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I don't often put a lot of stock into the cigar reviews by companies who get paid by the companies they're supposedly reviewing, but today, I thought, "what the heck" and grabbed one of Cigar Aficionado's top cigars of 2018.

Today I'm smoking the Black Market Esteli Toro by Alec Bradley. Let's see if it's worth its weight in tobacco!

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Initial Thoughts:

I don't put a lot of stock in the cigar reviews of companies that get too much of their revenue from the same companies whose products they're reviewing. That said, when I saw the Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Toro at my local lounge, I thought to myself, "Hey, why not!?"

After taking off the labels for this cigar, one of the first things I noticed was how good the Black Market Esteli smelled. Even before lighting it, the Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Toro had an amazing, rich, delicious aroma. From the first puff, I could taste the wonderful Nicaraguan tobacco, and I can already tell I'm going to enjoy this cigar a lot.

Brand: Alec Bradley
Line: Black Market, Esteli
Size: 6 x 52
Cut: Guillotine
Light: Torch
Price: $10
Smoked On: June 2, 2019
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Final Thoughts:

Even though the temperature dropped about twenty degrees and some serious rain threatened to drown me out, I didn't want to stop smoking the Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli. I really enjoyed this cigar. The burn was good, the flavors were good, and I could tell the cigar was really well made.

However, in the second half, some of the nice, sweet flavors gave way to some bitterness that I did not enjoy. Had the flavors remained 100% delicious through the entire cigar, the Black Market would have gotten a CigarScore of 5, but they didn't. Since I was ultimately let down by the deterioration of the amazing flavor-bombs, the Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli earns a (high) CigarScore of 4, and I would absolutely smoke it again.

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