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Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, June 23, 2012
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Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill Cigar Review

This 7×48 box pressed stick features a dark brown slightly red hued wrapper with glove soft feel, even slightly spongy give, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and a very pungent barnyard aroma. First light reveals plumes of full bodied creamy thick smoke with a chewy mouthfeel and flavors of a creamy smooth leather with a pepper and spice kick through the full long finish. Draw is absolutely perfect and it really reminds me a fine Padron. The first third burns a bit fast and wonky, not needing a touchup but close. Flavors are very much the same simply mellowing to a medium-full body with excellent smoke output. The 2nd third slows the burn considerably, also dropping most of the creamy leather for a dry wood and tobacco with a thick heavy finish. The burn evened itself out on it’s own and the ash held right to the start of the 2nd third. 1:10 in near the band point ending out the 2nd third, flavors shift again to a creamy chocolate and bit of an earth and leather back. The finish continues to be a long heavy wood flavor with a touch of pepper. Ending at 1:35 the last inch went out on it’s own, so that’s where I stopped. It showed no further changes down from the band point. Thank you very much to Bob Gregovich for sending this in to me!

  • Bill O

    That was wonderful Bryan! I really liked the quietness for your review; it reminded me of a museum tour or the Crocodile Hunter pointing out a dangerous animal. I guess in your case it was probably “don’t wake up the neighbor’s dog”, but nonetheless it made for an engaging change. Really appreciated your explanation of what type of creaminess you were experiencing. Thanks again Bryan for you great work!!!

  • jpculp57

    Good review. I like the Prensado, but not sure it’s worthy of cigar of the year. I wasnt blow away with any that I’ve smoked, but all have been good. Your review looks like you enjoyed it, but wasn’t blown away either. Did you think it was worth cigar of the honors?

    • jpculp57

      Cigar of the year honors?

    • No. Although I really enjoyed the first inch and CA famously only rates a cigar based on the first inch so I’m not shocked it was rated highly. Coty though not even close.

  • ryanmo45

    Yay the prensado review is in. I was very much interested in your thoughts on this one Bryan. I really enjoyed this cigar. I actually think I liked the tempus a little better but this was a good one. Great review man!

  • miro79

    Had one of these yesterday and it was a very tasty cigar. Got about 2 hours out of it. I will have to try a Tempus. I also really like the Black Market by ab. This stick was up there with the Black Market (was going to abbreviate BM but thought better of it). I like an upper medium to lower full bodied cigar with not too many spice notes and this was right in that area.

    • reallybigd

      I’ve only smoked around 25 cigars so far, but I smoked one of these Prensado’s in Robusto size last night, and hot damn, it was so amazing! Full of flavor and it had flavor changes I could very notably tell, which is awesome for a noob like me that doesn’t have the palate just yet to describe flavors too well. I’ve got a Tempus in Churchill size just chillin in my humidor haha, I think Alec Bradly and Padron so far take the cake for my personal favorites thus far in my cigar journey

  • HappyTaro

    I agree,1st inch is good, after that its like, ‘yeah… Ok…’ I had some construction issues. I had this twice & each time the burn was wonky & started to tunnel. Also went out a couple of times. For me, I had to really watch the burn on it.

    I no longer read CA. I don’t really care for their reviews. Also especially hate it when cigar stores try & sell me stix based on their ratings, “Well this had a 94 rating by CA” I just say, ‘Sorry, but CA’s rating system sucks along w/ their 1liner reviews’.

    That being said, I didn’t know this was cigar of the year… Really? It’s not bad & Alec Bradley makes decent stix, but… Really?

  • PoisonAvi

    Okay so blazed this one up 2 days ago and I have to say, on my extremely PERSONAL, nondescript, overall experience 4 star rating scale, this one came in at 2 stars.

    It wasn’t bad but I didn’t finish with that blissful feeling of satisfaction that we crave. I got another stick, so I’ll give it a second chance.

  • Daniel.A

    i remember the first time i had this cigar in belicoso size or maybe torpedo and man was it a good smoke.

  • bbarber

    It’s a good smoke. Didn’t really understand all the exitement over them.

  • david121

    doesnt seem bad but im surprised it got so much hype

  • stevenknisley

    This cigar looks good. They have them at local shop ill probably buy a few.

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  • eric.hanson

    I got to say I hought the beginning of this tasted a lot like a Padron too, specifically a 1964. I really liked this stick a lot.

  • swj045

    picked up three at the shop and smoked one that nite.good cigar but the burn was a little sideways other than that I really enjoyed it. Ill let the other two rest for awhile. thanks another great review

  • GurkhaMan

    I am in love with this stick! I had the robust and I found the flavors were actually complex and changed a few times. Maybe it’s a size issue?

  • Boucher207

    What kind of leaf give off that red hue?

  • sh40218

    I love the Prensado in Robusto! Haven’t tried the Churchill yet. Every time I reach for an AB I grab the Robusto. In one of my many desktop humi’s I have a Prensado Churchill resting from the year it was voted No.1 in CA. Take thier ratings for what it’s worth.

  • PAG

    I recently smoked the robusto. I enjoyed the underlying base flavor, but there was just so much spice to it that I found it distracting. The Tempus seems to be much more nicely balanced.

  • superdutyal

    I just had one tonight and i must say you where spot on with your review. It was a good cigar but not a great cigar .

  • pdaug0511

    I enjoyed the Prensado last week and I was very very disappointed with my cigar. I don’t know if it was storage issues or not, however, the entire smoke I had to baby the cigar because the burn was so messed up. It almost burned a straight line only down one side of the cigar. I had to relight about 4 times the entire smoke and I ended up just finishing it at about half of the stick because I was so fed up. It was putting out great flavors that were unique and very enjoyable up until that point. However, very very disappointed.

  • Davexoxo

    The prensado is ok, but not great. The tempus on the other had was a big disappointment for me, the flavor was just bland and unimpressive. I got some from two different sources and they were the same. Some people really like both of them though. Just my opinion.

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