Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sosa Wavell (robusto)


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The patriarch of Sosa Cigars, Don Juan Sosa, had one of the largest tobacco producing haciendas in Cuba in the 1920's. Like many other cigar makers, he left Cuba with his family during the time of political unrest. That was in 1962. He decided to establish a cigar factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic along with operations in Miami, Florida. "Sosa" cigars was their first brand. Once made in Miami, it is now manufactured at the Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic. The natural version has an Ecuadorian Sumatra-seed wrapper, while the maduro is made with a Connecticut broadleaf.


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The Sosa Wavell natural is a robusto measuring 50 ring gauge by 5 inches. The wrapper is like a brindle color consisting of a creamy light brown and reddish brown combination. The construction is sound on this neatly rolled and well packed cigar. The cap is a gorgeous with it's straight triple layers.


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The wrapper itself has a slight coarseness to it. It has a network of veins like a complicated highway all throughout. But the neat construction of this rustic leaf lends it an air of dignity. The aroma of the wrapper is like rich compost, while the scent at the foot smells of sweet barnyard hay. The flavor of the pre-light draw is familiar and like dried prunes.


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The pre-light draw can vary from firm to nice slight resistance, but I have yet to encounter a "plugged" stick in the bunch. The ash is strong and compact and is white to light gray in color. If a contest for longest ash is held, this is the cigar I'm taking with me. It's so perfectly rolled that I could probably smoke the entire robusto by ashing it once.


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The flavor of this cigar has some unique qualities. It starts off tasting twangy and woody, like toasted hickory. The body is sweet cream with underlying milk chocolate revealed in the finish. Eventually you taste some vanilla spice and nutmeg worked into the creamy mix. At times, some bitterness rears it's ugly head when all you want to taste is some toasty wood or leather. If you allow the cigar to rest adequately you will get rewarded with some lovely rich leather and aged tobacco flavor.


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Overall, I like this cigar as a nice change of pace from some redundant cigar flavors. It is a pretty damn good value at $75.50 for a box of 25 ($3.02/stick), considering it is made in the same Fuente factory that produces the Opus X. I think it's worth a try. It is medium in body and should be well tolerated by most levels of cigar smokers.


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