The King David is a Mike’s Cigars exclusive from the popular brand, Alec Bradley, and is produced at their factory in Honduras.
Alec Bradley King David Breakdown
- Wrapper: Connecticut
- Binder: Sumatra
- Filler: Honduran/Nicaruagan
- Factory: Raíces Cubanas (Honduras)
- Production: Shop exclusive (Mike’s Cigars)
- Vitola: Gran Robusto 5″ x 55
- Price: $7.85 ($25 for 5-pack)
Shop exclusives are a neat way to try new and different cigars, given that this particular blend and brand will be different from the main lines of a company. This allows you to try new and unique cigars from brands you might already love. That being said, shop exclusives can be hit or miss. After the success of the Primer Lotte from Romeo y Julieta and Mike Cigars, I was happy to try the King David.
The King David has a light, cream colored Connecticut wrapper and a large band with an old stylistic painting of King David. The aroma is of hay and grass. There is a light draw which produces plenty of smoke. My first impression is of a spicy, nutty tobacco with creamy and dry smoke. On each puff, I noticed a slight, under-aged bitterness that became more prominent in the final third. For most of the cigar, the bitterness was subtle, but by the end it was all I could taste. The burn was perfect, with a sharp, dark burn line that required no touch-ups.
This would be the perfect morning smoke with your paper and a cup o’ joe. It is mild to medium, at most, in both body and strength (interestingly, the cigar is described as full-strength on their webpage), and the flavors are fairly consistent throughout. However, at close to $8 per stick, it’s slightly over-priced, it’s a much better bargain to buy the 5-pack at $25.
Pros: Mild, complex flavors – razor sharp burn – great smoke output.
Cons: A consistent bitter after bite – slightly over-priced.
Would I smoke this again?
Probably not. I’m not a big Connecticut fan and the bitterness was too much for me. But possibly, early on a summer morning with all day to relax, this could be a way to start the day.