Alec Bradley Beefs Up Prensado Line

When Alec Bradley released its box-pressed Prensado brand in 2009, a 54 ring gauge Gran Toro was the thickest cigar in the line. Now, Alec Bradley has dwarfed the Gran Toro by pressing its Honduran/Nicaraguan blend of tobacco into a chunky 60 ring gauge cigar dubbed the Prensado Double T. At 6 inches by 60 ring, it is the thickest cigar in the Prensado line.

"Big ring gauge cigars are very popular right now," said brand owner Alan Rubin. "This cigar is big, bold and full of flavor."

The blend consists of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco, featuring a Nicaraguan binder from the Jalapa region and a Honduran Corojo 2006 wrapper that Rubin says comes from the Trojes farm.

Like the rest of the line, Double T cigars are made at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. They come in boxes of 20 and retail for $12.00 each.

"My personal opinion is that cigars of a big ring guage are made to make money, not because they are better smokes. 60 ring gauge cigars are trending now, and kudos to Alec Bradley for understanding the market and giving the people what they want, even if it comes at the expense of an unfavorable filler to wrapper tobacco ratio and must take away from that Corojo 2006 gem that is undoubtably one of the finest, rich-tasting wrappers in the industry. " —August 2, 2011 15:44 PM