Alec Bradley announces HOF / 506 Fine & Rare. That’s the 2019 version of the annual Fine & Rare release by the Fort Lauderdale based company. The Fine & Rare tradition started in 2011 when Alan Rubin, founder of Alec Bradley, wanted to make the most complex cigar in the world and created this masterpiece.
To create a cigar with that much complexity, Rubin and his team sourced ten different tobaccos, all aged and of high quality. The concept of Fine & Rare is more than the cigar itself. From iteration to iteration, Fine & Rare has seen different shapes, sizes, and blends. Each year, ten specially aged and selected tobaccos are chosen. The tobaccos are then rolled into a shape that represents the blend the best. 2019 sees the inaugural release of Fine & Rare HOF / 506, a 6¼x54 box-pressed Gran Toro.
A tribute to David Rubin
On November 15 of 2018, David Rubin passed away. David was the father of Alec Bradley founder Alan Rubin and the grandfather of Alec & Bradley Rubin. He was also the inspiration for the Alec Bradley Family blend. That cigar was created to honor the fathers of Alan Rubin, George Sosa, and Ralph Montero, the Alec Bradley principals. And now Rubin is remembering his father with the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare HOF / 506.
“The 2019 release is the most important of the Fine & Rare releases since its inception,” Alan said. “This is an homage and dedication to David Rubin, my father; who inspired me to always work hard and never give up- so we strive to be the best. My true commemorative piece in honor of my father David Rubin. We love and miss you; Alan Rubin and family.” A photo of David Rubin is prominently displayed on the front of the band, on the back are the words: “In Honor Of David Rubin”.
Only one pair of master rollers are allowed to roll the cigars. That happens at the Raices Cubana factory in Danli, Honduras. They use a silky smooth estate-grown wrapper from Trojes, Honduras, draped over select and proprietary tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras. The cigar rings also reveal when the cigars were rolled. And how many were rolled that week. Plus they carry the signature of the quality control supervisors as well. The production is limited to 2500 boxes of 10 cigars, to be released globally.