When David Bowie sang…. “This is Major Tom to Ground Control. I’m stepping through the door. And I’m floating in a most peculiar way. And the stars look very different today. For here, am I floating round my tin can. Far above the world. Planet Earth is blue. And there’s nothing I can do”. Who knew he might be singing about cigars?
Today I’m smoking the new Alec Bradley Mundial (moon-de-al), which is a unique “punta lanza” shaped cigar and features Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobacco, as well as a double binder, finished off with a Honduran Trojes wrapper. Yes, the crazy SOB’s at Alec Bradley sent a payload of these cigars into space! Why? Because they wanted to, that’s why! 🙂 (see the video at the bottom of the review, it’s pretty interesting).
The Mundial has a clean, earthy smell to it with a touch of mint, which quickly perks my interest in firing this up. It feels firm in my hand and I can tell already that it features excellent construction. As I cut, toast, and light the cigar, I am greeted with a perfect draw and a strong blast of white pepper. I was shocked at how long the finish is on this cigar, you can still taste that powerful white pepper ZING several minutes after each draw.
The Mundial features the same wrapper as the popular Prensado, yet it sports dramatically more strength. This is a strong cigar. The filler is clearly heavy on the ligero and I’m fairly certain that even the most seasoned cigar smoker will notice the power of the Munidal. There is a warm nuttiness to the flavor but each taste is somewhat dominated by the “punch of power” and peppery zing on the finish.
Quality construction is overwhelmingly evident on this Alec Bradley effort. The Mundial burns slow, even, and emits plenty of satisfying smoke. Only once or twice did the Mundial burn the slightest bit uneven, yet it quickly auto-corrected itself. As I worked my way slowly down the Mundial, the white pepper flavor did mellow just a bit, which was nice and it allowed me to pick up a note of black licorice. I must admit this was one of the more unique cigars I have smoked in some time and maybe it’s that uniqueness that Alec Bradley wanted to highlight by sending it into space.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
While I have never been a huge fan of black licorice, the Mundial’s subtle anise flavor didn’t distract me at all from enjoying this cigar. There is no doubt this was one of the better constructed cigars I have test-drove in some time. Therefore, based on the quality construction and the unique and powerful flavors, I would smoke this cigar again; but I would do it after a large meal to prepare myself for the power that this cigar has to offer.
- Full flavor
- Excellent construction
- Black licorice
- Lacks direction