The Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua is the latest addition to the Tempus line. It joins the re-blended Tampus Natural and the Tempus Maduro.
The Tempus line has been around for awhile. In fact, the Tempus Maduro was one of the first cigars I purchased on a regular basis when I first started smoking cigars. With that being said, the Tempus line holds a special place in my heart. So when we had Casey Aldulaimi on CigarChat last week I promised that the Tempus Nicaragua would be the first review I would tackle after the show.
Here is the video from that show. If you missed it, do yourself a favor and check it out. It was a lot of fun.
Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua
Size: 5 x 50
Vitola: Terra Novo - Robusto
Wrapper: Jalapa Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua Double Binder
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega, Estelí and Jalapa)
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 cigars with high quality presentation and the Tempus Nicaragua does not disappoint. The band has that classic, ornate Alec Bradley look while the foot band differentiates this from different Tempus blends.
The Jalapa wrapper had an almost maduro look to it and the cigar goes on to have a very maduro-esque flavor profile. The was nice without any major blemishes. There was one prominent vein, but that kind of thing doesn't really bother me. The wrapper smelled strongly of barnyard and baking spice while the cold draw offered up notes of leather, dark cherry and chocolate. The cold draw was a bit snug, but it loosened up nicely as the cigar burnt.
Beginning: I was hit with a chewy, maduro-esque profile right off the bat. Notes of earth, leather, stewed plums and dark chocolate created very nice flavor profile. There was some baking spice on the retrohale that eventually began to settle on the tongue. The first third was very enjoyable, but it boarded on being a bit too sweet.
Middle: The earth and spice stepped up their game in the second third. This was a welcomed transition and it brought a nice balance to the profile. The spice took on more of a white pepper (more heat than flavor) as things progressed. There was a ton of flavor here, but not a ton of strength. I'd call this a medium to a medium-minus in strength. In other words, the Tempus Nicaragua is a very approachable cigar.
End: Man, this is a sweet cigar! Syrupy notes of stewed fruit and dark chocolate mix with a leathery note to create an abundance sweetness. I found myself wanting a bit more earth and pepper to balance things out. Luckily those notes took another step forward in the final third, but things still leaned in he direction of sweet.
Final Thoughts: I was kinda stunned by how sweet this cigar was. I enjoyed it, but I think I will enjoy it more when it's paired with a nice spicy bourbon like Bookers. That is a pairing that must happen. Sounds like an SOP show in the making! I've looked around online and you can grab a 5-er of these for a little over $30. At that price point, this is a no-brainer 5-pack buy. I can smoke it and enjoy it in the morning or after a meal and the pairing potential is off the charts.
Rating: 89 AKA "5-Pack Purchase"
If you like sweet cigars, then this is a no-brainer.