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Cigar Stats


Size: 7 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Sumatra
Filler: Panamanian and Honduran
Drink: Go Green by Ricka Rivers found on Instagram as ms_ricka1022 or on Face Book https://www.facebook.com/rickarivers?fref=ts
Smoke time: 1 hour
Price: 6.75


When I first heard of the Black Market, it conjured up the image of having to search far and wide for something rare which one cannot buy legally. The Black Market does a lot to portray this image, coming packaged in a box which could pass for a crate of grenades. The Black Market is manufactured by Nestor Plasencia in his Danli, Honduras factory; “Tabacos de Oriente”.

The Pre-Smoke: The wrapper of the Black Market is somewhat akin to dark chocolate. The Jalapa valley tobacco is beautiful, almost no veins, and cured to perfection. There is a very large band of sorts, more than just a wrapper, which goes from the foot to about 3/4 of the way up cigar. It has the Alec Bradley’s logo and the words, “Black Market” on it. Once your remove this, there is a second band which is very small and only says “Alec Bradley” and below it “Black Market”. I have to say Alan Rubin is a genius with his cigar design.

The Burn

The wrapper of the Black Market has a scent of cocoa, coffee, mineral, and some hay. The foot has the same cocoa and coffee notes, but much richer. On the cold draw there are flavors of espresso, cocoa, and hay. I had no issues like re-lighting this cigar; it was virtually perfect, and the smooth taste went great with my drink for the day.

The Flavor

The Alec Bradley Black Market opens up with some rich cocoa and coffee flavors. The draw is excellent, easy, but full, with very rich flavors, and the burn starts off razor sharp. During this third of the cigar, the flavor is slightly sweet with notes of coffee, cocoa, spice, and a slight bit of fruity flavors. The ash holds tight, but only to about 3/4 of an inch at this point.

During the second third, the espresso flavors really amp up a lot and pair wonderfully with a light berry undertone. There are also notes of cocoa, spice, and a light mineral taste as well. The burn remains razor sharp, and the draw improves to a nice full body. The strength sits right around medium with a light buzz setting in early on, but certainly nothing you would need a meal with.

Into the final third, the espresso is still building up, and the cocoa flavors shift to dark chocolate. There is a wonderful light bitter flavor from these two notes, which combines very well. There is still the note of fruit, mostly berry, but now a light cherry. The flavor is rich and delicious. The ash starts to hold better at this point, to just over the inch mark. The cigar smokes cool to the nub with the same flavors. Since some of my favorite fruits are cherries and berries, my palate was in heaven. I loved every moment of this cigar

The Verdict

The Black Market ties with the Tempus as my favorite offering from Alec Bradley. It is an excellent offering, delicious, with a great body to it. I’m glad that this is one of the first reviews that include video so you can see my enjoyment in this cigar. This is just a great stick which any smoker could appreciate.

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My Rating for this Cigar:

Overall:  4 ½ out of Stars

Appearance:  4 ½ out of Stars

Construction:  4 ½ out of Stars

Flavor: 4 ½ out of Stars

Value:  4 ½ out of Stars               


Written by: David McCoy

Edited by: M. Kristjan Peterson