Alec Bradley seems to always to be a company that not only tries to create cigars with the consumer in mind, but they create cigars in response to those very consumers and their requests. With the past few years seeing a big response to larger ring gauges, Alec bradley has taken their MAXX line and added to it a monster of a cigar, The Freak. Utilizing a blend of tobaccos from Columbia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Honduras, the Costa Rican binder plays a huge part, while the Nicaraguan Habano wrapper holds all the different components together. While this cigar has not been spoken of as often as some of Alec Bradleys other cigars, the Maxx line has taken the large ring gauge requests and produced a very well respected and desired cigar.
Woo wee! This is one big cigar! Evenly packed from head to foot, this cigar shows just how much tobacco you can fit into a cigar. The wrapper has minimal veins but the almost velvety wrapper is just covered in oils, making it easily visible in the humidor. The cap clipped like a hot knife through butter and while the monserous 60 ring gauge foot took a little extra time to light, it burned evenly and smooth from start to finish.
Larger ring gauges really have a way to highlight the overall long-filler blend while not worrying so much about the dynamic qualities of the blend have focused on creating a rich cinnamon, earth, leather and nutty flavor that hangs on each puff. A long lasting finish with just a hint of spice on the retrohale, this is a solid cigar from start to finish.
Alec Bradley has done it again - the consumers said they wanted larger ring gauges and The Freak was AB's answer. This is not the most dynamic or complex of cigars, but the price point matched with the consistent quality and performance makes this a cigar that is hard to not recommend. Easy on the wallet, readily avaialble and in my own personal opinion, an award winning flavor combination - this is a cigar I will be looking for time and time again.