Tempus, translated from Latin means “Time”. When you talk about fine cigars, spirits, and wine – time is what makes the best products. Let it age and the flavors will get better. So is the case of the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua introduced at the 2105 IPCPR in New Orleans. Not only does it take time to create a fine cigar, but it takes time to enjoy it, so take some time and enjoy.
The Alec Bradley website succinctly describes this cigar as:
Tempus Nicaragua is handmade with premium tobacco in the same class as our ‘94’ rated Tempus. A choice Jalapa wrapper surrounds long fillers—both Ligero & Viso—from the world-renowned growing regions of Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa.
The company describes the blend as:
- Wrapper – Nicaragua
- Binder – Nicaragua (Double binders)
- Filler – Nicaragua (3 growing regions)
The Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua is available in 5 vitolas and come packaged in 20-count boxes. They retail between $7.00 and $9.25 per cigar. I like the names of each, and had to do a quick Latin translation to define their meaning which you can see below:
- Terra Novo (New Land) 5 x 50
- Medius (Medium) 6 x 52
- Centuria (Century) 7 x 49
- Imperator (Commander) 6 1/8 x 52
- Magnus (Great) 6 x 60
For this review I sampled the Terra Novo (New Land) vitola which was the cigar I received at the Smoke Inn Great Smoke 2017.
Cigar Review Notes
- Dark brown, slightly rough, wrapper
- Well packed and solid to the touch
- Finished with a a well applied triple cap
- Primary and Secondary bands – the footer declares it as the Nicaragua variety
- Spicy aroma on barrel
- Cold draw is tight with a barnyard and wet hay flavor
- Deep rich coffee and fruit to start with some pepper on the nose
- Draw is nicely restricted producing a medium body of smoke
- Butter notes enter early
- Light grey ash rests on a decent burn line and well centered burn cone
- Bright citrus tang coming in near end of first third – making me smack my lips
- Draw opens up
- Butternut enters in the second third
- Sweet nougat enters before the band
- Moving into the final third smoke is silky smooth – easy on the nose
- Sweetness builds morphing into a syrupy note at the end
- Total Smoking Time – One hour and twenty minutes down to the nub!
Overall, the Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua was a delight to smoke. The flavors were not complex but offered a profile most any cigar lover would enjoy. So take some time and enjoy an Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua!