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Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

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Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock

 

 

 

For the sixth year running, Alec Bradley is releasing its annual Black Market Filthy Hooligan cigars, a yearly project made to coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day.

Alec Bradley has introduced an even more limited version of Filthy Hooligan that combines three leaves for the cigar’s wrapper creating a barber pole.

This cigar is called the Shamrock, making use of a Honduran candela leaf, Habano maduro, and Habano seco this three-piece wrapper is secured over an undisclosed filler blend.

Both the Black Market Filthy Hooligan and Shamrock cigars are rolled in the same format at 6 x 50 Toro.

The Shamrock is much more limited, with only 500 boxes of 10 cigars being produced for 2019.

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

Colors of green Candela, dark chocolate Habano Maduro and a light shade of Habano seco comprise the barber pole design.

All three wrappers were grown in Honduras.

At 6 x 50 it’s rolled in the Toro format showing heavy seam from the wrappers, with tooth and vein.

The vitola has a circular rounded foot with rough looking rounded cap.

One large matte white band decked out in St Patty’s day colors of green sit on the vitola.

A large three leafed clover with the words “ALEC BRADLEY” in black font on a yellow ribboned background.

Above reads “SHAMROCK” in Celtic font with “FILTHY HOOLIGAN” in white on a light green background with gold and green accents rounding out the motif.

Pre-light aroma had notes of chocolate, vanilla bean, cedar and malt.

The cold draw produced flavors of leather, earth, citrus and grassy notes.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of grassy char and cedar off the toasted foot. Initial first light flavors of cedar char, and leather spice.

When the blend settles in the Shamrock produced flavors of earth and creamy leather with a note of citrus.

The candela off the barber pole wrapper is dominant with identifiable flavors of creamy grass and hay.

The grassy notes are similar to a raw wheat grass shot from Jamba Juice.

The spicy element is in the form of alternating black and white pepper at straight MED.

The blend is balanced thus far with all aforementioned flavors blending in perfect concert producing a unique flavor profile.

If I were pairing this with something and I eventually will, my first choice would undoubtedly be a thick oatmeal type stout.

Unfortunately, that’s going be sidelined until work is complete for the current review.

The retro-hale is producing an intense sting of wasabi through the nose evolving into flavors of citrus.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half core flavors of earth, creamy leather and assorted roasted nuts are up front and on point.

The candela on the wrapper has taken a back seat to an appearance of dark chocolate, rich woody cedar and coffee.

The spicy element has lost quite a bit of strength morphing into light black pepper identifiable on every draw.

The retro-hale has transitioned to a sting of FULL white pepper evolving into a long finish of chocolate with a note of citrus.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third are consistent flavors of creamy leather, earth and roasted nuts.

Transitioning flavors of the barber pole have turned back to creamy grass and mild hay from the candela wrapper.

Coffee and chocolate remain consistent in the background profile with mild doses balancing white pepper keeping the vitola MED bodied.

A sting of white pepper has remained consistent on the retro-hale at a level of FULL with a long finish of chocolate and citrus.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: The problem I ran into was the wrappers on the barber pole. Most notable was the thin strip of candela that seemed to separate and crack especially with the removal of the oversized band. All three examples smoked for review had heavy seam, tooth and vein.

 

• BURN: The burn lime produced runners at first light but self corrected in the second half. At times the burn was independent on the individual wrappers creating a jagged appearance with a circular black carbon line. Combustion was consistent.

 

• ASH: A large salt and pepper colored ash held an inch-plus and tapped off with ease.

 

• CUT: A large V-cut was used on the rough looking cap on all examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: Wide open with an abundance of creamy white smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: A few touch-ups were used to keep the wrappers consistent with combustion.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED bodied wheelhouse.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan has spawned a sidekick this year called the Shamrock.

The triple toned barber pole has a unique profile of transitioning wrapper flavors throughout the three smoking stages.

Earth, creamy leather and roasted nuts were up front and on point with an influence of triple wrapped flavors.

Habano Maduro and Habano seco produced coffee and chocolate with creamy grass and hay off the Candela for a balanced MED bodied offering from Alec Bradley.

 

 

 

 


Cigar Reviewed: Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3 

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 6 x 50 Toro

Wrapper: Candela, Habano Maduro, Habano Seco

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Undisclosed

Production: 500 boxes of 10, 5,000 cigars total

Country of origin: Honduras 

Factory: Tabacos de Oriente S.A. factory in Honduras

News source: Alec Bradley press release

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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