Brand: Alec Bradley
Line: Occidental Reserve
Vitola: Churchill 7 x 48
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Filler: Dominican, Indonesian
Box Price: $54.99 (Bundle of 25)
Description: I first tried the Occidental Reserve about a year ago, and I featured it as my Cigar of the Week about a month and a half ago, but I figured I’d share my review with you on CigarJack! Alec Bradley has really been stepping up his line of cigars, especially with his full-bodied Maxx. This time, he recruited Davidoff’s master blender Henrik Kelner to make a tasty, budget-friendly cigar.
Result: The Occidental Reserve is a home run.
As you’d expect from a cigar with a wrapper from the Freestone State, it’s mild. The OR starts off woody, but definitely sweetens up after a couple of inches. It ended up light and buttery, not overly complex — just as I remembered — and was a fine smoke overall.
I enjoyed this cigar just this afternoon, as I watched the about an inch of snow fall on Clark Street in Chicago. I rarely smoke Churchills, but it was a nice way to finally celebrate winter’s arrival. (It took me a good two hours to get through it from beginning to nub.)
Verdict: An awesome smoke that’s easy on the wallet. Which would you rather: Two Davidoffs or a bundle of these babies?
Similar Cigars: I’d compare this cigar to the Davidoff Double R.
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