MAXX by Alec Bradley Cigar Review

by Jesse on September 18, 2007

MAXX The Fix by Alec Bradley CigarBrand: Alec Bradley
Line: MAXX
Vitola: The Fix 58 x 5
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Columbia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Honduras
Body: Full
Strength: Full
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.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

monkeydan September 19, 2007 at 8:18 pm

I loved it. I felt like a two dollar whore when I was done with it, but The MAXX is a damn good smoke. I enjoyed the Freak, which is a lttle bigger than the Fixx at an impressive 6.27 x 60.

A must try. It is equal in workload and bragging rights as eating a 48oz steak.


Jesse September 19, 2007 at 9:56 pm

I’ve got a large bronze banded one I can’t wait to try.


creekend (UK) September 20, 2007 at 2:54 pm

have ordered a box of the ego’s from famous for shipping to the UK recently.

$50 of your usd less than the usual 89.95 at only 39.95 per box as AB are selling them as Maxx Supervisor Selection.

I appreciated your appraisal and now look fwd to the cigars.



Jesse September 20, 2007 at 3:03 pm

I looked at the site and couldn’t find this deal, but while it lasted it was definitely worth it. I’m upset I missed it.


creekend (UK) September 20, 2007 at 3:53 pm

if you go to the famous smoke cigar sales under ‘s’ for supervisor selection they are still there – I just checked.

Supervisor Selection – (NICARAGUA) Click here for other smoker’s reviews of this brand
Supervisor Selection premium cigars come by way of Alec Bradley Cigars. These dark, mysterious cigars are virtually identical to another fine Alec Bradley selection, but it’s no mystery that the construction and flavor in these full-bodied bundle cigars is outstanding. A recipe of hearty tobaccos from numerous Central American countries make for a well-balanced smoke loaded with rich caramelized flavors and a sweet, head-turning aroma. Want a first-rate cigar at a cut-rate price? This is it!
NOTE: Ratings are based on various smokers’ experiences. Your opinion may vary.

(5PF) = Available on 5-Pack Frenzy page
Supervisor Selection Double Corona 20 $39.95
Size: 6 3/8 x 60 Shape: Double Corona Wrapper: Natural Retail: $64.00 Save: $24.05 Avail: Y
Supervisor Selection Robusto 20 $39.95
Size: 5 x 58 Shape: Robusto Wrapper: Natural Retail: $60.00 Save: $20.05 Avail: Y
Supervisor Selection Torpedo 20 $39.95
Size: 7 x 58 Shape: Torpedo Wrapper: Natural Retail: $66.00 Save: $26.05 Avail: Y


Jesse September 21, 2007 at 12:30 pm

I haven’t tried Supervisor Selection, but may have to give them a try sometime. Right now I’ve got so much to smoke that I won’t be buying much new stuff for awhile.


creekEnd (uk) September 21, 2007 at 2:43 pm

If you give me a reminder in a few months when they have reached me in the UK from my Illinois address and I have laid them down in a humidor for a while, I will send you a couple to try so you can compare them with the AB Maxx yourself.

Roy – Essex, UK


Don S. October 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

The UK chap is right! They still have them but with a small increase in price. I purchased a bundle of 20 of the Robusto for $42.50 on the Monster just recently. Enjoy!


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