I bought 10 on Monster and when I lit it up the aroma was perfect. In fact, the cigar was great from beginning to end. I am surprised by the bad reviews.
I got one of these in a sampler pack and let it sit in the humi for a couple of months. Lit up one evening and to my surprise it was fantastic...well constructed, even burn and stayed lit throughout...this has become one of my favorites. Folks rave about the Maxx but I find this to be the superior one in the Alec Bradley line.
Shame these only seem to come in tens.A truly superb deal and flavour
I bought a box of these - not bad. nice spicy flavor, medium body, and nice burn.
an excellent complex tasting smoke.
Easy to light, chocolate/coffee/cedar touches taking turns, full-flavored smoothness so that this masterpiece can be savored s-l-o-w-l-y. Took me nearly an hour to drift through the Medalist, and true pleasure was in every puff.
I just got my order today (011306). I opened the box and the aroma was sensational. I couldn't wait to try one. I can see why Gary says they are his new favorite. It definetly made my list of favorites. Construction is great, burns great, nice gray ash. The draw was exceptional, taste was full yet smooth. I would recommend this cigar for new and old time cigar smokers. Worth every cent. I wish these came in boxes of twenty, ten won't last very long. Already ordered another box.
Well, everything about these cigars says AB...the construction, burn, draw, apprearance, but not the taste. While most AB's are smooth smoking complex full bodied beasts, this is more of a teenage version on steroids. None of the grace or complexity with all of the brawn and a bit too aggressive. I think that about sums it up. They might need a year or two of box time. Maybe infuse them with a cognac in your special box.
Reviews weren't always that great about this cigar, but I finally got one in a sampler and have to say it was nicer and much better than I expected. Smoked this one right out of the box, so it was a little too moist and may not have experienced the full flavor. It was a very nice cigar; subtle flavors, nothing fancy like Tempus or anything like it. I think I would compare it with a Gran Habano Corojo #5 with a dark wrapper instead of a corojo. Halfway through it started burning really nice and tasted some sweetness and sared geting more creamy I think. Out of the box, I would rate it a 7.5 and am probably buying a box of 10 and let them accomodate a few extra weeks in my humidor. I am sure they will be even better.
when travelling abroad i rely on Alec Bradley's - especially the Medalists for their quality and flavour. never had a bad one either.