Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler: Nicaraguan, Ecuadorian
Size: 7 x 54 “Torpedo”
I spoke to Arby Sosa of Antillian Cigar Corp. that produces Sosa, Macabi, and Imperio Cubana Cigars. But before I get into that, I would like to reprint their bio posted on their web site:
“Don Juan Sosa was 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 on the island. Over the next 30 years, Don Juan’s son Arturo and grandson Juan manufactured cigars for sale in Cuba and abroad, but due to political turmoil, the family was forced to leave the island in 1962.
“Juan Sosa spent the next several years searching for soils as rich as those in his native Cuba. He found them in the Santiago region of the Dominican Republic where the family re-established their factory along with operations in Miami.
“The story of the Sosa family continues, with his wife Nelda and three sons who continue the legacy of quality, handmade cigars made in the Cuban tradition.
I spoke to Arby several times and the last time we spoke I had a question about this cigar. This is what he wrote back:
“In my sales booklet it says the wrapper is Ecuador Habano but it’s actually Nicaragua Habano. We have some old bales of Habano from Nicaragua we are using. The binder is Indonesia and the filler is Ecuador and Nicaragua. One roller makes it in Miami. We are currently making 800 cigars per month. We worked on this blend for about two years because I was looking for the right wrapper since Sosa had never used a Habano wrapper. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it.”
Thank goodness I contacted him because the web site does not reflect the truth about the leaves and everyone reviewing this cigar is getting it wrong. Thank you Mr. Sosa.
I recently reviewed the Sosa Classic Natural. It was a wonderful cigar. You can read the review by clicking the name in the last sentence. I also reviewed the Sosa Underground. And I still have more Sosa cigars to review.
Now this baby is the behemoth of them all. A 7.5 x 54 torpedo. I had a big bowl of cereal a moment ago and am ready to tell the dog sled to Mush!
Only one roller produces this cigar, and as said earlier, 80-100 boxes are all that is produced per month. The cigar made its debut at the 2013 IPCPR trade show to raves.
The huge cigar band is very clever with holes punched out for the name Sosa.
The cigar is on the rustic side. A couple of seams are visible. There are two giant veins visible. And a few tiny veins on the stick. The cap is flawless and looks like a triple cap. The color of the wrapper is medium brown with a slight reddish tinge in the sunlight. A lot of oil on the surface and it feels very toothy. The wrapper is very delicate and fragile.
The draw is terrific. I get a very woody flavor. And then some black pepper. The char line is a bit wavy but needs no correction. Then, loads of sweetness appears. Cocoa arrives in a very subtle manner. The spiciness continues to upload.
The body is classic medium by the first couple of inches.
I can’t get over how the sweet the tobacco is. The other flavors are taking their time. After all, I have an almost 8” cigar with a 54 ring gauge. Lumberjack sized.
If you’ve read my reviews, you know I prefer the robusto or smaller sizes. They tend to be much more intense in the flavor department. Although, I was happily surprised by a Churchill I recently reviewed.
All of a sudden, I am getting a lot of hits on a story I posted that had nothing to do with cigars. It was about an evening I spent with Andy (Latka from “Taxi”) Kaufman back in 1981. If you know anything about Andy, you might like to read about this insane night. Click on Andy Kaufman.
The second third begins and the flavors are more distinct and interesting. The cocoa element is very strong. And then I drop the cigar. Fell out of my mouth, bounced on the keypad of my laptop, and on to the floor..creating a crack in the wrapper. I quickly grab my Kingpin cigar glue and fix things. Schmuck.
I near the halfway point and the flavor profile goes nuts. The kitchen sink is being thrown at my palate. I taste cocoa, coffee, sweetness, honey, anise, cloves, something smoky, cedar, toast, and a potent red pepper. Now we’re cooking.
The cigar is rich and earthy. It becomes quite complex. There is a fruity flavor I cannot identify yet. I am dead nuts at the halfway point now. It is the official sweet spot. The draw continues to be perfect and the char line is right on the money.
The sweetness becomes more of a honey flavor. I can taste it on my lips. It tastes like a honey baked ham. I can taste the caramelization of the honey crust. And the smokiness gives the cigar a savory aspect. All that’s missing is the yams.
This is an incredibly flavorful cigar. I realize that most of us see sticker shock at the price of this cigar. For those that can afford this kind of special treat, Kudos. The rest of us poor shmageggies can buy a single or two when we feel we deserve a treat. This cigar is so new that it isn’t in many B & M’s yet. So far, the only online store I see that carries it is Neptune Cigars. You can buy it in singles or a box.
With about 2” to go, creaminess shows itself completing the perfect flavor profile. The cigar finishes out flavorful, spicy, full bodied, and without a hint of harshness or bitterness.
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