Alec Bradley Maxx Brazil Robusto Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, December 25, 2012
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Alec Bradley Maxx Brazil Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×50 stick features a dark chocolate, oily and mottled wrapper with medium veins, raised seams, a few rough patches, holes and stretches, a firm light pack, double cap and faint musty damp, dusty aroma like a vacuum bag. First light reveals a good draw with minimal smoke output showing mild-medium bodied flavors of a slightly bitter cedar with a very smooth creamy textured, oily mouthfeel and long finish. The first third picks up the smoke a bit, dropping the bitterness just going to a straight dry cedar with a parched finish. 25 minutes in at the 1/2 way point I drop the ash off, smoke output is up, burn is perfect and body is at medium. The draw flavors are a little more complex with a charred sweetness that goes right to a cedar, then a plain tobacco through the finish, which has a ashtray taste to it, if that makes sense. Luckily the flavors shift in the last third to a sweet tangy tobacco, leaving a savory flavor through the finish to end it out at 50 minutes. Thank you very much to CigarsInternational for providing me with this sample!

  • Rawbows

    Lol, smells like a vacuum cleaner bag. 🙂

  • Rob

    Bummer, I really think you just got a bad stick. Try another if you get a chance.

  • DavidKIT

    I tried one of these about a month back and got very noticeable minty/wintergreen flavors. Wasn’t really up my alley, but was probably better than an ‘ashtray’ flavor.

    • zanlamb

      I looks like it going to be a minty stick from the band. I havent had one but thats exactly what I would expect from it

  • thompson_464

    Lets hope you got a bad stick and lets hope DavidKIT did as well… I have a bundle of these coming in from cigarbid shortly.

  • wiz83

    What would you recommend for budget cigar under $5 per stick? I like smooth and creamy, rich smoke cigar. Bought a bunch (90 sticks) of Cupido’s from Cuban Crafters, along with a humidor, and I found it too spicy. I’ve aged them Cupido since 2003 in my humidor under 70% humidity. I have only 7 sticks left, sad. But I want a creamy, rich smoke, smooth cigar, and on a budget. Please recommend a few, I’ll collect a bunch and start aging them myself, too.

    • Chaz

      I love the c&c lmrd. I believe Bryan did a review- check it out. I’m sort of a cigar snob (LOL), but went out on a limb from Bryan’s review and LOVE them. They fit the profile you describe and are under 5 bucks a stick.

      • Chaz

        lrmd- mixed up my letters.

  • bbarber

    “Vacuum cleaner bag” aroma and an “ashtray” taste. Probably not making my wishlist anytime soon.

  • lostonmonday

    I’ve gone through several of these gars, and that was the ugliest Maxx Brazil I’ve ever seen. I think if you do a “revisited” review, I’d like to see this one on it.

  • zanlamb

    Its a good job Bryan doesnt get comission or he wouldnt be getting anything after that. I havent tried one yet and they are probably at the bottom of the list now.

  • eric.hanson

    I really liked the regular Maxx line, but I’m not sure if this one would be for me. So I don’t think I’ll pick these up. Great review Bryan, you save me so much money, thank you!

  • wthurston

    I’ve had several of these and thoroughly enjoyed each one. They were my personal favorite out of a sampler of ~5 other similar-priced sticks. I believe you just got a bad stick on this one.

  • MorganGeo

    Having the pleasure of smoking this one tonight and I’m getting a little hint of a sweet wintergreen flavor about a third of the way down. The burn is good and having no construction problems. Overall a good stick it just doesn’t fit my flavor profile.

  • lazyboy

    So I’m about half way threw my max brazil right now and NO ashtray taste but kind of a metallicy taste. Not my fav. But I’ll let the others rest for several months and then see how they do. I’m always lookin for bargain sticks and just saw that ci has rocky patel “cargo” on sale for $30 a bundle . Anyone ever heard of these.

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