The El Cobre boasts a dark, even toned, and toothy Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that encases an all Nicaraguan longfiller core. The cap clipped perfectly and the draw was nice. Once lit, I expected a blast of pepper, but to my surprise it was quite smooth, creamy, and dare I say, mellow. The base flavor was mostly woody from start to finish. Moreover, the cigar burned evenly with a very firm ash. Every now and then it would lean back and hurl a peppery fastball at me, but even in the last couple of inches the cigar, though much fuller in flavor at that point, never went bitter or overpowered me, to which I attribute its excellent balance.
Now, I can only speak for this one particular cigar. Perhaps the other sizes are more like spice bombs, or I got a freak that somehow didn’t have as much ligero, or it mellowed a bit in my humidor. Or maybe my palate has finally become so accustomed to full-bodied cigars they don’t affect me that much anymore. Whatever the case, if full-bodied cigars with lots of dark tobacco and wood flavors does it for you, check out the El Cobre 5×50. I’d be curious to see if you had a similar experience.
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P.S. One other interesting thing happened while smoking this cigar. Translated from Spanish El Cobre means “the snake.” As I was trying to get the band off, it tore a bit. Then, for some reason I pulled the band apart from the center, and check out the photo at the left!