Alec Bradley American Goes Sun Grown

Alec Bradley Cigars is releasing a new, bolder version of its American Classic brand and it will feature a darker wrapper and more spice.

The Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend will have a Nicaraguan core of Estelí and Condega filler tobaccos and a Jalapa binder, the same as found on the Alec Bradley American Classic. But instead of a Honduran Connecticut seed wrapper, American Sun Grown will wear a sun-grown Habano leaf from the Jalapa region of Nicaragua, making them Nicaraguan puros. The Sun Grown cigars are being rolled at Plasencia Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“It has more body and more spice than the American Classic,” said Sam Phillips, vice president of marketing for Alec Bradley, which is based in Dania, Florida. “It has a darker element to it. It’s a nice little spice bomb.”

Phillips said that the American Sun Grown Blend would come in the same six sizes as the American Classic, and at the same price points: Corona (5 1/2 inches by 42 ring, $4.20), Robusto (5 by 50, $4.75), Torpedo (6 1/8 by 52, $5.25), Churchill (7 by 48, $5.25), Toro (6 by 50, $5.00) and Gordo (6 by 60, $5.75).

For more on this story, see the June 5 issue of Cigar Insider.

"I like the teaser, but shouldn't you not allow the manufacturer to comment about the flavors? Isn't that Cigar Aficionados job?" —June 11, 2012 00:40 AM
"Very nice, I have a box of the classic AB Americans seasoning right now in my humidor waiting to be passed out on the 4th of July! Maybe I need a box of these to give the guests a choice." —June 8, 2012 13:45 PM