Alec Bradley Cigars
Alec Bradley Cigars Company has a philosophy, and that is to give the smoker an unforgettable experience, and that’s exactly what they do. These well known and highly rated cigars have been on Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list for many years running.
Alec Bradley was founded by Alan Rubin in 1996 after selling his father’s company, All Points Screw Co. Alan used the money he received from the sale to start his own business in the cigar industry. When coming up with a name, Alan remembered his father’s word of advice about picking a name that started in the beginning of the alphabet because it would be in the front of the phone book. So Alan decided to name his company Alec Bradley after his two sons. He started with the Bogey Stogies which he wanted to target to golfers.Read more
Alec Bradley is one of the most formidable cigar companies in the world with an array of impressive smokes in its wake. Founded by Alan Rubin, Alec Bradley’s story bears witness that hard work, passion, and sheer persistence is the key to success in any field.
A Short Introduction
What makes Alec Bradley a different story is the fact that Alan Rubin wasn’t born in a tobacco family. Even though this is not the only cigar company without a cigar history, the opposite is the case with many cigar conglomerates. Alan Rubin’s father (David Rubib), owned a nuts and bolts company named All Points Screw Company which Alan joined after completing university in 1983. In his 20s, he was introduced to cigars by his father’s friend which quickly sparked a passion for cigars. While working as a nuts and bolts guy, he took every opportunity to learn more about cigars.
Alan Rubin’s business knack became apparent when he decided to specialise in hurricane roof fasteners following the 1992 Hurricane Andrew. This venture earned All Points Screws a pretty sum. After selling All Points Screws Company in 1996, Alan jumped at the opportunity to begin a cigar company. He named it Alec Bradley after his own sons. The name was actually in consideration to something his father said; it’s a good idea to have a company name that begins with “A” because it appears first in the business directory or the Yellow Pages.
As a start, Alan Rubin imported and sold Bogey Cigars because he figured golfers will always want a smoke. Bogey’s Stogies did so-so especially because the cigar boom was coming to an end. Alan needed something sustainable.
In the year 2000 Alan met and formed a partnership with Ralph Montero. Ralph owned his own line of cigars but he was struggling too. Since he had been in the business longer, Ralph had the experience and connections Alan needed, so the partnership served both parties well. To survive the difficult times, Alec Bradley made flavoured cigars for a while before embarking on premium handmade smokes. Meanwhile an important introduction to Henke Kelner happened. Shortly after Occidental Reserve was born.
Rise To Success
Occidental Reserve was the first real success for Alec Bradley. They named it Occidental to honour “Henke” Kelner the blender and owner of Occidental Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic. Hendrik Kelner also works with big names like AVO and Davidoff.
After Occidental came Maxx, a larger gauge blend introduced in the early 2000s. Next was the Trilogy released in 2002. The soft triangle shaped cigars propelled Alec Bradley to the big leagues. Now Alec Bradley cigars were in stores across the world.
The unprecedented success of the Trilogy meant Alec Bradley could now experiment more. Tempus was the next cigar line born out of time, patience, and expertise. They used Trojes tobacco from the Jalapa Valley that grows on the Honduran side only. Tempus was the first Alec Bradley cigar to be crowned Cigar of the Year.
Now well into their element, Alec Bradley in 2011 came up with the Fine and Rare series featuring truly fine and rare blends. The Fine and Rare series came out the same year as American Classic and Black Market. At the same time, Prensado, a true game changer, debuted. The Churchill version of Prensado ended up being Cigar of the Year. Afterwards, another humidor mainstay, Project 40 was released.
Coyol, Medalist, Connecticut, American Sungrown, Family: The Lineage, Mundial, and Magic Toast are more of Alec Bradley’s portfolio.
Alec and Bradley, Alan Rubin’s sons also began to produce their own line of cigars under the Alec & Bradley name. Thus far they have released Blind Faith, GateKeeper and Kintsugi.
In 2007, Alec Bradley Cigars was facing debt and Alan knew that he needed to do something that would set them apart in the premium cigars industry. That is when he launched the Tempus cigar. The Tempus Cigar was really the turn-around for Alec Bradley, and they have had continued success launching many more highly rated cigars.
The Black Market was launched in 2011. This cigar is a blend of 4 countries - Jamastran, Honduras and Panamanian long-fillers, and the lively Sumatra binder and powerful Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. There are many flavors that greet your palate during the smoke. It is a very smooth and creamy smoke laced with notes of spice and pepper that finishes with a hint of sweetness. A great consistent cigar, these qualities are sure to make the Black Market cigar a finger burner.
The American Classic Blend delivers flavor and quality construction at a very affordable price that is not common in most value priced sticks. These Alec Bradley cigars feature Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobaccos that when combined with the wrapper and binder produce a balanced, rich and complex flavor with noticeable hints of cream and coffee that make it a smooth and creamy smoke.
The Prensado is their most full-bodied blend to date. The Prensado was rated 96 by Cigar Aficionado Magazine in 2011, and also received a rating of #1 cigar in the world. The Alec Bradley Prensado is an exquisite cigar with a reddish brown color that gives it a cubanesque look and feel to it. Tempus by AB - Only 20% of the cigar rollers at the factory are chosen to make the Tempus brand. All the cigars are rolled in the traditional Cuban style, tubing each filler tobacco and using a triple cap finished wrapper. The five popular Cuban sizes are packed in boxes of 20 cigars and now a new unique shape in Magistri. Enjoy one of 2008 highest rated cigars by Cigar Aficionados magazine the Centuria rated 94!
Baby Birth Cigars, whether it's a baby boy or baby girl, are a time-honored tradition for celebrating a birth announcement. These Premium It’s a Boy cigars and It’s a Girl cigars are made in Honduras and feature attractive blue or pink cigars bands with a beautifully designed blue or pink matching box that features a picture frame on top of the box so the happy parents can include a photograph of their little bundle of joy! The inside cover of the box also includes a space to enter the child's birth information (Name, Weight, Size, Place of birth, Time of Birth, and Day of the week). These baby birth cigar boxes are affordably priced gifts that make a great keepsake for the parents!
Live an unforgettable smoking experience with our wide selection of Alec Bradley cigars!
- Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Cigars
- Alec Bradley American Sungrown
- Alec Bradley Black Market Cigars
- Alec Bradley Connecticut
- Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper
- Alec Bradley MAXX Cigars
- Alec Bradley Project 40
- Alec Bradley Medalist
- Alec Bradley The Lineage Cigars
- Alec Bradley Mundial Cigars
- Alec Bradley Tempus Cigars
- Baby Birth Cigars
- Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua