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By Kevin Godbee
An often debated topic amongst cigar enthusiasts is how much flavor the wrapper leaf contributes to a cigar’s overall flavor profile.
You can ask 10 different people and get 10 different answers.

During my interview with Alan Rubin, the President of Alec Bradley Cigars, Alan once again demonstrated his excellent knowledge and experience. I was actually leading into a question about how the Maxx Connecticut was different from the original Maxx, and mentioned this frequently argued topic, and that I was NOT going to ask him about it since it is really a trick question. That however, lead to Alan telling me about a neat trick that we’ll call "The Wrapper Test". Check it out in the 1:50 minute video outtake below. We’ll have the discussion on the two versions of the Maxx in the main interview next week, and a brief discussion of the Maxx Cigar in the next outtake.

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By Kevin Godbee
Have you heard about the Alec Bradley "Fine & Rare" Cigar?
It is certainly aptly named, and I was lucky enough to get to smoke one during my interview with Alan Rubin. I smoked a Black Market first, which I love, and we just rated a 92 – (Black Market Cigar Review). Then Alan generously presented me with a Fine & Rare. As you can imagine, there are times when extraordinary crops of tobacco are harvested, and they are so special that they cannot be re-produced, hence they will not become an ongoing readily available and widely distributed product. Couple this with extremely fine tobaccos that only produced a small yield, and then you definitely have something rare and special.

The Fine & Rare has 10 different tobaccos in it. There is a wrapper, a double binder and 7 filler tobaccos. The rest of the story on the tobaccos is a closely guarded secret. There are only two rollers making the Fine & Rare. They are segregated away from the rest of the production and the standards for finished product are resolute.

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By Kevin Godbee
One of the really cool things about Alan Rubin, the President of Alec Bradley Cigars,
is that he doesn’t have the "Rock Star" Affliction that some people in the cigar industry seem to have. I’m not going to name names, but you might know what I’m talking about. Some guys act like they think they’re Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, or Eminem just because they work at a cigar company.

Here’s a secret they haven’t figured out – you are actually cooler when you don’t go overboard trying to act cool. During my interview with Alan, we had some very bright lights, almost right in his face. You can’t tell that from the video, but trust me, they were there.

I said to him; "I’m sorry about the bright lights, but that’s what happens when you’re a rock star." He immediately retorted; "I’m NOT a rock star. I have way more singles and doubles than homeruns, and that’s ok".

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