When I saw the price difference, I bugged my buddy Jason Harding of BCP to send me some samples.
Note: On BCP, they don’t call it the Classic, just Sosa. but it is the Classic. The regular Sosa has a dark copper metallic cigar band. Only the Classic has this singular band.
The fastest way to get things going is to reprint the press release from the folks at Sosa:
“The Sosa cigar tradition began with Don Juan Sosa, a small tobacco grower in the fertile Taguasco region of Cuba at the turn of the century. By the 1920′s, his farm had become one of the largest tobacco-producing haciendas in Cuba. Over the next 30 years, Don Juan’s son, Arturo, and grandson, Juan, manufactured cigars for sale in Cuba and abroad. Juan B. Sosa moved the operation to the Dominican Republic in the 1960′s where the family re-established their factory along with operations in Miami, Florida. Today, the legacy of quality, handmade cigars made in the Cuban tradition continues with master blender, Juan B. Sosa, alongside his wife, sons and nephews.”
Sosa cigars are rolled at Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia Factory # 4 in the Dominican Republic. In other words, the Fuentes make the cigars for Sosa.
Cigar Aficionado gave the cigar an impressive 93 rating. And was included in its Top 25 Cigars of the Year. From CA: “An excellent cigar. It is very well made, with a beautiful wrapper. There are concentrated flavors of sweet spices such as cinnamon, a hint of leather and a sweet woodiness. Excellent balance.”
The cigar comes in either natural or maduro and today we are reviewing the natural version.
The cigar band is extremely ornate and I must use a magnifying glass to see everything that is going on…There is a background of the island of Cuba, tobacco leaves, and some gold medallions or coins dangling from the “imported handmade” banner, the Sosa family name, and above it all: a crown. Clearly, we are dealing with royalty.
Construction is on par with any other $6 cigar. The cigar is firm but not jam packed. There are no soft spots. The seams are clean and there are lots of little spider veins. There is only the slightest bit of oily sheen and the cigar feels very smooth to the touch.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong gingerbread and molasses. There is a sudden blast of red pepper that makes me sneeze three times. That is a first for me. My eyes are watering and I’m blowing my nose. Wow. Those sneezes make it difficult to smell anything at the moment; but I believe I can smell a bit of cocoa, cinnamon and earth.
Time to light up.
The cigar is immediately very tasty. That li’l dab of cocoa becomes a nice strong flavor. And the cigar brings forth very nice tobacco sweetness. There is a bit of cedar in the background. The sweetness finds its way to a creamy, sticky caramel flavor. And layered on top of that is a lush creaminess. All this flavor in the first half inch.
I am at the ¾” mark and it’s a Snickers bar. A nutty component completes the picture. It’s not peanut but I am allowed some poetic license here. So I have chocolate, caramel, and nuts and a red hot scorpion in the center. The pepper tames itself and I stop sipping water.
I am a big fan of the original P. Garcia cigars. Mainly due to that blast of spicy cucaracha in the beginning. This is very similar. Although, I can’t recollect any PG cigars going to flavor bomb status this quickly or in this manner.
I can easily see why CA gave this cigar such a high rating. It is a great cigar.
Warning! Give the cigars a month before you light one up. Otherwise you are blowing your money out your rear end.
I read a couple reviews done too early and they are not getting any of the flavors I am joyfully partaking of now.
The body is at a very nice medium. A Wally Guse cigar. (A friend and fellow ex-famous musician)
I should add that this cigar is perfectly balanced and fitfully complex as I hit the halfway point. Damn. After this review, I must whip out the plastic and buy more. Maybe a box this time around. What is left of the samples that Jason at BCP gave me will be gone today.
The more I progress, the more explosive the flavors become. While the pepper moves to the background with each half inch disposed of.
The second half is just ginormous in character and depth. This is one of those few cigars I review that I don’t want to end.
The Sosa comes in four blends: Sosa, Sosa Classic, Sosa Vintage, and Sosa Third Harvest.
Obviously, I highly recommend this cigar. For those who don’t care for medium/full or full bodied cigars, this is the perfect stick for them.
The cigar does end a tick higher than medium but not close to being full bodied.
Thanks again Jason. Call BestCigarPrices.com and tell him that he has a big red ass like a Black Macaque.
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