Shipping to retailers only weeks before the final votes for Cigar of the Year were cast, Kintsugi debuted as the second of two Japanese-themed cigars from Alec & Bradley Cigars in 2020 (see: Uru Doshi). The cigar is named for the Japanese art form of the same name, where broken pottery is mended using metallic lacquers such as gold, silver, or platinum. This style seeks to highlight the imperfections of the pottery—rather than conceal them—making for unique works of art that tell the story of the piece at hand.
This style is logically carried throughout Kintsugi’s packaging, being (in our opinion) not only the most polished cigar to date from Alec & Bradley, but perhaps the most attractive overall presentation of any cigar in this year’s Top 10 list. Differing from last year’s Gatekeeper release, the Rubin brothers headed back to Honduras for Kintsugi’s production. Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos were chosen for both the filler and double binder, being topped with a leathery Honduran Habano wrapper from the country’s Trojes region (a go-to destination for parent company, Alec Bradley Cigar Co.). The result feels largely classic, yet having atypical flavor attributes strung throughout, such as maple, curry spice, and dried apricot.
- Wrapper: Honduran Habano
- Binder: Honduras | Nicaragua
- Filler: Honduras | Nicaragua
- Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L. (Honduras)
- Production: Regular Production
- Vitolas: 4
- Price: $7.25–$9.85 (MSRP)