Alec Bradley's Mundial is probably best known as the cigar that went into space. Well, it actually went up as high as the stratosphere, as it didn't go above 20 miles. But, that is still pretty high up. A cigar that was in the works for five years, the Mundial didn't actually make it to market until the 2013 IPCPR trade show, due to complications. It is definitely one of the highest priced offerings from Alec Bradley, with MSRP's from $9.95 to $15.95.
Alec Bradley Mundial
Size: 4.25 x 48
Vitola: Punta Lanza No. 4 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Honduran Trojes
Binder: Honduras & Nicaragua
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L. (Raíces Cubanas)
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigar for review provided by Alec Bradley Cigars
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
Prelight: I love the appearance of this Mundial. The wrapper is uniform and well rolled, with a clean triple cap on the tip and a very nice solomon style point on the foot. The band’s intricate design and color combination are also very fitting and eye catching. It may be overly busy or large for some people, but I like it. The wrapper has notes of hay, manure and chocolate, with a sweet tobacco and honey flavor on the cold draw.
Beginning: The Mundial has a nice start. The main profile has a lot of natural tobacco notes with with a nice, sharp red pepper note on the retrohale. The smoke is thick, the burn is straight and the ash held on very well. So far, it is a medium in terms of body and strength.
Middle: The second third of the Mundial is similar, but with the addition of a very smokey, dried fruit note. Cedar and natural tobacco flavors stay right up in the forefront, behind this flavor and the pepper burn on the retrohale has increased. Still burning great, with tons of smoke and a solid ash. Not as pleasing here, with the addition of a little harshness, but it's nothing major here.
End: The final third of the Mundial really takes a turn for the worse. All of the pleasant, almost creamy/sweet tobacco and wood notes are gone. There is a sharp bite, but it isn't the nice red pepper anymore. It's a bitter harshness that lingers on the tongue. It is still somewhat smokeable, and I was able to get it smoked, but I was not inclined to nub it.
Final Thoughts: This cigar may be worthy of revisiting. There was such a good start in the prelight and first third, and I was disappointed to have the profile turn so harsh. It wasn't unsmokable, but it just became less enjoyable as it went on. Alec Bradley is one of really only two mainstream cigar makers whose offerings I tend to enjoy more often than not. But, this Mundial just did not hit that level for me, and not at this price point.
Rating: 80 AKA "If I had them" - I wouldn't pay money for them, but I'd try to weasel some or trade for some