Brand: Alec Bradley
Line: Magic Toast
Size: Robusto (5 X 52)
Binder: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Cigars Smoked for Review: 2
Cigars for Review were purchased from Local B&M
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Magic Toast was released at the 2018 IPCPR and leading up to the trade show this cigar was announced as a mystery release. The cigar features a dark honduran wrapper and I found the band to be very visually interesting with elements of astrology fitting the magic part of the cigar name.
The wrapper was a dark chocolate, almost espresso bean color, with some lighter spots noticeable when held in the direct sunlight. The wrapper also had some noticeable tooth and appeared very oily in the direct sunlight. The prelight draw had a little more resistance than I prefer to but not too much. The flavor notes were musty earth and natural tobacco with a little bit a pepper on the tongue and I could feel the oil from the wrapper on my lips.
After lighting the primary flavor was a very dark and toasted BBQ bark type of quality mixed in with earthy tobacco notes. About half an inch in I started to pick up a sweetness with a faint hint of cherry too. The draw also loosened up a little from the prelight to what I consider the perfect amount of resistance, without it being too tight. At this point and the cigar was producing a thick and creamy textured smoke that really coated my mouth. Toward the end of the first third an espresso type of bitterness and some coffee notes joined the flavor mix.
In the second third the flavors that I picked up the first third combined into a much more balanced overall flavor profile. That toasted BBQ flavor went into the background and became very subtle. The coffee and sweet cherry type of flavor became more pronounced while the earthy core remained a consistent backbone to the overall flavor profile. I also picked up some bitter chocolate flavors in addition to that espresso bitterness. I found these qualities to be more noticeable on the retrohale and finish.
In the final third the overall flavors remained consistent with the second third. As the final third progressed the earthy intensity began to build up and some of the more subtle flavor elements started to become less noticeable. The cigar finished without getting too hot or developing negative flavor qualities.
Total smoking time was about one hour and thirty minutes.
Throughout the entire smoking experience I found the cigar to be medium strength with medium-full flavors. There were no issues with combustion and the burn line was wavy at times but didn’t require any major corrections. While I didn’t find this cigar to have any significant flavor transitions or be too complex it was very enjoyable. The core flavor note was one that left me wanting more and I think this cigar is perfect for those situations where you want an enjoyable smoke that you don’t have to focus on too much to get the full flavor experience from.
Jason’s Rating: 89 (AKA “Five Pack”)