Brand: Alec Bradley
Vitola: The Fix 58 x 5
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Columbia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Honduras
Box Price: $100 (Box of 20) MSRP
Description: MAXX fits the bill for the current trends in the cigar market, a bold dark maduro with a large ring gauge. The cigar is well constructed with a dark oily wrapper and a firm feel. The unlit draw was a bit tight, but not unpleasant. Even prior to lighting up this cigar had a strong aroma and flavor that reminded me of whiskey.
I spent a few moments toasting the foot and trying to get a nice even light. Getting a good even burn on these larger ring gauge cigars has always been an issue for me, and the MAXX wasn’t an exception to this rule. I had to touch the cigar up a couple of times while I smoked it, and it produced a firm dark grey ash that did not come off easily.
The MAXX surprised me on the flavor profile. I was expecting a spice bomb, but instead I got smooth rich espresso and woody flavors. A creaminess really took over about a third of the way into the cigar as some of the woodiness went away. At about the halfway point I was in heaven with a smooth coffee richness and just a hint of dark bitter chocolate. At the last third of the cigar I suddenly noticed I had gotten a decent buzz, which made me thankful that I had taken my time with this one.
Verdict: The Fix was a little bit larger ring gauge than I like, but I still enjoyed the cigar. My tastes typically run towards smaller ring gauge cigars so I prefer the Nano or the Ego sizes. However, this is a great full bodied cigar at a good price.
Similar Cigars: This cigar is similar in flavor to the CAO Brazilia, but is a stronger smoke. I can’t say that I’d reach for one over the other though as both are great cigars for the money.
Popularity: 18% [?]