Sosa Classic 6 X 60 Natural (Prelease) Review
I was pleased to have the opportunity to try out one of Sosa’s new big boy’s, a 6×60 Natural. As you have probably noticed, large ring cigars are becoming all the rage, kind of like big beer…so, as competition naturally goes, everyone is beginning to make a large ring cigar, with Sosa being no exception.
Juan Sosa has been known for creating some premium handcrafted sticks, and his family dates back to fine Cubans, too. For this line, Sosa has created a line that is crafted at the Fuente factory in the Dominican Sosa has been known for making some delightful cigars that do not disappoint, let’s see if they can keep it up with the large ring size.
On the nose I get light tobacco, nut, sweet spice, hint of pepper, maybe even some raisin. I have to admit, based on my previus experience with Sosa, I am looking forward to this smoke, and the nose appears to confirm a solid choice.
Construction is pretty solid with medium-dense construction.The stick has many veins, with some palpable to the touch and a light oil on the wrapper. The cap appears well constructed, but the cut was flaky (which plagued me the entire smoke).
I was pleased to find this cigar very easy to light, I always like that. Unfortunately, the easy light was due to the extremely loose draw, which practically acted as an accelerant. I initially tasted mouthfuls of pepper, with a hint of toasted spice and light tobacco flavors. I was pleased with the mounds of spicy grayish-brown smoke. As I smoked this guy, I notice how incredibly fast this cigar is burning.
As the smoke progresses, I begin to notice a spice on my lips, which is somewhat welcome since the smoke has not been all that exciting. The loose draw makes it somewhat lame and unexciting, which is sad, since I was excited for this smoke. As I progressed toward the end of the 2/3 I began to taste more pepper, with a slight leather taste. The flavors became a little more appropriately congruent, but still light. The woodsy, leather, nutty flavors are a tad more pronounced, but it still maintains a more mild profile.
In the final 1/3 the spice began to pick up a tad bit more, but not enough to keep me interested. I was honestly getting bored smoking it. If I were playing poker or golfing, I would be entertained in some other way, but this stick just wasn’t doing it.
My overall impression was: lackluster. It was a decent smoke for a poker night, but nothing worth writing home about. The flavors weren’t anything special, but they weren’t terrible, either. However, I have come to expect much more from a name like Sosa, especially at the $10/per mark. I think the jump to the 60 gauge was a bit overzealous. Better luck next time, folks.