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#nowsmoking: Alec Bradley Project 40 06.52 (Toro)

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#nowsmoking: Alec Bradley Project 40 06.52

Alec Bradley Project 40 06.52/Toro Cigar Review

Factory: J. Fuego Cigar Co. de Nicaragua – Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6″ x 52)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado
Binder: Brazilian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua

#nowsmoking Alec Bradley Project 40 cigar review Toro at Famous Smoke Shop

Where It’s At

First, give me the back story. . .

“Project 40 is not just a line, but a concept representative of the search to find a deeper understanding as to why cigars have a positive cognitive impact on the mind and body,” says the press release from Alec Bradley Cigars. This concept of cigar smoking having the ability to create one of the most relaxing and stress-free experiences has long been a tenet of the Alec Bradley brand that can be traced back to the company’s bestselling Tempus cigars.  

Take cigars and music for example. Both can have a remarkable calming effect on the listener/smoker that’s equally rewarding. What makes the Project 40 unique is its selection of tobaccos that have been cured, fermented, aged, and blended to achieve a smoke that offers such an experience. The boxes and bands also say “Experimental Series,” but, what is Project 40?

“Project 40 is a generally accepted concept in multiple industries with the end goal being to find how a service or product can have a positive impact on the mind and body.” said Alec Bradley Cigars co-founder, Alan Rubin. “Since cigars bring people together, cause for relaxation and create positive experiences, I asked myself why this concept should not be applied to premium cigars.”

#nowsmoking Alec Bradley Project 40 cigar review by Gary Korb closeup
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The Alec Bradley Project 40 06.52 cigar offers a very relaxing, medium-bodied smoke with well-balanced notes of oak, sweetness, spice, and tangy citrus flavors, to name but a few.

To create the blend, the company called on renowned master blender, Jesus Fuego (Sangre de Toro, 777, The Judge), who used a reddish Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper over a Brazilian binder leaf and Nicaraguan long-fillers. The Project 40 cigars are handcrafted in four vitolas each named for their respective dimensions: 05.50 (5″ x 50); 06.52 (6″ x 52); 07.50 (7″ x 50); and 06.60 (6 x 60)

Another aspect of the Project 40 series that will ease the minds and wallets of cigar smokers is the price. Each size lists for under $6.00 per cigar, and is presented in white boxes of 20 cigars with graphics that reflect an Aerospace Department letterhead. Famous Smoke Shop also offers Project 40 cigars in 5-packs and singles.

Let’s talk construction. How well is it made?

Expertly. The cigar has a handsome Colorado wrapper with a reddish patina that’s even throughout. The cigar showed no soft spots, plus, the triple seam cap was well-applied and cut perfectly. Once clipped, the cigar offered an effortless draw with pre-light notes of wood, leather, and a hint of sweet tobacco.

So, how does it smoke?

The cigar offered a high volume of creamy smoke that flowed easily from the head and foot. Early notes of cedar, sweet tobacco and pepper got the cigar off to a flavorful start that rounded-out to a creamy, aromatic mix with excellent balance on a fairly long and semi-sweet finish. The cigar also burned evenly revealing very long and firm light grey ashes. The body is dead-on medium with a nice mellowness to it up front. Later on, the mellowness transitions to more of a creamy, velvety character.

#nowsmoking Alec Bradley Project 40 cigar review by Gary Korb and Tommy Zman

What are the primary flavor notes?

Earth, light pepper, oak, honey, spice, tangy berries. Retrohales offer some spiciness and a hint of sweetness. The sweetness improves in the second act, becoming the anchor note within the mix of oak, light honey and spice.

So, is it complex?

Not in the usual sense; meaning, it doesn’t offer a lot of dramatic changes, but there are plenty of flavors going on to keep you engaged.  

#nowsmoking Alec Bradley Project 40 cigar review Toro by Tommy Zman

What drinks can I pair with it?

Tommy suggested a red wine or even a Port for this cigar, which I seconded. I think it would also go nicely with something as simple as a vodka and tonic, which would keep the palate a little cleaner between puffs, and bring out more of this cigar’s base notes. Moreover, since this cigar also makes an excellent morning smoke, coffee is a natural.

(For more cigar pairing ideas, see our cigar pairing guide.)

Tell me who this cigar is for. 

Tommy described the Project 40 06.52 as an “easy smoke,” in that, the cigar moves along at a nice pace with a good flow of rich, yet non-overpowering flavors. That makes this cigar a good catch for new smokers as well as experienced smokers who want a change from the full-bodied fare and more complex cigars. To put it simply, you don’t have to think much about this cigar; just let it do its thing and it will reward you generously.

#nowsmoking Alec Bradley Project 40 cigar review Toro by Gary Korb

Bottom line: Is it humidor worthy?

At under $6.00 a cigar, this cigar belies its affordable price point. Tommy noted that it could easily sell for at least $8.00 and I agreed. For the cigar smoker looking for an affordably priced cigar with excellent construction and plenty of flavor, the Project 40 06.52 Toro would be a rewarding addition to most cigar smokers’ collections.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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