Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli Ligero, Jalapa Viso)
Vitola: 6 x 46
Purchase Link: Sombrero de Copa
Sombrero de Copa Review – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Oatmeal on the cold draw. I light up and get hit with savory-spicy-sweet flavors all at once. Lots of floral notes and yet there's enough pepper and cloves to give it some gumption. Honey graham crackers.
The beginning of the second third is as good as the "sweet spot" that is often found in the final third of great cigars. Ginger supplements the honey graham crackers with some zing. I've touched up the burn a few times, but it hasn't been distracting. The floral notes make a comeback about halfway down. Cherry medicine gives this cigar some Mary POPpins (high-five, anyone?) For the record, the medicinal twist isn't negative because it's not overbearing.
I'm having trouble keeping the final third lit. Hickory smoked ribs rounds out this smoke with finger-licking goodness.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Cracking open a cold one on football Sunday.
Pairing Suggestion: Rye.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
Sombrero de Copa Review – WISCONSIN
Summary: The first half-inch of this cigar was the best part, giving me cereal grain, pepper, spice, vanilla, peanut, and lots of cream. Then, out of nowhere, it went out.
Relight. Add dark chocolate and graham cracker. Burn gets wavy. It goes out again. Add cinnamon and a hint of raisin. Spice builds and starts to dominate over the other flavors. And from there, it's all spice and wavy burn lines.
The draw was on point, but the burn was quite messy and problematic throughout. Bad burn and unbalanced spice don't make this a favorite of mine.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like a spicy meatball.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
Sombrero de Copa Review – OREGON
Summary: This week’s Corona sized smoke was medium brown in color and felt just firmly enough packed to ride the line between mushy and overfilled. Dry hay, natural tobacco and cinnamon mixed nicely from the wrapper. Removing the cap revealed a perfect cold draw filled with natural tobacco notes and cinnamon. Early notes were leather, walnuts, fresh bread and a smooth cinnamon finish. Underneath the entire mix was a muted sweetness. It mixed wonderfully with the main profile notes. Towards the middle, the sweetness disappeared and in it’s place was a slightly bitter citrus note. It was an odd switch. Near the end of the stick, the sweetness returned in spades, lying over the entire profile like a blanket. Cedar, cereal grains, cinnamon, leather and a touch of molasses combined to make a phenomenal finish. Throughout the cigar, the retro-hale was smooth and enjoyable. The sweetness in the flavors was really accentuated in the retro-hale. Mechanically, the cigar performed very nicely and produced a ton of smoke from the word go.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Smooth jazz while sipping Bookers.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon or a sweet rum.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box purchase here.
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