I had a few other sticks over the weekend that I thought I’d share. Of course, the Punch Bareknuckle got the call for my 99th different cigar, but I don’t think I shared the photo below. It is a great cigar, and the corona is an excellent size. Amazingly, the Bareknuckle is an inexpensive cigar too. My latest catalog shows a 20 count box of coronas is running at $50. That’s killer. You can read a few brief comments I made about the Punch Bareknuckle here.
The Alec Bradley Tempus is an interesting cigar. As I’ve experienced with other Alec Bradley blends, they are kinda hit and miss, especially when it comes to build quality. The Tempus is a boxed pressed cigar that I usually find pretty tasty. Pre-light aromas and draws are reminiscent of cocoa, while the overall flavors include wood, pink peppercorn, toasted caramel and cream. I’ve often had burn issues with these. Sometimes they’re great, others, not so much.
Continuing on with Alec Bradley sticks, I bought a box of American Sun Grown a couple weeks ago. While I probably shouldn’t have spent the money that I did, I haven’t regretted the cigar choice. I’ve had plenty of these recently and they’ve all been great cigars. I find it humorous that a lower-end cigar has better flavor and quality than AB cigars nearly twice the price. Creamy black pepper flavors with a good medium-full body. You can’t go wrong with this cigar. I’d say the only other AB cigar I like more than the Sun Grown is the Black Market.
I finally fired up the Pinolero the other night. Made by AJ Fernandez, I really was expecting much more from this cigar. The Pinolero carried medium-flavored wood, one note, until the last third of the cigar. Then I got a fuller flavored cigar of wood, cocoa, coffee, and more. There were also numerous burn issues at the end and I fought it more than once. The ash was also very light and flakey, so I was constantly keeping it in check over the ashtray. The draw was very light and airy, and the smokey was plentiful, without being thick.