If you ask cigar insiders what they consider to be the best Alec Bradley release to date, we are fairly confident that most would tout the Tempus as the highlight of the Alec Bradley lineup.
The Alec Bradley Tempus was rated 94 by Cigar Insider as well as the Cigar Aficionado magazine (in the October 2008 issue).
Alec Bradley Tempus Rated #5 in Top 25 Cigars of 2017 by the Cigar Aficionado magazine.
Alan Rubin based the release on a unique tobacco used for the Honduran Criollo wrapper, a leaf he discovered in a little farm in Honduras, back in 2001. The leaves have been aging for a very long time which inspired Rubin to name the brand Tempus or TIME in Latin. The wrapper is very unique indeed, with a rich, dark brown hue, slightly reddish, silky to the touch, and oily to boot, the lead provides rich, dark chocolate notes mixes with a slight nutty aroma.
Rich in flavor and smooth in character, the blend consists of a combination of Corojo and Criollo filler from the Trojes region of Honduras, just north of the Nicaraguan border. Bradley’s Alan Rubin originally intended this blend for their Maxx brand, but was concerned with getting a consistent supply of the new tobaccos developed for the Tempus so he released it as a limited release instead.
Cigar Aficionado said, “After starting his tobacco career producing mild- to medium-bodied cigars, Alan Rubin, owner of Alec Bradley Cigars, decided to try his hand at a full-bodied smoke more than 10 years ago. The result was the Alec Bradley Tempus, a cigar made in Honduras with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco.
The main focus of the Tempus blend is the wrapper leaf, which Rubin procured from a farm in the Trojés region of Honduras. For Rubin, the wrapper went beyond any generic Honduran flavor profile and imparted a very particular, estate-specific taste. For those who know a Latin phrase or two, the word tempus is Latin for time, and that’s exactly what Rubin needed to perfect this blend. It took him years. When he finally finished the cigar, the strength surprised him, but he found that the blend elevated the wrapper, rather than overshadowed it.”