Cigar Aficionado

Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Torpedo
Torpedo
93
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
52 52
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
A rich combination of savory and sweet, this oily torpedo is loaded with earthy, leathery notes balanced by undercurrents of raisin and cocoa. Delicious and satisfying.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 52
Length 6 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua, Honduras
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Apr 01, 2018
Price $8.75
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2019 | Score: 93

The name may sound ominous and illicit, but the Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Torpedo is really a stand-up, law-abiding cigar—and a very satisfying one as well. Owned by Alan Rubin, this intriguing series is a spin-off from the first Black Market brand, only the blend is quite different and so is the factory. While the original Black Market is made in Honduras, Black Market Estelí is produced at Plasencia Cigars S.A., a Nicaraguan factory located right in Estelí, the country's epicenter for handmade smokes. Playing to the theme, the cigars are packaged in crate-like boxes, as though they were stolen freight boosted from a cargo plane or container ship. If you're not into cloak-and-dagger, then simply ignore the name and concentrate on the smoke. It's earthy and leathery with sweet, concentrated undertones of raisins and cocoa. The draw is flawless, delivering a weighty, substantial smoke to the palate, which speaks to the cigar's excellent construction and fine tobacco. Working with the Plasencia family has many advantages, one of which being a vast library of tobacco to choose from. Black Market Estelí is a blend consisting of Nicaraguan wrapper, Nicaraguan filler and two binders: one from Honduras, the other from Nicaragua. Tasty as they are, all the tobaccos are of course, within legal U.S. compliance, even if you feel like you might be breaking the law.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 22, 2018 | Score: 93

A rich combination of savory and sweet, this oily torpedo is loaded with earthy, leathery notes balanced by undercurrents of raisin and cocoa. Delicious and satisfying.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale