Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic
This cigar is another one that was sent to me from a friend a couple months ago. I have heard about Sosa Cigars several times, but have never actually seen them in any store. So when I opened up the package and saw that this was sent to me, I knew it was one I would look forward to reviewing. After letting it rest for awhile, it was time to pull this one out and review it.
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is two shades of brown. Most of the leaf is very dark brown, but around the veins it is much lighter. The leaf is also very oily with one thick vein on the underside of the cigar. The torpedo cap is very smooth with an almost glass-like shine to it. I noticed that for the most part this cigar was solid, but it had a couple soft spots on the underside. There was also a very sweet, earthy and chocolate smell coming from this cigar.
Once I lit this cigar up there was a very strong woodiness that was immediately the center of attention. It took several puffs, but about a quarter of an inch into this cigar a little bit of spice stated to come out. The flavor was actually very smooth because the spice was only an accent to the woodiness and earthiness. The wood flavor picks up at the cigar progresses and makes the smoke very dry.
After about an inch of this cigar the flavors started to change up a little bit. The profile became very leathery. There was still a strong earthiness and woodiness, but it was lighter than the start. There was also a very light sweetness that started to work its way out. Both the peppery spice and sweetness were very faint.
The second third seemed to emphasize the strong flavors. There was still a lot of the leather and wood flavors. These seemed to be much stronger because both the sweet and spicy flavors were completely gone. Once these dissipated, a very strong creaminess came out and coated my mouth.
By halfway the creaminess and leather flavors became the main focus while the earthiness was pushed to the background. There was a very light pepper flavor that came back, but it was so light that it wasn't in ever puff. Once the pepper flavor became more prominent, it started to hit the back of the throat. Towards the end of the second third the woodiness became the strongest that it had ever been.
The last third was by far the spiciest part of this cigar. The spice was actually stronger than it was at any other part of this cigar. Throughout the entire cigar the wood and leather notes were never lost. The finish was actually very smooth and balanced. The flavor profile, although not complex, was actually enjoyable.
The ash on this cigar was a light to medium shade of gray and held on for about two thirds of the cigar. The burn pattern was where this cigar had its downfall. The soft spots really cause this cigar to burn uneven several times. I touched it up a couple times. Once I passed the last soft spot, it evened out. The draw was very easy throughout the whole cigar and produced a thick gray smoke. The smoke gave off a very earthy aroma.
This cigar had consistent flavors and a few construction issues, but I would suggest trying this cigar. Its medium to full bodied with some strong flavors. I think this cigar might shine in a thin ring gauge and a little bit of age. This cigar I feel gets a 7 out of 10.
Thanks for reading,
Zack the Stogie Man