Our Score (1.5 / 5)
- RH – 69% For 3 Weeks
- MSRP – $9.90
- Smoke Time – 1 Hour 5 Minutes
- Wrapper – Honduran
- Year Released – 2018
- Binder – Honduran & Nicaraguan
- Filler – Honduran & Nicaraguan
- Length – 5
- Ring Gauge – 52
- Vitola – Robusto
Initial Reactions and Appearance
Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto’s wrapper is a medium-dark color with no imperfections and no soft spots. An ultra nutty scent comes off the stick, which is one of the best smells for a cigar (in my opinion). The unlit draw provides the same nutty flavor that is present from the smell.
Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto starts of pretty good with that same nutty flavor on the first few puffs. A woody flavor accompanies the nuttiness on the retrohale, but it’s pretty mild. The draw is great, but an underlying bitterness starts to build as the first third burns down, ruining the decent flavors from before. Unfortunately, it only gets worse as the smoke progresses. My cigar canoed on the first third. I had high hopes from the initial smell and light, but things aren’t looking good.
Aside from a couple of very subtle earthy and woody notes in the background, there are no changes. The bitterness just continues, leaving a terrible taste in my mouth and the back of my throat. It’s honestly stopping me from tasting anything else, and it’s making this smoke incredibly difficult to enjoy. The canoeing fixes itself and the draw is still good. A tiny bit of sweetness comes out of the retrohale toward the end, but everything is still overshadowed by the overwhelming bitterness.
The sweetness from the end of the second third builds at the beginning of the final third, adding some much needed complexity to the retrohale. Sweet and woody with a little bit of pepper, these flavors are a significant improvement from before. I can taste that there’s potential here, but the bitterness is still the dominant note. The draw of the final third is still solid, and the canoeing fixed itself.
Would I Smoke Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto Again?
If Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto tasted like the final third for the whole time, then yes. However, it is a chore to smoke in its current state and I would not smoke it again.
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