Quick Review: Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

Two weeks ago I enjoyed an Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill — a new arrival to my preferred smoke shop, Grand River Cigar. These sticks came highly recommended; in fact, this cigar earned the coveted No. 1 ranking for 2011 from Cigar Aficianado. With a Honduran wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Honduran/Nicaraguan filler blend, these 7×48 cigars presented well. The lightly box-pressed product enticed with its dark, slightly oily glow and elegant band.

Cigar Aficianado scored these cigars at a 96, stressing their overall flavor as a key part of the ranking — the raters detected “chocolate, leather and spice notes.” Perhaps. Although I thought the A.B. Prensado Churchill was a highly enjoyable smoke, I didn’t find it as complex and flavorful as CA did. The cigar seemed “strong” in a nicotine sense, although not at all harsh on the tongue. I didn’t detect any significant notes that I could clearly identify. It wasn’t a bland cigar, but no matter how hard you pressed me I couldn’t associate specific notes to it.

The Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill presented well, burned evenly, tasted fine and featured a moderate price point. For the money, I’ll certainly include it in my ordinary lineup when I head to the smoke shop. But a 96 rating? Color me skeptical.

Listen to this coming week’s podcast for an audio review of this cigar, as well as some commentary between Jason and Tony about some of the criticisms of CA’s rating standards that we’ve encountered.

3 thoughts on “Quick Review: Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    Like most people, I take C.A.’s ratings with a grain of salt. We all have different tastes and palates, so one size does not fit all.

    I find that I like A.B. cigars after about 6 months of aging. Seems to really take the edge off of them and let the flavor come through. C.A. could have smoked some that had been sitting around for a while, while the ones in your local shop just arrived.

  2. Eric Scism Reply

    I hardly ever agree with the C.A. rating, it was a good cigar but I don’t know if its deserving of a 96. 

    • jason Post authorReply

      Agree, Eric. I’ve grown to look at C.A. ratings as “broad outlines” rather than specific advice. I find better luck looking at aggregate scores on Puff.com and similar sites.

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