Don Juan Sosa was a small tobacco grower in the fertile Taguasco region of Cuba at the turn of the century. By the 1920’s, his farm had become one of the largest tobacco-producing haciendas on the island. Over the next 30 years, Don Juan’s son Arturo and grandson Juan manufactured cigars for sale in Cuba and abroad, but due to political turmoil, the family was forced to leave the island in 1962.
Juan Sosa spent the next several years searching for soils as rich as those in his native Cuba. He found them in the Santiago region of the Dominican Republic where the family re-established their factory along with operations in Miami. The story of the Sosa family continues, with his wife Nelda and three sons who continue the legacy of quality, handmade cigars made in the Cuban tradition.
This cigar has a very nice, dark and rustic wrapper that has an earthy aroma. It is firm to the touch with an oily sheen and some toothiness. There was also some sweetness present on the pre-light smell.
1st quarter: The cigar started with a big flavorful character and a very creamy texture. The draw was excellent right from the start and it was very smooth with a solid earthiness. 2nd quarter: It created a nice, white flaky ash. The creamy flavors remained on the palate and there was plenty of dense, smooth smoke throughout. 3rd quarter: During this portion, the ash turned dark black but the cigar itself remained super light and smooth. There were no major changes in flavor and strength. 4th quarter: Nearing the end, full body flavors broke through with a rich, spicy smell. There were large, thick clouds of smoke while a hint of sweetness lingered on the palate.
The SOSA 7×70 has excellent construction along with a smooth draw and a slow burn. It is a medium bodied cigar with a gorgeous San Andres wrapper – while it hosts incredibly smooth characters, this cigar has a good balance of complexity.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: Bo Cigar Lounge Bellflower, CA.
Time Smoked: 3 hour 20 minutes.
Wrapper: San Andreas.
Size: 7” x 70.