slick oily wood and creamy textured leather, with a short clean finish that leaves a slick on your lips. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point the body has settled down to medium and flavors have shifted slightly to a heavier sweet earth combo with a growing finish. 45 minutes in near the end of the 2nd third, flavors change again bringing body up slightly, and a big oily creamy textured wood note adding to the earth especially through the finish. Ending just under an hour the last bit held the same flavors to the nub. Thank you very much to Noah Gayer for providing this for review, I greatly appreciate it!

  • Bill O

    I have had a few ABs but not this blend, sounds like one I will need to try. Thank you Bryan for doing another great review!

  • pittjitsu

    Sounds like a stick with lots of Interesting flavor changes. I will pick one or two up and rest them for a while. They should be even better.
    L

  • danlarsen7

    One of my favorite cheap sticks. Alec Bradley has been setting the bar on quality. Each cigar has it’s own distinct personality and has many transitions. Tempus, Prensado, Black Market, and the American Classic are all works of art.

    • Bill O

      Wow DanL, I am definitely going to have to look further into ABs with that kind of endorsement!

  • Mr. IV III IV

    I have to agree with DanL on that. Don’t forget about the Family Blend as well. I hvnt tried this one yet, didn’t want to ruin the good run on AB sticks with a one note smoke. Might try one after seeing this though. Tempus is my fav from them so far. Prensado is a close second. It reminds me of a mild version of a Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 but with creamier/silkier smoke.

  • ryanmo45

    Burning down a churchill 7 by 48 right now. I cant remember the last time i had a mild/medium stick this good. I think I payed like 13 dollars for 5 of them. I would pay that again all day every day for this stick. Great review Bryan!

  • stevenknisley

    I have never had a bad AB cigar and this is one of the few I haven’t tried yet from them but if they have these at my local shop I will definitely buy a few. great review

  • Bpope31

    Great review. Sounds like something I’d really like. Haven’t had an AB cigar before so I look forward to picking one up. Price seems to be very reasonable.

  • bbarber

    Great review. AB does it again

  • lostonmonday

    I was smoking one of these when my daughter begged me to play with her. When I got back to the stick, I found that while playing hide and seek, my blessed little girl had unraveled the stick. To my surprise, it had 2 large stems. I hadn’t gone too far into the cigar, but in the 3/4″ I did smoke, it didn’t burn well. Anyone else find the same issue (the twiggy cigar, not the kid tearing it apart 🙂 )?

    • JJO

      I’ve smoked about ten of these in robusto, and have not had any burn problems.

      Did you discipline the kid, or thank her?

      • lostonmonday

        Actually we deconstructed an Indian Super Fuerte Corona that she interrupted a few hours earlier. I taught her a bit about how cigars are made, then told her to never, ever tear one apart again. So I kinda’ did both. I think I got a few duds. The one had stems, and another one tonight had a super loose draw and never really came alive in strength or body. I def want to try one that’s done right.

        • JJO

          A 2nd degree burn might be a hard lesson that I hope she won’t have to learn.

          I hope you get one that’ll do you right, but don’t expect too much body and especially strength. That’s not what they’re about. They’re one of my favorite morning smokes, great with coffee. I still have to try out the coronas.

  • sh40218

    I’m not a huge AB fan but this ACB is one of their best new releases. I’ve not bad it in SG. It the Natural in Robusto was really tasty and great Raices de Cubanas quality.

    I liked this over the Connecticut , which costs more and the NY blend. The NY is way to big a RG for me.

    • BCamara

      I totally agree with you. I prefer these over the Connecticut, also and they cost much less. I found these to be a little more complex then the Connecticut and a much better flavor profile imo.

  • zanlamb

    I cant believe you guys class these as cheap sticks. In the UK they see for the same price as a Cuban about £15 each!!! I havent found this one yet but I will keep looking

  • Sugarmaker67

    Picked up a couple of these on a friends suggestion. Absolutely wonderful smoke. I would say nicotine wise was a little more than I like but the flavors were great.

    It reminded me of how I loved the flavor of a cigar when I first started smoking them in ’93.

  • eric.hanson

    I’ve got one of these in sun grown sitting in my humidor, I think I’ll give it a shot, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad Alec Bradley.

  • These are good, Family blend is good too.

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