Alec Bradley Family Blend BX2 Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, July 31, 2013
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Alec Bradley Family Blend BX2 Cigar Review

This 6×54 stick features a dark brown mottled wrapper with a slight red hue, soft sating feel, firm even pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and mild musty damp tobacco aroma. First light reveals a snug draw with minimal mild-medium smoke output with just a slightly sweet earth on the draw and short finish. The first third burns extremely slowly, pouring off foot smoke, opening the draw to normal with good medium bodied smoke output showing sweet earth with a slightly mint clean finish. Hitting the half way point slowly 1 hour in, the ash fell off in a solid third chunk and flavors remain the same with the finish just getting longer. It did require a full relight shortly after the ash first fell, and another in the last third. With just a couple inches remaining it was very hot and squishy at that point so I ended it. Thank you to viewer Marcos Heyliger for providing this sample!

  • yosef5

    Nothing really special about this cigar

  • PAG

    I like this cigar quite a bit. While not earth shattering, it’s a pleasant cigar when you want something on the light side, and the flavors are a bit different to me. I always like to have a few on hand.

  • stogiemalt

    I saw a couple people complain about construction issues with this cigar…haven’t had one myself.

    • gtclark

      Same here…a cigar shouldn’t go out every time you ash it.

  • Jason Isbaner

    Interesting smoke due to the burn time, might have to check it out

  • lazyboy

    I really liked this cigar. I received 2 in a AB sampler and the first one I really enjoyed. The second one I didn’t get a chance to smoke. When I pulled it out of my humidor I noticed it was split right at the shoulder just like yours. Unfortunately after cutting the cigar it just got worse and when I tryed drawing from it I deemed it unsmokable. What a disappointment that was. Oh well. Just have to smoke something else.

  • lrogers

    Sorry Bryan but I laugh my butt off every time is see that “SON OF A….” expression you make!!!

  • eric.hanson

    I have one of these in my humidor, can’t say I’m looking forward to trying it after this review.

  • rgorman

    This was not my favorite cigar. I smoked one about a week ago and it was a pretty damn plane jane, one trick pony type of smoke. Funky burn the entire way down and really bad tunneling at one point, this is not a cigar I would ever smoke again.

  • rgmenke

    Bummer. I have one of these and was looking forward to smoking it. The other AB I’ve smoke (Tempus Quad) is great.

  • smokethis

    I’m still an AB fan, but it seems like lately there is to much inconsistency with many of his lines.

    • Fabbio

      whats ny blend like?

  • ryanmo45

    I really enjoy Alec Bradley cigars and have a couple boxes…..except for the family blend. I have had three of them and they all burnt horrible with tight draws. I have no idea why this cigar was rated so high

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