The cigar is very firm in hand and has wonderful aromas to it. I love when cigars have aromas of leather, barnyard, earth and spice. To me, those are the best four aromas I can get from a cigar, and I know that a smoke is going to be flavorful when I pick those out. After lighting the cigar up, and getting a little into the first third, the flavors are really pleasant. I am picking up coffee beans, rich earth, sweet tobacco, spices and nuts. The flavors are incredibly strong and complex, and they pair well with this medium-full bodied cigar. The burn is absolutely perfect, and I am getting tons of smoke and blowing smoke ring after smoke ring. I am enjoying this cigar outside, and it is a pretty humid, so that might play a factor in the cigar, but it might not.
The second third is very exotic giving off lots of eastern spices up front, but it finishes with hints of cocoa, almonds, walnuts and espresso beans. The flavors have definitely magnified in the second third of the cigar but the body is still medium-full. If I were being broad, I would say the flavors remained constant, but since I am paying a lot of attention to the flavors on my palate, I can really pick up flavors here and there. There are tons of spices, and I would almost say it has hints of allspice, cloves, cinnamon, chilies, cloves and pepper. When I get into the final third, I know that the cigar is coming to a close, and I really don't want it to. The flavors have been incredible and the strength just perfect for me. This is an ideal cigar for me, and is great anytime of the day. The flavors show a lot of rich earth and coffee beans up front, but it has a nice nutty spice finish that remains on your palate for sometime. The strength is still medium-full, as it has been the whole smoke, and is burning cool all the way down to the nub.
I smoked the maduro counterpart to this cigar sometime back and thought very highly of it, you can refer to that post here, Quadrum Maduro, but the Habano version was just much better. I give this cigar a 95, and would buy a box of these in a heartbeat. This cigar has everything I want in flavor and strength and remains incredibly complex throughout the whole smoke. The cigar doesn't go back in forth between thirds with strength or flavor and is constructed perfectly. If you were never sure about Alec Bradley Cigars of the Tempus line, this a cigar that will make you hop on the bandwagon. I love this cigar, and always have a 5 pack of these in my humidor. The question is, why don't I have a box?