Seven years ago, founder of Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Alan Rubin had a vision to make the most complex cigar the world has ever seen. The term ‘complexity’ in cigars typically describes flavor, but Rubin wanted it to also describe the intricacies and complications of blending a cigar that would be named “Fine & Rare”.
Rubin then went on to take ten different tobaccos to create the first Fine & Rare blend in 2011. Since then, cigar enthusiasts look forward to the annual Limited Edition release. 2018 sees the second release of the Fine & Rare blend JRS10 = (86) in a 6 ½” x 56 Ring Gauge Parejo.
“Fine & Rare is an ever evolving project,” Rubin said. “It is a concept more than a cigar. Fine & Rare has been a Double Figurado, it has been a Torpedo and a Parejo. From iteration to iteration we play with different tobaccos and different crop years to create a 10 leaf masterpiece. Having learned early on in my career that you must listen to the tobacco and let it tell you when it’s ready; I always need to allow the combination of select leaves to dictate the size of Fine & Rare in any given year. For 2018 the only thing I heard was: ‘JRS10 = (86) Gran Toro’. The tobaccos have married incredibly. The blend is where it needs to be. I am very excited for this release!”
Officially releasing on October 24, the production of Fine & Rare JRS10 = (86) is only entrusted to a single duet of master rollers. The 6 ½” x 56 Ring Gauge Gran Toro features a wrapper from Trojes in Honduras over select and proprietary tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras. Only 2500 ten-count boxes were produced for global distribution and are exclusive to Appointed Tobacconists. US SRP has been set at $21.90 per cigar before any applicable taxes.
“Fine & Rare is for enthusiasts to experience and enjoy,” Rubin continued, “the blend is well balanced and showcases the different levels of flavor that every leaf in the cigar offers.” Fine & Rare is manufactured at the acclaimed Raices Cubanas Factory in Danlí, Honduras.
Alec Bradley Fine & Rare JRS10 = (86)
Origin: Honduras, Raices Cubanas
Wrapper: Trojes, Honduras
Vitola: 6 1/2 x 56
MSRP: USD 21.90
Limited to: 1500 boxes of 10 cigars