I love the name of this cigar. Medici by Alec Bradley. I am a huge history buff. I read a lot; I watch as much history on the learning channels as possible and love movies with true historical backgrounds.
Here is a lesson on how to correctly pronounce the name: The Italian pronunciation is MED-itch-i, with stress on the first syllable.
The Italian Medici family literally brought on the Renaissance back in the 13th century. It was a powerful family. And put three of their members in the Pope’s seat in Rome.
They were also the biggest patron of the arts ever known. The commissioned Michelangelo, Galileo, Donatello, and Raphael, plus much, much more. They also invented modern day bookkeeping. They were the ones who built the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.
So this name is something to be held in high esteem and not taken lightly. Let’s see if this cigar rocks my world.
Beside the Cosimo, the cigar comes in these sizes: 4.5 x 60 (Robolo), 6 x 56 (Lorenzo), 6 x 60 (Botticelli), and 7 x 48 (Michelangelo).
Construction is very nice. The cigar is solid but not like a rock. The perfect amount of give. It is a very dark brown with beautiful mottling…much like a brindle color on a dog. Seams are dead tight. Lots of veins, but no behemoth ones. The wrapper is extremely oily and toothy. There is a double cap that is a bit inconsistent from one stick to the other, but nothing off-putting.
I clip the cap to search for the elusive aromas. Aromas billow from the clipped cap. There is very spicy jalapeno, big fat doses of cocoa, strong cedar, leather, and natural sweetness. When I clipped the cap, it looked as if I had cut into a deep, dark chocolate bar.
Time to light up.
I want to take this time to thank Jason Harding at Best Cigar Prices for sending me the samples. I previously reviewed their Alec Bradley Star Insignia, which I found to be a really well done cigar. And by the beginning of this stick, it seems that the good folks at BCP have worked hand in glove with Bradley to bring the New Breed of blending to their store. Most Bradley cigars take a good 2-3 weeks to be at the beginning of ready to smoke; which is fine. And of course, the more simmering, the better. But the Star Insignia was a flavor bomb after just a few days. Same thing seems to be happening with the Medici.
So the good people at BCP are pretty smart cookies. Smokers prefer instant gratification. And BCP, along with A/B have given it to them.
The stick has quite an impressive leaf breed. Five different countries. This sort of cigar making belies the inexpensive price point.
The well packed cigar burns slowly and the char line is dead nuts. More flavors join the fold. The sweetness produces a treacle like syrupy flavor. Caramel. There is dried fruit which at this point, I will say is raisin. There is cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of clove.
As the first third ends, more flavors join in. The spiciness of the jalapeno aroma is black pepper to the palate and ratchets up. Creaminess arrives. As well, as a dark coffee; almost espresso.
For a $4 cigar, I am amazed. Stick a fancy upscale cigar band on it and they could charge $8 for this stick. Really. The second third sees complexity. And a well-balanced finish. There are so many flavors; it is difficult to pick out the leaders. They work well together and are a mish mosh of terrific tastes. The ash makes it all the way to the first third before disembarking the stick.
The body is medium…with the urgency showing of its need to become stronger. The cigar is an official flavor bomb. I certainly would like to get a box of these. And I am a big fan of this size. Ages more quickly. And the flavors are more intense than the giant behemoths. But that’s just me.
The second third makes its way to the halfway point and the flavors are just everywhere. They are dripping on to the floor. I will attempt to put in order the flavors as they hit me: Creaminess, Dark Cocoa, Black Pepper, Caramel, Baking Spices, Raisin, and that deep earthiness. What else could you ask for? Blueberry licorice?
I always warn my patrons, when they send me samples, that I won’t tell a lie. But I also won’t publish a negative review out of respect to the people who so generously sent me free cigars. Believe me when I tell you, I have not published dozens of reviews because the cigars were drek. So it boils down to a good cigar is a good cigar; no matter whether it is free or not. And this is a good cigar. I should thank Jason at BCP for opening my eyes to this very good cigar. I’ll be honest. Looking at the sticks in their catalog; seeing the price point, kept me from purchasing any of these sticks. Why? Because I am a snob. And how can a $4 cigar be any good? I am such a schmuck. Same thing goes for the A/B Star Insignia. Another inexpensive cigar that is on par with his much more expensive blends.
I move past the halfway point and hit the last third. The cigar is very well balanced. And extremely smooth. The spiciness has tapered off and is now in the background. The creaminess, cocoa, caramel and coffee are the out front flavors now; the rest act as supporting players.
I long ago, grabbed a Diet Coke because of all the cocoa and creaminess of the cigar. It provides me with the side benefit of making the Coke taste like a chocolate soda, or egg cream, for you New Yorkers.
The last third sees the body reach full strength. Again, this is how I like my cigars; start off at medium and build. It gives the flavors a chance to empower themselves before your eyes go cross-eyed.
Here is my recommendation: Buy this cigar. Buy it in a box. Buy it in a 5 pack. Medici Cigars.
As the great philosopher, Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
And another thanks to Jason Harding and Best Cigar Prices for making me aware of this fine cigar.
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