Alec Bradley Sanctum
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Honduras
Cigar Strength: Full-Bodied
This beauty was overseen and blended by one of my oldest friends in the cigar industry, Ralph Montero, Exexutive Vice President of Alec Bradley. The cigars are being manufactured in the famed Plasencia factory in Honduras.
Sanctum takes Alec Bradley into new, uncharted territory as Sanctum is different than anything they've made before. This is a true, full-bodied smoke with rich spice and an almost barbecue-like smokiness. The finish is bold and earthy. You really know you're smoking a cigar.
Sanctum features tobacco from three countries. Colombian Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers are covered in a Costa Rican binder and finished in Honduran Corojo wrapper. The combination of the Costa Rican binder and Corojo (my favorite) wrapper give this cigar its added depth and power. The packing is solid and very firm with superb construction and perfect burning qualities. The draw is perfect; not too loose and not too tight, just right!
(For fans of large cigars, the Double Gordo stands out as a great smoke and a fairly unique size; 8 1/2" x 60 ring.)