Alec Bradley Black Market Punk: Packing a Panamanian punch
I first came across the Alec Bradley Black Market Punk in mid-2016. It was recommended to me as a small, quick smoke that, given my enjoyment of full bodied cigars, would be right up my street, and they weren’t wrong. Having smoked it’s bigger brother, the Black Market Robusto again fairly recently I thought that it was about time I revisited this petit corona.
The name of this cigar perfectly describes its nature. All of the flavour that is perfectly spaced out over the entire length of the robusto is crammed into the 4½ inches of the Black Market Punk’s diminutive size. At no point though are the tastes indistinct and muddy, rather each flavour shines brightly and quick like the perfect punk rock album track before allowing the next note to have its moment in the sun.
Familiar aromas of toffee, cocoa and leather seeped from the foot of the of the cigar. The maduro wrapper was deliciously sweet and oily and the cold draw hinted at some mintiness. Once lit, and after the initial hit of pepper and bonfire, sour apple and clove swiftly swept these aside and were underpinned by a sweet oiliness from the wrapper.
As with previous times that I’ve smoked the Alec Bradley Black Market Punk, the middle third changed character completely. It became decidedly more fruity with hints of warm cedar and liquorice. After this lull in intensity, the bonfire and pepper returned in the final third and once again, I enjoyed the cigar right down to the lip burning nub.
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Alec Bradley Black Market Punk Cigar Details
Alec Bradley Black Market Punk Review Summary
This is another little cigar that punches above its vitola. Once again it has shown me why I keep some of these in my humidor all year round.
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