Cigar Review: La Caridad Del Cobre 1608 Natural

Size: 5×52, Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Mild/Medium

Price: Box of 25, $107

Grade: 9.0

There is not a whole lot of information online about the La Caridad Del Cobre brand of cigars. It is produced by Frank Herrera, the person behind Cigar Law, and it rolled in the Old World Cuban tradition, with a production limited to 300 sticks per day – less than 10 Cuban born master rollers are on the Miami rolling tables for the 1608. The name of the company is named after the Patron saint of Cuban, first seen in 1608.

The 2010 IPCPR trade show presented a re-blend and new band on the 1608; our review is of the original blend, in the natural wrapper – it is also available as a Maduro.

You may visit them online here and visit Frank’s Cigar Law blog here.  Frank is also on Twitter.

On to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.8:
The Sungrown Sumatra wrapper is an almond color with a slight red hue and is smooth to the touch from cap to foot. The veins and bumps are kept to a minimum and the roll is solid along the seams. The triple cap on the 1608 is very clean though a bit spongy. The construction is firm throughout the rest of the smoke, as is the packing. The aroma is very intriguing, with notes of licorice, a mild cedar, and a sweet butterscotch. On the draw, the flavors are of gingerbread with a thick butter finish.

Burn, 1.8:
The burn line of the 1608 is straight and produces a nice ash that bubbles out beyond the wrapper with a nice thickness. The draw is spot on and produces large clouds of smoke. The 1608 never burns hot and requires no touch ups.

Flavor, 2.7:
The initial burst of flavor is a creamy gingerbread and as it moves into the first third, there is a gentle spice in the back of the throat that creates a medium finish and noticeable body, while still remaining mild. The aroma is also very pleasant with a black tea that lingers. Moving into the second third, the Nicaraguan flavor profile is very evident, with a continued subtle spice and a sweet cedar, which I always seem to pick up quickly in this region’s tobacco. The flavor becomes a bit more dry in this portion and the finish remains thick with a medium to full body. The transition into the final third is subtle but is marked by a burnt toast and a decrease in the amount of spice.

Overall, 2.7:
I was very impressed by the complexity and body of the 1608, especially considering the mild to medium strength. The price is also right on this stick, and could easily sell for $2-3 more a stick. By way of comparison, a cheaper version of this with a similar flavor profile is, in my opinion, the Devil’s Weed, which has been on clearance lately for a little over $1 a stick.

(Total: 9.0)