Alec Bradley Mundial | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Honduran Trojes
Binder: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan (Ligero)
Size: 5.12 x 52 “Punta Lanza No. 5” (Perfecto)
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $11.95

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There is lots of info on this blend. First, it is a limited edition cigar. It was introduced at the 2013 IPCPR trade show to smashing reviews.

The word, Mundial, means “Global” in Spanish. The different sizes all start with the two words: “Punta Lanza.” Which means “spear tip.”

There are five sizes and all are in the perfecto shape:
Punta Lanza No. 4= 4.25 x 48
Punta Lanza No. 5= 5.12 x 52
Punta Lanza No. 6= 6 x 54
Punta Lanza No. 7= 7 x 52
Punta Lanza No. 8= 6.5 x 58

My only question not resolved is what happened to Punta Lanza No. 1-3?

Cigar price ranges from $10.00-$16.00 a pop.

The PR machine says there are 4 varieties of tobacco in the fillers. But they don’t specify.

From Atlantic cigars:
“Alec Bradley cigars “launched” the Mundial in style by making it the first cigar in space. On the 59th Floor of the Palms Place Casino, Alan Rubin, owner of Alec Bradley Cigars, and a collection of special guests watched as a balloon carried an airtight case of Mundial cigars 110,000 feet/ 18.10 miles above the surface of Las Vegas before the balloon burst and the cigars crashed down in the Nevada desert.”

Construction is excellent just riding the fence on rustic. Lots of veins but no seams visible. It has a nice dark coffee bean color. The wrapper feels sandy. And it looks like a triple cap but it is so impeccable, I’m guessing.

The double cigar bands are a hippie’s dream come true. Just like when we all took acid, drove to Hollywood, just to watch the opening of the movie 2001; which came out on January 1, 1968. It was the only time I saw people trying to sit as close to the screen as possible. It played at the new Cinerama Dome Theater on Sunset Blvd.
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I’d explain it…but I’d rather just show it to you:
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I clip the cap and find aromas of delicious cocoa, loads of cedar, floral notes, dried apricots, and leather. Starting very nicely.

Time to light up. (Note: the perfecto foot has a ¼” opening so I don’t feel the need to clip it).

The opening puffs just slam flavor at your palate like a sledge hammer. First, there is a meaty, rich tobacco component followed quickly by red pepper. The dried apricot translates from aroma to flavor.
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The stick puts its money where my mouth is; immediately. I like that and for $10-$16 a stick, it should fulfill this requirement with no questions asked.

I’ve had all of the Alec Bradley blends and this one is speaking to me that it is now in my Top 3 A/B blends.

The char line is a bit wavy so I touch it up. Hopefully, it will be the last time…but honestly, with a tiny perfecto foot, you never know how the burn line will react in the beginning. So a minor touch up is totally normal.
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The first third burns quickly due to the shape. It is very flavorful and here they are: Natural tobacco, spice, dried fruit, cocoa, toast, cedar, leather, and nuts.

I need to cut the secondary cigar band off with a knife…too much glue. But got away with no damage to the wrapper.

The nuttiness is getting stronger. The strength starts out as classic medium but as I approach the halfway point, it begins to get stronger. No sign of nicotine yet.

Being a mostly Honduran blend, it doesn’t have the stereotypical flavors of a Nicaraguan blend. The cocoa is not very strong. No creaminess. And the richness and character come from the tobacco which is driving the bus now.
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I hit the halfway point and it becomes very buttery and oily. It brings out the flavor of the toast.

The main cigar band is ready to be removed. Son of a bitch…too much glue. But careful prying with a sharp knife removes it without damage to the band or wrapper. Good buddy, Scott Manby asked what I used to remove sticky bands. I showed him the small Boker folding blade ($30) I use. He recommended an X-Acto carving blade ($5). I bought one on Amazon yesterday.
Boker:
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X-Acto:
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The draw is perfect and it allows me to chomp while I type.
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A transition of sorts takes place in the flavor profile. A hickory element shows itself. And the nuts become salty and sweet. Like me.

The cocoa moves to the back of the line. So here is the line up in descending order: Sweetness, hickory, nuts, dried fruit, toast, butter, cedar and leather.

This is an excellent change up of what I normally smoke. Nicaraguan blends are so “in” right now that it’s hard not to find a stick that is dominated by the Nic flavors.

I’m still at the halfway point. The gentle slope of the perfecto is gone so the burn time slows down.

The last third begins with a new flavor: black licorice. The strength hits medium/full at this point. Still no nicotine.
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And now another new flavor: creaminess. I see the Nicaraguan influence is getting a grip in this last part of the cigar.

The blend becomes very complex now. Flavors aren’t booming but are smooth and rich. Well-rounded and balanced. A nice long finish and the buttery toast adds a very nice touch.

This size is what I normally smoke but in this case, I wish I had gotten the 6 x 54 instead.

This blend most definitely meets the criteria of the New Breed Tattooed Ones’ level of quality. Slowly but surely, the Bradley folks are putting out cigars that don’t need months of humidor time. I love the “Burn.” I love the Raices Cubana 1941, the American Sun Grown, the Nica Puro, the New York Empire State Edition, and the Star Insignia made exclusively for BestCigarPrices.com.

The stick finishes out velvety smooth. There is power behind the punch but nary a sign of nicotine. Technically, I would not consider this stick a flavor bomb. Maybe a bit more humidor time but I doubt it. The approach is different on this blend. There are some unique qualities that don’t require the flavors to come zooming at your face at 90mph.

This is a quiet cigar. And I mean that in a good way. I’m very impressed and I’m sure that was Alan Rubin’s goal. I’d love to have a couple of boxes of these sticks.

The price point is a little tough on budget oriented guys, like me. So I consider it a treat once in a while. And a treat is exactly what it is.
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2 replies

  1. Hmm, I must’ve smoked a bad stick then. The one I had sat in my humi for a month & was still acrid and a bit sharp on the tongue. I had to put it down and walk away after getting halfway into the #5.