Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Maxx “The Curve”

by Matthias Clock

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Every now and again the cigar smoker needs a change of pace. So, I decided to give the Alec Bradley Maxx “The Curve” a shot, and also give you a few thoughts on it. For this stick, reviewed on my back patio, I paired a steak dinner and a glass of medium-bodied red wine. And of course, some bossa nova and Spanish guitar music for the background.

Blend specifics:

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras
Size: 7 x 58

Appearance & Construction

This cigar features a dark, chocolate brown wrapper. Off the foot are notes of caramel, granola, mulch, and a faint spice. The stick is packed well, and is a bit intimidating in size. I’m looking forward to some pretty cool smoke though considering the ring gauge.

Flavor & Smoke Characteristics

The first third of this cigar is pretty interesting. It opens with what I can only describe as forest berries, granola, and roasted nuts. In my mind, that granola taste is really the signature of a lot of Alec Bradley cigars, though this one is a good deal sweeter and smoother than the Prensado.

In the second third, the stick adds coffee and chocolate to the mix. Pretty enjoyable, though even with the array of flavors, still somehow seems a bit one-dimensional to me.


For me, the ring gauge on this cigar is just a bit too big, and it wasn’t quite complex enough for my tastes, though I am the first to admit that perhaps my palate just isn’t advanced enough to pick up the complexity. If you like the signature Alec Bradley taste though, this stick is really smooth and you’d probably enjoy it.

Final grade: B

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Matthias Clock

Matthias founded Fine Tobacco NYC in 2010. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he enjoys spending his spare time discussing politics, playing the guitar and piano, teaching Argentine tango, and organizing New York's cigar events. Matthias discovered and fell in love with cigars in 2007.

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  • cigarshaman

    Like the review, Matthias! I had one a long time ago, and was not that impressed. That could have been from the Cabernet that I was drinking though. I will have to revisit!

    • Matthias

      Very possible. I was drinking a Cabernet as well. I’m not sure I’d really spend too much time on this cigar, honestly. The ring gauge is big enough to be gimmicky in my mind.

      • cigarshaman

        HA! So True. There seems to be a lot of that going around. I notice that the Binder/Wrapper tastes are being nudged out with so much filler. But that goes with the mood – thinner smoke for the smoke’s sake, or more filler as a mix with another ingested partner.

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