Russ Ouellette
Alec Bradley has a history of thinking outside the box.
All you have to do is to look at the Trilogy cigars they used to make; after all, how many stogies are a triangular box-press? So, when the trend started toward larger ring gauges, they decided to pull out all the stops and make an entire line of behemoths. There are six shapes in the Maxx series, starting with a 4 x 46, going to ring gauges up to 60 and lengths as long as 9 1/4 inches.

For my foray into these Honduran-made beasts, I tried The Freak, a 6 38thsinch long stick with a 60 ring. The cigar is firm to the touch and is wrapped with a Nicaraguan Habano leaf of a deep coffee-brown hue, and glistening with oil. The pre-light aroma is earthy, and the draw is easy with just enough resistance and some wood and earth flavors before lighting up.

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