Wrapper: Honduran Trojes
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa), Honduran Trojes
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Condega), Honduran Trojes
Size: 5 x 52 “Robusto”
Price: $7.50 MSRP ($6.70 Everywhere)
Today we take a look at the Alec Bradley Coyol.
From Cigar Aficionado:
“A single farm in Honduras has inspired Alec Bradley to release Coyol, an upcoming brand that showcases tobacco from a specific plot of land with the same name.
“Sometimes tobacco has great aroma or great flavor, but rarely does one have both,” said company president Alan Rubin. “That is what makes Coyol so unique. The blend for this new cigar is designed around the Coyol tobacco, which is why I had to name the cigar Coyol.”
“There are elements of Coyol tobacco in each part of the cigar. The wrapper is from Coyol, as is one of the binders and part of the filler. The second binder is from Nicaragua (Jalapa) as is the rest of the filler.”
The cigar comes in boxes of 20 in 6 sizes: Robusto 5 x 52 $7.50, Petit Lancero 6.5 x 41 $6.95, Toro 6 x 52 $8.20, Gordo 6 x 60 $8.75, Belicoso 5.5 x 58 $8.50, and Double Churchill 7 x 58 $9.25.
I find this odd. When the Alec Bradley Coyol came out around a month or so ago, they were sold out in the blink of an eye. No one had them. Everyone stated “Backordered.”
I found mine easily at Tampa Humidor and even paid a few bucks less than everyone else was charging.
So, the Alec Bradley Coyol has been cooling its heels in my humidor for about three weeks. I also noticed that not a single review had been written.
I tried my first Coyol a few days after receipt. Blah. Then a week or 10 days later…Blah. Then I struck gold at the three week mark. Happy as a clam I was, I was. And we know how goddam happy clams get.
The cigar is now ready to smoke and review.
The Alec Bradley Coyol has a major differential in consistency as far as appearances. All sticks have a rustic appearance but some more so than others. Most noticeably in the cap. The triple cap is flawless on one cigar and a total train wreck on another.
There are light splotches that I assume comes from this special Coyol tobacco. As if Jackson Pollock threw a dash of light tan here and there over the dark brown wrapper. Seams are invisible on some and very noticeable on others. Most cigars are lumpy and bumpy.
The cigar is light in the hand. It doesn’t feel jam packed but it is firm and without soft spots.
I detect a slight reddish tinge to the semi oily wrapper which feels very toothy.
The cigar band has a bit of the Rocky Patel Freedom look to it. But the secondary band that says “La Vega Coyol” off sets it nicely.
The term literally means “The fertile plain of the palm.”
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, hay, green pepper, spice, a dash of espresso, cedar, and black cherry.
Time to light up.
The first puffs are full of chocolate. The draw is spot on. And then like Soupy Sales hit me with a pie in the face, I get pie sized portion of red pepper. (You whippersnappers can look up Soupy on Wikipedia).
Other flavors begin to fall into lock step: Creaminess, spice, caramel, coffee, fruity sweetness, cinnamon, cedar and leather. And a nicely exotic earthiness.
The char line is a bit wavy by the first half an inch. I’ve smoked two in the last two days and, of course, neither had a burn issue. Murphy’s Law has kicked in. I tune it up and cross my fingers.
The draw is very airy. A subsequent result of the cigar not being jam packed.
More flavors jump on to the freight train: Toastiness, nuts, and vanilla salt water taffy.
The char line is a sight to be seen. When I write shit like that I get the feeling I am drudging up the spirit of Groucho Marx. Doesn’t make any sense.
And then just like that, the Alec Bradley Coyol is a flavor bomb.
The Coyol has an interesting line up of flavors. I know we’ve all tasted the elements I’ve listed but methinks the Coyol has a specific effect on them. The flavors have an edge; they are very complex within the boundaries of each element. The caramel is a mixture of other butter based sweets like butterscotch and toffee. The chocolate isn’t quite milk or dark cocoa. There is a definite twang to all the components. The elusive Cuban twang seems to have found a home in the Alec Bradley Coyol. I realize that is a pretty high standard to meet but there is no other explanation.
The creaminess is not your typical half & half type. It is morphed with the sweetness like condensed milk.
Cinnamon is more complex than plain ol’ cinnamon. There are many varieties of cinnamon with the one you probably use the most being the worst…which comes from SE Asia. This has more of a Ceylon cinnamon flavor.
More complex with hints of other flavors like sweetness and nuts. If you want to treat yourself, you can score Ceylon cinnamon on Amazon. It ain’t cheap but once you try it, you won’t go back. Tagging along like a Remora fish, a nutmeg element is feeding off the cinnamon.
So the long drawn out point I am trying to make like a slobbering walrus (Goo-Goo-Ga-Choo), is that Alan Rubin really did his homework on this baby.
The second third begins.
It is lighter than a black cherry. And that’s what you are paying an extra $3 a pound for.
The Alec Bradley Coyol is smoking faster than I would like. Just not enough tobacco. It has taken me 15 minutes to get to the second third…making this, in all probability, a 45 minute cigar. A nicely packed robusto should give you close to a 90 minute smoke.
The red pepper has dissipated to almost nothing. On my two earlier cigars, this happened as well. But, it reared its head like a valiant stallion in the last third and rode me on home.
The earthiness can vary from blend to blend. The Coyol earthiness is something else.
Inexplicably, the cigar goes out on me. (If it were jam packed, this probably would not have happened.)
I light ‘er back up and voila! The spice returns and is rampaging through the town. Smiting all the villagers.
I hit the halfway point. It has taken me 25 minutes to get here.
This is one helluva cigar. My only criticism of the Alec Bradley Coyol is the packing of the tobacco.
The price point of $6.70 is more than decent. But I would be willing to pay another buck if there were more tobacco in the stick making it a longer smoking cigar.
I paid $6.35 per stick at Tampa Humidor. Everywhere I look, the Alec Bradley Coyol is backordered. I have no idea how TH is keeping them in stock when no one else seems to. And they ship for free.
The strength has been classic medium body throughout the smoke. Now it seems to be moving up to medium/full.
Even before finishing the Alec Bradley Coyol, I can tell you that I highly recommend this cigar. The flavor profile starts strong and continues on an upward trajectory.
The last third is the sweet spot.
Luscious is the only way I can describe it.
When you purchase this cigar, DO NOT waste a cigar from impatience. You will only be wasting a good cigar. Give it 3 weeks at least before sparking one up. And ye shall be thus rewarded.
Here are the flavors for the last time: Creaminess, earthiness, spice, caramel conglomerate, coffee, cocoa, Rainier cherry, cinnamon conglomerate, vanilla, and a touch of cedar and leather.
Complexity began from almost the start of the cigar. It has a wonderful balance and has a nice long finish.
The last third has a little more tobacco than the rest of the cigar. And it slows down.
My second criticism is that it needs touch ups now and again.
The flavor profile is just going nuts now. The twang has remained with the Alec Bradley Coyol this whole time.
The spiciness ratchets down a bit falling in line with the rest of the flavors.
The Alec Bradley Coyol is an excellent cigar. The price point is wallet/wife friendly. It is a flavor bomb from almost the start. And it delivers a nice complexity and balance.
If you can’t find them at your favorite store, there is always Tampa Humidor.
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