Alec Bradley Raices Cubanas 1941 | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Size: 5.25 x 52 “Robusto”
Body: Medium
Price: $8.95
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Who doesn’t like Alec Bradley cigars? At the moment, my fave is the Nica Puro. They are ALWAYS in my humidor. I believe it is their first venture into the realm of the New Breed Tattooed Ones blending style. No long wait before you experience the blender’s intent.
And I am truly hoping that this new blend follows suit.

In addition to this new blend is the Mundial. It means “global.” And is not cheap running the gamut from $10-$15 each.

The name of the Raices Cubanas 1941 comes from the Danli, Honduras Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L. And since this is a real mouthful, it is simply referred to as Raices Cubanas.

The 1941 reference is the year that owner of Raices Cubanas was born.

The golden ticket is that Raices Cubanas has made a blend that is supposedly their greatest hits from all their previous blends. A high bar to live up to.

The cigar will come in four sizes and I lament that they brought out a Gordo. I’m sure there is a market for it or they would not produce it but I think behemoth cigars are a waste of time as they take forever to marinate and never quite hit the flavor profile of the smaller cigars.
The price tag is pretty much in the same place running from $9-$10 each.

Robusto: 5.25 x 52
Toro: 6 x 54
Churchill: 7 x 50
Gordo: 6 x 60

Construction is solid. There is a flawless triple cap. Seams are invisible with only the smallest of veins visible. The wrapper is a gorgeous dark chocolate. Oils shimmer in the light and the wrapper feels as smooth as my tush.

The cigar band is a piece of art. It is a mixture of now and then. It has the good taste of 2013 with the theme of 1941 running through it. The scroll work is second only to the US $100 bill. I will most certainly flatten the band for the last money shot.

I clip the cap and find aromas of bee’s honey and orange zest. Some cinnamon and rich earthiness. And a very floral aroma on top of it all.
Time to light up.

A big blast of both black and red pepper. The earthiness translates from aroma to flavor. So does the honey and citrusy flavors. The draw is exquisite and the smoke clouds the room.
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Besides the bee’s honey is a flower type honey suckle flavor. Very light and aromatic. Cedar shows its head. And then a small amount of creaminess appears. I’m not even to the half inch mark yet. This is quickly becoming a flavor bomb of respectable status.

Then I get a toasty flavor. Like a dark pumpernickel. German style. Very yeasty and dense.

The pepper backs off a bit and shifts to strictly red pepper. The flavor profile became a smorgasbord of flavors in less than two minutes. Very impressive.

At the end of the first third, the explosion of flavors tapers off and levels out. The creaminess takes first position. With the honey, citrus, and floral flavors right behind. Cedar continues to move about, in and out. Up and down. Over, under, sideways, down. The German pumpernickel is quite prevalent. Most of you have probably never had this and you are missing a treat. It is an extremely dense bread, almost like cake. The natural ingredients of the grains make it sweet.
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The strength of the cigar is classic medium. Another good Wally Guse cigar. The burn is, for the most part, sharp. The cigar gets a few soft spots but isn’t affecting the draw.

The second third is all confection. While I don’t get natural tobacco sweetness, the other components bring their own type of sweetness to the table.
The cigar is very unique. Clearly, there is more to the leaf stats than meets the eye. This blend was made with much loving care and attention. It was an act of pure love. I haven’t smoked a cigar this unique in some time.

At the halfway point, the spiciness has tapered off quite a bit. The creaminess engages full warp. And the aforementioned flavors are right behind molding themselves into a tight knit wall of flavor.
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Alan Rubin, decidedly, made a quantum leap with this blend which makes me want to try the Mundial even more. While I don’t consider the price point unreasonable, I do find it out of my price range; except for maybe a 5 pack. We are talking around $200 a box.

I enter the last third and the spiciness returns. The flavors engorge the cigar til it is fat and sassy.

The creaminess mixed with the other flavor components sees an addition. It is so buttery smooth that a gooey caramel flavor shows up in strength. I can literally taste the butter.
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This is the fait accompli for this cigar. It’s crowning glory.

I realize that I am making an ass of myself with all this fawning and praise. But this is a great cigar and I wish we live in the year 2135 when taste-o-vision was in force so you could taste what I taste.

I’m getting some burn issues now. The cherry is coning on me. I’m sure it’s a fluke. But I have only one sample. So I clip it off. And all is well.
There is no sign of nicotine. That’s good.

The more the cigar burns down, the more flavorful it becomes. The last couple of inches do see the honey and the floral flavors dissipate; only to see the creaminess, caramel, citrus, toast and spice get stronger.

The cigar ends beautifully without a hint of harshness, bitterness or heat. The strength moves up just a bit making it a scoche higher than classic medium.

I don’t know is this cigar is available yet, but if it isn’t; it will be very soon. You owe it to yourself to try it, even if only a 5 pack. Take the money out of your wife’s purse. She’s been taking money out of your wallet for years, so it’s only fair.

This is a special occasion cigar; unless money falls out of your pockets as you walk down the street. Either as a cigar you enjoy in solitude or share with a good buddy…this is a special blend and I tip my hat to the good folks at Alec Bradley.
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  1. Nice review Kat.

    On Sunday, October 20, 2013, Cigar Reviews by the Katman wrote: > The Katman posted: “Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan Size: 5.25 x 52 Robusto Body: Medium Price: $8.95 Who doesnt like Alec Bradley cigars? At the moment, my fave is the Nica Puro. They are ALWAYS in my humidor. I believe it” >