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Cigar of the Week: El Cobre by Oliva Double Fuerte 5×50

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!

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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