Archive for the ‘Alec Bradley’ Category

Alec Bradley Project 40 Cigars

Monday, March 16th, 2020
Alec Bradley Project 40 cigars were created with the purpose of providing a modestly priced line of premium cigars that don’t cut corners on quality and taste.

How to Throw the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Herf

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Herfs involve alcohol and fun times, so having one on St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect fit. Here is how you can throw the perfect Herf for St. Patricks Day.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
When you light up the Lost Art, it uses a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan premium filler and binder tobaccos, while cloaked in a Honduran Corojo wrapper. 

Our Holiday Herfers Sampler – A Wonderful Gift Idea!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Released just in time for the upcoming holidays, our Holiday Herfers Sampler is filled to the brim with 15 premium cigars from some of the biggest names

Alec Bradley Classic Series Cigars – A Hot New JR Exclusive!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Founded in 1996 by Alan Rubin, the Alec Bradley Cigar Company, named after Alan’s two children, has been diligently catering to fans of boutique-style smokes

Top-Quality MoyaRuiz Cigars

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

MoyaRuiz Cigars are the product of Danny Moya, Erik Espinoza, and Nelson Ruiz, three exceptional master blenders who craft their premium cigars at Espinosa’s prestigious La Zona Factory in Estelí Nicaragua. Every MoyaRuiz cigar that is made in the La Zona factory is handcrafted in the traditional Cuban way called “entubado”, a process where the long filler tobacco leaves are rolled one by one into tubes rather than bunched, which allows for maximum airflow and a perfect draw. This dynamic trio has created several top- rated lines starting with the Jugado series that is featured in three exquisite blends.

The MoyaRuiz Jugado Habano is a bold Nicaraguan smoke that comes dressed in a rich Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over well-aged Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. This beautifully constructed vitola is well packed and serves up a complex bounty of almonds, cocoa, and caramel flavors, while hints of pepper and tangy spice remain in the background.

Maduro fans will simply love the dark and delicious La Jugada Prieto! This medium to full bodied blend features the classic Mexican San Andres wrapper over finely aged Nicaraguan binder and long fillers. Cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of cinnamon, and toasted almond flavors highlight this ebony masterpiece.

La Jugada Nunchuck is quite the odd bird! Designed to look like a set of nunchucks, the dual cigars are conjoined by a thin strand of tobacco designed to be easily pulled apart when ready to smoke. The Nunchuck contains Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves nestled inside a dark, oily, Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper. Just like its namesake, these beauties really pack a wallop!  A boatload of chocolate, pepper, and sweet spice flavors are delivered with a bold, in your face, full-bodied strength profile Sold in boxes of 10, this cigar is tailor made for the adventurous smoker with a well-seasoned palate.

The Rake is a delicious premium cigar that sports a near black Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a high-octane blend of four ligero leaves from Nicaragua. Packed with rich, Cuban-style flavor, these gems, available in four popular big-ring sizes, deliver hearty notes of pepper, dark roast coffee, spice, and hints of sweet fruit.

One of the latest additions to the MoyaRuiz portfolio, the DimMak uses an Ecuador Habano wrapper, dual binders from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and aged long fillers also from these two countries to achieve its highly complex, medium to full bodied profile. This Asian and martial arts themed brand come presented in a handsome dress box featuring 10 stunning 5.00 x 54 Robusto Extra cigars. Expect a top-quality smoke oozing with mouthwatering flavors of leather, coffee, and earth, nuanced with a plethora of exotic spices that will keep your taste buds hopping!

Whichever MoyaRuiz blend that you choose, you will be rewarded with a wonderfully unique, luxury cigar smoking experience that is a testament to the outstanding cigar making skills of these three  industry legends.


Introducing the Premium Handmade Alec Bradley New York Cigars

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Alec Bradley, one of the most iconic names in premium handmade cigars, gives a nod to the “city that never sleeps” with their exciting lineup of New York cigars. First launched in 2010, the concept behind this brand was to create a cigar specifically for brick and mortar retailers in the State of New York. Given New York has been walloped with very high tobacco taxes; the idea of the Alec Bradley New York was to give these retailers a special cigar with an affordable price to attract consumers. After realizing that the New York line was wildly popular with local cigar aficionados, the brand was made available to smokers everywhere. Hand rolled in Bradley’s famous factory in Honduras; the cigars feature a vintage Criollo ’98 wrapper and binder paired with an intricate blend of aged Nicaraguan and Honduran long fillers. This stunning wrapper covering the Alec Bradley New York is clay red-colored in color and boasts very tight seams and a nice oily patina.

In keeping with the “Big Apple” theme, these top-notch parejo’s come with gorgeous, gold-trimmed bands adorned with a striking drawing of the Empire State Building. And, to further capture the essence of the “Empire State” the cigars are fittingly named Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and of course Manhattan.

The start to the Alec Bradley New York yields heavy white pepper and dark peppery spice tones. As the stick begins to break in, lush notes of earth, cedar, toasted almonds, some fruitiness, and a lush creamy finish, remain for the duration of the smoke. The draw to the Alec Bradley New York is effortless, and the construction is pristine. From a strength perspective, the premium handmade Alec Bradley New York cigars are medium to full bodied, yet smooth on the palate, making it a top-choice for veteran enthusiasts, or newcomers looking to move up in strength. Cigar enthusiasts of all experience levels will also appreciate the total package that these reasonably priced bundled cigars brings to the (rolling) table.

Whether you are a tried and true New Yorker or an out-of-state cigar aficionado, this well- balanced luxury smoke from Alec Bradley is one that you simply must experience.

Day 2 at the 2017 IPCPR – Alec Bradley

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
We got started today by sitting with the famed Alan Rueben of Alec Bradley and his two sons Alec and Bradley. We spoke of many things but I was too distracted by the delicious Prensado Lost Art to really pay attention!
…stay tuned for more to come!


Give Ireland Back To The Irish… Please! by Steve Nathan

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

So, Sunday was St. Patrick’s day. Oh, what a glorious day for the Irish! As the saying goes, there are only two kinds of people in the world: the Irish and those with healthy livers.


Alright, calm down! I was only kidding; some of my best friends are Irish and not all of them are drunks. In fact, one of them only drinks a case of beer on the weekends. Sheesh, everybody is so politically correct these days!


And why the hell would you Tri-Staters want to spend the day in the Big Apple, crowded in like a herd of cattle stuffed behind police lines, watching the big parade and then navigating past the throngs of pimply white kids in green plastic hats puking up cheap whiskey all over Times Square to get back to your car or train?


The good folks in “Nawf Carolina,” where everyone has a friend named Bubba and even toddlers know how to drive

Filthy Hooligan Display

tractors, had a much more relaxing day at the World’s Largest Cigar Store because right here at good old J•R Cigars in the heart of County Alamance, from March 6 until St.Puketricks Day, March 17, we featured a fantastic deal on the Alec Bradley Cigar Company’s brand-new, limited-edition candela-wrapped Filthy Hooligan cigar, which is made with the same well-aged multination blend and double binder used in the extremely popular Black Market line.


This 6.00 x 50 cigar is finished with super-lush, super-green candela leaf straight from the renowned Plasencia farms in Nicaragua, which is just a short 5,034 miles from Dublin, Ireland! And with any purchase of these great cigars, we gave away all kinds of cool stuff like bottle openers, cutters, t-shirts, mugs, Irish hookers and lime -green Rascal scooters for our elderly clientele (actually, I’m not sure about the hookers and scooters; maybe I made that part up).


But for all of you that chose salty corned beef and green beer over a trip to J•R, not to worry; we still have plenty of these Filthy Hooligan cigars in stock sans holiday swag. And whatever you think about candela (green) cigars (and I’m sure it somehow correlates to the taste of raw lettuce or lawnmower clippings), I ask that you give these a try. The nice folks at Alec Bradley have put the long-forgotten green stick (again I use that stupid word) back on the map with these yummy smokes! You will be amazed at how good these cigars taste. And trust me, they had to put a gun to my head to smoke one!


Enough of the shameless advertising, you say? Well, guys, this is a J•R blog, for Chrissakes! We gotta pay the bills, you know!


Big Italian Nick

On a more serious note: Being a swarthy curmudgeon of Russian descent, I feel no real connection to this festive Irish holiday. The extent of my celebration was having a green bagel with my coffee on Sunday morning. But the same cannot be said for some of my coworkers who showed up on Friday in their pseudo St. Patty’s day attire. Say hello to J•R’s “Big Italian Nick”! Top o’ the mornin’ to ya and… fuhgeddaboudit!


Well, that’s it for now, and I would like to personally thank all of you that called in sick today with a mysterious virus bought on by a shitload of green beer and Irish whiskey; I made it to work this morning in record time! In fact, the roads were so clear that the toll collector at the Turnpike was reading War and Peace when I pulled up!

Feel the Warmth From My Cigar by Tommy Zman

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Okay, every one of you guys know by now what an incessant whiner I am when it comes to the weather – especially the miserable winter months where smoking outside is a great discomfort and my weekly cigar intake drops dramatically. But this winter here in the north east has definitely been on the milder side with almost no snow to even speak of. And while that pretty much sucks for ski resorts, guys who plow, and the hardware store that is stuck with fifty full pallets of ice melting pellets, it sure as hell is a relief from shoveling that white crap, and worse yet, driving in it. And with a daughter on the roads and a son who gets his license in 10 days, trust me when I say that I don’t miss that stuff for a second.

Picture 4But as I sit here on my patio perfecting the hunt & peck typing method to a tee, it is 68 degrees here in early March, probably about twenty degrees warmer than the norm, and again, I am not minding it one damned bit! And just who is keeping me company while I write this weekly missive, but a thoroughly delicious Alec Bradley Tempus, a stick that resides on the fuller bodied side, and is enjoying being in the great outdoors every bit as much as I am.

For you BOTL’s in the south and all year warm weather places, you are most envied by us four honeybadger1season dwellers, and please know that it does get a bit tiring hearing you guys tell us, “why don’t you just move” – like hey, why didn’t I think of that – wow, guess I don’t really need this big red Staples EASY button. But right now most of us in the upper US regions are enjoying the hell out of this unusual weather, and enjoying a good cigar outside goes right along with the territory. Normally, right about now I’m going stir crazy, bound inside the house, jonesing like a mutha for a hand rolled happy stick. But thankfully Mother Nature has put the jonesing on hold, and for that I seriously want to take a brief moment to thank the old gal. And I say “brief” moment because anyone who has spent their life in the north knows that three-feet of the frozen white stuff can drop from the sky a couple of days from now, giving us that, “and you thought it was almost springtime” blizzard from hell. Much like the famed Honey Badger, Mother Nature don’t give a shit.

SanCristobalOkay, I think I’ve pretty much got all I can out of this AB Tempus, and good thing I thought ahead and brought along this dark-ass San Cristobal to help me finish out this bloggy. Man, another seriously impressive flavor bomb from the JR collection of finely aged premium tobacco products. I may have never been a boy scout, but when it comes to cigar smoking, this paunchy Polack is ALWAYS prepared! You know, I really do have a rough life writing this cigar love-fest, day in and day out. It’s hard work being a cigar blogger and I want you to know that I give my all for you guys, continually smoking the best stogies all for the purpose of your much needed entertainment. Pretty soon the wife and boy will be home and I’ll toss some charred carcass on the Weber, probably sneaking in a short robusto, all while planning on what cigar to smoke with my single malt night-cap. Damn people, I am friggin exhausted just typing those thoughts!

It’s this unusual warmth that has me in such a good mood while the neighbors drive by and wonder things like, “when is that moron going to get himself a “real” job (much like my loving wife thinks on a daily basis.) But I know that YOU guys appreciate the blood and sweat I’m spilling onto my laptop as this Pepin made Nicaraguan encourages me to keep on giving all that I’ve got. I know my purpose, and I’m proud to serve you all.

Well, I just looked and it’ll be 35 degrees here tomorrow morning. I knew that little tease Momma Nature couldn’t keep this up for more than a couple of days. But right now, I’m gonna get all metaphysical and stay in the present while I thank the Big Guy above for giving me the strength and courage to continue on doing what I do for YOU people.

You know… I think there’s a couple of icy cold bottles of Stout in the fridge. I give and I give…

Stay Smoky My friends,


JR Cigars Blog with the Zman

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