The Alec Bradley Post Embargo was unveiled last summer at IPCPR 2015, but didn't hit the market until the middle of November. There was a bit of a delay because the line took on a new look. With the President currently visiting Cuba, the whole idea of 'post embargo" is pretty timely.
The Post Embargo is currently available in four sizes with the Lancero being a limited edition. In fact, the whole line is somewhat limited, if you want to see it that way. Alec Bradley released 1,000 20-count boxes of the three main vitolas and only 500 boxes of the Lancero.
We recently had Casey Aldulaimi of Alec Bradley on CigarChat and we talked about the Post Embargo along with many other Alec Bradley releases.
Alec Bradley Post Embargo LE Lancero
Size: 7 1/2 x 41
Binder: Nicaragua and Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
Production - 500 20-count boxes
Samples smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review were provided by Alec Bradley Cigars
Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Pre-Light: Alec Bradley had come up with some nice bands over the last few years. The band on the Post Embargo follows suit. As I mentioned above, the branding for this cigar was changed before it was released and I think it was the right call. The original look was a little "clunky" for my taste.
The cigar itself had a real nice look and feel to it. the construction was spot on. The wrapper gave off some floral notes along with notes of cinnamon, hay and barnyard. The cold draw was a bit tight (it loosened throughout the first third) and offered up notes of raisins, sweet cream and a cinnamon spice.
Beginning: The Post Embargo started off with a rich profile with some sweet and spicy accents. Notes of leather, cedar and sweet cream were balanced out by cinnamon and baking spice on the retrohale. The flavors were strong right off the bat and held fast through the first third. There was a little harshness on the retrohale early on, but it smoothed out after the first inch.
Middle: The profile took on a pretty drastic change in the middle third. The leather note remained and was joined by a smokey molasses flavor that reminded me of barbecue. The spice on the retro transitioned from cinnamon/baking to a black pepper. The strength even took a step forward into the medium-plus range. This was a complete 180 from where the cigar started and I found it kind of enjoyable.
End: The "tale of two thirds" came to an end in an interesting way. The "smokey" notes subsided and allowed the rich leathery profile to return. There was very little sweetness to be found and the black pepper spice hung on until the end. So some notes from the first third returned while some form the second third hung on. This left rich and leathery notes on the tongue and a nice black pepper spice on the retrohale. The final third of the Post Embargo had a traditional Nicaraguan feel to it.
Final Thoughts: The Post Embargo was like three different cigars rolled into one. It started off with a rich profile that I loved, transitioned into an earthy and smokey profile, and finally combined elements of the two in the final third. There was a lot going on and it was a fun ride, but after the first third I found myself wanting those rich and sweet notes to return.
Rating: 87 AKA "5-Pack Purchase"
This is in the low end of the 5-pack rating because I feel like some time will do interesting things to the flavor profile.