The gem of Alan Rubin’s line-up, the Prensado Churchill, is Alec Bradley’s crowning achievement thus far. Since release it has received praise from many smokers and accolades from various outlets. What makes this somewhat of a surprise is that Alec Bradley managed to create a cigar where the Churchill vitola is the one with the best reputation. Churchill’s seem to have fallen out of favor since the rise of the 60 ring gauge cigar. Although it’s not my personal preference, it’s nice to see a Churchill garner attention.
Rolled by: Raices Cubanas
Country of Origin: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Trojes, Honduran
Filler: Trojes Honduran-Nicaraguan
This cigar is beautiful. Marble like patterns intersect on a dark brown, velvety wrapper. Box pressed with minimal veins and a triple cap. In the hand the cigar feels hefty and well packed. Slightly bitter tobacco notes off the wrapper and a sweet raisiny tobacco scent from the foot. The cold draw has some resistance and gives me raisiny tobacco.
Right out of the gate the Prensado was noticeably creamy. This doesn’t necessarily mean a chewy or thick smoke. Actually, the smoke was rather wispy. The creamy characteristic came mainly from the flavors instead of the texture of the smoke itself. The first third didn’t offer up any stand out flavors. To me it was exceptionally mellow, simply a preview of things to come as the body presumably built-up. Creamy caramel and cocoa notes were at the forefront. Leather, nutmeg, and a white pepper that tingled the sinuses shared the role of back-end flavors. Nutmeg, leather, slight caramel on a med-length finish. Medium body, mild strength.
Continuing into the second third more flavors made an entrance, yet the body didn’t come up. Almond, white pepper, toffee, and leather were the key flavors. Complimentary notes of nutmeg, chocolate, dried berries and cedar would fade in and out. Although one of the key flavors was white pepper, going into the finish it became more of a black pepper joined by leather, dried berries and almond. Body was a medium, strength a mild-medium.
The final third offered very dessert-like flavors. The two core flavors in this third were dried berries & toffee. The leather was a touch less intense but served as the backbone to the berries & toffee. Almond, chocolate and black pepper were the lesser notes underneath while hints of cedar would come and go. Almond, leather, chocolate, and cedar on another long, substantial finish. Body would rise to a medium-full, strength now at a solid medium.
This cigar has key flavors of many of our classes. It has the dried fruit, caramel, cedar, & leather like a Marquee with chocolate and dark toffee like a Coal Miner. The singular fruit notes that resemble dried berries shine, especially when it comes to the aroma’s. None of those flavors are necessarily foreign to my palate, but the way they are presented within the Prensado was a big factor in my classification. A unique cigar.
The Alec Bradley Prensado is a solid cigar. It’s potential was enormous, but it fell short. It seemed to me that it was better in retrospect then when I actually smoked it. I’ll explain. The first Prensado I smoked was solid, but I remember wanting to smoke another because I loved the flavors. After having it a second time, it confirmed to me that the flavors left an impression that was better than when I smoked it. Sure, the flavors were there and they were pleasurable but the Prensado just couldn’t satisfy to the extent I expected. It lacked depth and intensity.