So...my road humidor that I keep in my truck was running empty. As I was looking in one of my humidors at home, I had forgotten that I had a few Alec Bradley Overture Robustos resting at the bottom - I remembered that they had been in there since September 2012. I smoked one during the morning, and another during my commute home on this beautiful evening.
The Overture line is carried exclusively by Famous Smoke Shop and I had won a 5-pack sampler from their auction site (at a ridiculously low price at that). I've enjoyed the Black Market, Prensado, Tempus Maduro, and the Fine & Rare lines in the past. Knowing that Alec Bradley never disappoints, I bidded on the Overture blindly as I had never smoked them before.
This robusto is a beautiful stick - the wrapper is chocolate brown with no visible flaws, and very small veins. It was silky to the touch with very pretty sheen from its oils. The cigar has a pretty, gold regal band. It appeared to be well constructed with a double cap with nice suppleness to light pressure as I ran my fingers down down the cigar. The wrapper and the foot provided a light mocha-like aroma. The cold draw was somewhat tight after applying a guillotine cut - not much flavor picked up. It was very easy to light, and burned well throughout the smoke without any touch-ups.
The wrapper leaves some mild raisin-like sweetness on the lips and tongue. However, this medium- to full-bodied smoke provides very sharp flavor, with no smoothness or creaminess at all - starting with quite robust tobacco flavor sprinkled with notes of mocha, nutmeg, and cedar. About halfway through the smoke, these notes are lost, but then takes on a rather bold earthy and leathery tone that intensifies throughout to the finish. Very good cigar - I will definitely finish the sticks that are left in my humidor, and will likely bid on them again if available through the auction site.