Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we re-assess the first release from 2013 of the Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan. This was a cigar we assessed back in March, 2013.
|Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan First Edition|
Recently, Alec Bradley Cigars released the second edition of the Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan. This is a cigar that was originally released in 2013 and is a candela wrapped cigar based on the original Alec Bradley Black Market blend. For the Filthy Hooligan Second Edition, this is the same blend as the First Edition, but the candela wrapper has an extra age on it. At this point, we decided to revisit a first edition of the Filthy Hooligan from 2013 and see what nearly 11 months of age in the Cigar Coop humidor would do.
In addition to a candela wrapper, the Filthy Hooligan features a double binder of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler features Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Panamanian tobacco. The Panamanian tobacco is a staple to the whole Black Market line. The Filthy Hooligan is available in one size – a 6 x 50 toro sold in boxes of 22. It features a similar band and wrapping to the core Black Market line, but with an Irish theme.
|Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan First Edition
For the most part, I found a similar profile to the Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan to when it was first smoked 11 months ago. It still provides notes of cream, pepper, grass, and hay. I still found some notes of citrus, but the citrus notes were more subtle – inferring that the cigar has aged nicely in my book. Like the smoke 11 months ago, there was somewhat of a peppery kick in the second half. I still found the strength to be medium and the body to mostly be medium to full.
From a construction standpoint, I found a much better burn than I did in 2013 as it required little maintenance. The draw remained outstanding as well.
In 2013, the Filthy Hooligan scored this cigar a 90. In 2014, the cigar remains a 90, but this is more because of the scoring formula in 2014. In the end this is a very nice cigar – and one worthy of a box split.
Click here for the original assessment of the Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan First Edition.
Body: Medium to Start Medium to Full (Remainder)
Assessment: 3.5 – Box Split
Original Assessment: Nice to Have
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