Cigar Review: Sosa Cigars Classic 6 x 60

Cigar Review: Sosa Cigars Classic 6 x 60

Sosa Cigars Classic 6 x 60

Size: Gigante (6″ x 60)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Honduras

Filler:  Domican Republic

Strength: Medium

Price:  $10 MSRP (as per press release)

Grade: 8.6

In June Sosa Family Cigars sent out a press release announcing they will be adding a 60 ring gauge to their Classic line.  A few weeks later they contacted us and asked us if we’d be interested in reviewing their new cigar.  Well, the rest is history.  A little more information from the press release:

Antillian Cigar Corporation, owner of popular cigar brands such as Sosa, Imperio Cubano and Macabi, is happy to announce that it will be introducing a new 6 x 60 size to its Sosa Classic cigar line. This 6 x 60 will be one of the first 60 cigar ring gauges to be manufactured out of an Arturo Fuente cigar factory. The Sosa Classic line is handmade at the Tabacalera A. Fuente y CIA Factory # 4 in the Dominican Republic by master blender, Juan B. Sosa. All tobacco for Sosa Classic is aged for a minimum of three years and made with an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. This new size is the perfect addition to the array of sizes already available in the Sosa Classic including the Gran Wavell, a 5 ½ x 55, that was added to the line last year in 2011. Sosa Classic has received various accolades throughout the years such as Cigar Aficionado acknowledging the Piramide No. 2 with a 93 rating in the April 1998 edition, and Cigar Aficionado also named the Wavell as one of the 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2007. The suggested retail for the 6 x 60 will be $10.00 and will be packaged in boxes of 21.

A few quick notes before the review:

1. The 6×60 is not a size I typically smoke, and with the exception of the Padron 1964 60 rg that was released as a store exclusive last year, I usually avoid them.

2. I am not a huge Dominican Cigar fan, with some noteworthy exceptions that have been mentioned in previous reviews, I usually find the flavor to be too mild.

3. This is probably only the third or fourth cigar from Sosa that I’ve ever smoked.

4. ToastedFoot.Com thanks Sosa Cigars for sending us a pre-release to review, however their generosity in no way influences our review.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot.

Pre-Light:  (1.8)  The Sosa Classic 6×60 is a beast of a cigar, as is to be expected in a 60 ring gauge format.  The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is quite dark and there is some tooth and a few veins present.  The Sosa band is quite ornate with the family name, an image of Cuba, and tobacco leaves, all sitting beneath a crown which I suspect pays homage to the family’s almost 100 years in the Cigar business.

Burn: (1.8)  The Sosa Classic 6×60 was a great example of excellent construction.  Few 60 ring guage cigars that I’ve smoked were rolled this well.  The ash held firm to the inch consistently despite the fact that i was smoking outside on a windy day and manipulating the cigar for photographs during the smoke.

Draw was almost perfect.  It’s been  my experience that large ring gauge cigars often smoke better with a punch, so at first I punched the head.  That didn’t really do the trick for the Sosa. When I tried to get a pre light draw it was a bit tight so I went ahead and cut the cap.  Once the cap was free the draw was impeccable.  The burn was straight and crisp through the first two-thirds with some minor waving in the last third.  The Sosa 60 puts out voluminous amounts of smoke.   .

Flavor:  (2.5)  On first light the Sosa 6×60 opens up with a light pepper, spice, mustard seed, and a sweet grass note.  The smoke is incredibly smooth. The flavor profile shifts fairly quickly to a mild cedar core with persistent and quite pleasant sweetness.  Body is definitely mild through the first third.

Heading into the second third and the mild cedar core is the most dominant flavor with interspersed notes of sweet grass.  The general sweetness to the smoke continues, I suspect this is the wrapper shining through and adding another dimension.  Creaminess also picks up in the second third.

Heading into the final third and the cedar core continues to dominate, although it’s a fairly mild cedar.  The aged nature of the filler is apparent as the Sosa remains quite smooth and balanced, however it is far from complex.  The fact that this cigar is rolled at a Fuente factory and features aged Dominican fillers is clear through the smoke both in quality and flavor. The wrapper adds both flavor and creaminess.  I smoked the Sosa down to the nub and by the time I got to the nub I would say it was getting close to full-bodied.

Overall: (2.6)  The Sosa Classic 6×60 is quite a departure for me both in terms of core flavor and Vitola.  I was apprehensive before I smoked it because it is so far from my profile.  That said, I really enjoyed it through the first two thirds.  While it was different, it was also quite good.

The Sosa has a lot of the features a good Fuente would have with a few added dimensions, including a fairly persistent sweetness.

As I smoked through the final third I had exhausted my apprehensions due to the quality and smooth flavor of the cigar.  Where the Sosa fell short for me was in its lack of complexity, or additional flavor notes, but I don’t think that’s the goal of the blend.

The Sosa 6×60 delivers an abundance of incredibly smooth, cedar rich smoke.  For the Aficionado that loves the smooth clean flavor of refined, aged, Dominican tobacco with a little something extra, and is hunting for a bigger smoke, this cigar is right up your alley.

Total: 8.6