This week’s group review is of the Copacabana cigar. This is a $4 value cigar, so if it’s any good it should score well here on SUC. It had a nice sweet and pungent smelling wrapper and the draw was a little open prior to lighting up. After lighting we were met with a nutty coffee flavor with some pepper. Later in the cigar some cinnamon crept into the flavor profile. Sadly, towards the end the cigar turned bitter. The construction was decent on all 3 of our smokes, there were some issues towards the end. Overall, this was a unique smoking experience that most value cigars don’t offer. It is definitely worth a try, but we all agreed there are bigger diamonds in the rough out there.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: Me too. I really like the way the Copacabana smells! It has a unique sweet and pungent smell. It has a decent wrapper (mine has a couple large veins) and a perfect draw. I can’t wait to light it up
IamDarren: ok, im here. Forgot that i hadn’t configured the new modem on the laptop yet.
IamDarren: got mine clipped. very interesting flavor on the cold draw. A very sweet cedar flavor.
Terry1: Mine looks good too. Smooth wrapper. I’ve got an open draw and I was going to say almost a pecan on the cold draw. Let’s light up.
StraightUpCigars: Wow, bold toasty and nutty flavor with some pepper on the finish. Good stuff!
StraightUpCigars: Oh yeah, I lit it up
Terry1: I’m tasting some sweetness and pecans again. I get that nutty flavor then a slight bitterness. Pepper hits the sinus. Plenty of smoke. Nice start.
IamDarren: is is just me or is there a hint of coffee in there too?
Terry1: Yeah I can taste coffee.
StraightUpCigars: I’m not getting much coffee yet, if I am it is a cup of hazelnut decaf
IamDarren: the sweet/creamy smoke really coats the inside of your mounth and lasts 10 or 15 seconds on the finish. A very good start.
IamDarren: maybe we will finally find a blend that does well with the large RG.
StraightUpCigars: I just let mine sit for a while, first puff was a blast of sweet creamy smoke. Really tasty cigar. If there ever was a good big RG cigar, this may be the one.
IamDarren: in about a half inch and the burn is going well. Smoke production has decreased a little and I am starting to pick up a pepper note in the sinuses.
Terry1: Me too. I get the sweetness up front then a blast of pepper in the aroma.
StraightUpCigars: I noticed the same thing, less smoke right now. My draw has tightened up a bit. Not too bad, but tighter than I prefer. Also, my first ash already fell off!
Terry1: My wrapper is showing a split at the burn line. Not concerned yet. This must be a thin wrapper.
IamDarren: my ash just fell off at about 3/4 inch when i set it down
IamDarren: looking at the ash there is a very interesting dark ring just under the binder and then a lighter center
StraightUpCigars: My dark ring is actually all on one side, that side is also burning much slower (my burn is uneven). I wonder what tobacco that is?
Terry1: My draw is still okay. I had to correct the burn where it was splitting. I’m now past it. Other than that, mine is burning even.
StraightUpCigars: Some nice sweet flavor on this cigar. It’s an easy smoking medium body for me.
IamDarren: i can’t find where they say specifically what the filler is. It is all Nicaraguan Aganorsa tobacco with a Corojo ’99 wrapper.
Terry1: That’s about all I found. The blend is a mystery.
IamDarren: going into the second third flavors haven’t changed much
Terry1: I finding that pepper note interesting. I’ll take a couple of puffs and get the nice creamy, slightly sweet nutty notes and I’m thinking okay the pepper is gone. Then, bam, a big pepper blast on the next puff.
StraightUpCigars: Same here!
IamDarren: they must have a corojo leaf in there somewhere that kicks in every once in awhile.
Terry1: Have either of you had another cigar with this Aganorsa leaf? This is my first and I’m finding the flavors unique.
IamDarren: I was wondering the same thing so I did a little research. Acutally its not one particular leaf. Aganorsa S.A. is a cigar tobacco company in Nicaragua and is in the top 3 Nicaraguan tobacco growers by the amount they produce.
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StraightUpCigars: I am fairly certain we have reviewed one before, but I can’t pinpoint it.
IamDarren: Casa Fernandez uses all Aganorsa tobacco and Padilla uses mostly all Aganorsa… interesting.
Terry1: So Aganorsa is a company. Boy was I confused.
StraightUpCigars: So we have had lots of cigars with their leaf before!
Terry1: So the blend really is a mystery. It could be just about anything.
StraightUpCigars: 45 mins in, and I am less than halfway done. This thing is a beast!
IamDarren: yep, Eduardo Fernandez owns Aganorsa, and also Casa Fernandez. One review quoted him as saying this cigar has his secret blend of all Cuban Seed Aganorsa fillers.
IamDarren: im also halfway in and it seems to be mellowing. The sweetness has been toned down a bit and I have lost almost all the pepper.
Terry1: Yeah I’m well into the second third and haven’t noticed that pepper blast for awhile. I’m gettin a stronger coffee note. I’d like a little more sweetness to go with it.
Terry1: I just popped the band off. Came off cleanly. Sometimes these smaller bands get glued to the wrapper.
IamDarren: mine was fairly loose and just slid off.
StraightUpCigars: Along those same lines, my burn line has improved. The wrapper leaf is too thin and has cracked on mine, but the construction has been decent for such a behemoth cigar.
Terry1: I’m nearing the end of the second third and I’m getting a slight sweetness again along with a cinnamon tingle.
Terry1: I’m surprised they ship these without cellophane. With such a thin wrapper I would think they would get damaged easily.
StraightUpCigars: Nice catch on the cinnamon. I taste the same thing, just hadn’t figured it out yet
IamDarren: just starting to get a little cinnamon, smoke production is also picking up again.
Terry1: Did I mention this is a $4 cigar? Pretty good value in my opinion. It’s smoking like a much more expensive cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Good value! I was starting to lose faith, but the flavor has started to get interesting again in the last 10 mins.
IamDarren: all at once pepper and coffee are back! nice
IamDarren: just now crossing into the last third
StraightUpCigars: Same here. Mine is bursting at the seams a bit, but it is still burning straight.
Terry1: I have about an inch left and suddenly I’m starting to feel the strength. For me it’s going into the medium-full range.
StraightUpCigars: I can feel it too. This is a whole lot of cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Do they offer these in different sizes?
IamDarren: oh yeah, I think there are like 6 different sizes
Terry1: This was the Gordo a 6″ by 56.
Terry1: My wrapper is splitting at the head. Good thing I’m just about done.
StraightUpCigars: Did you have a soda with it tonight?
Terry1: No just water.
IamDarren: part of the reason i didn’t go with JBL was because i bought a 400 dollar powered sub that shot craps and it was going to cost 200 bucks just to replace the amp. So i basically told them where they could stick it.
IamDarren: getting down to the end of my cigar. Flavor is starting to get bitter.
Terry1: I just finished mine. Didn’t notice any bitterness. Same flavors as the rest.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, mine is about tapped out. The binder is starting to come loose, you have to be pretty gentle with this one, I was not
StraightUpCigars: Interesting scores. I based most of my flavor ratings on the good first and final third. The second was bland. Same with the “buy a box category”, I’d buy a box but in a smaller vitola. One of the better big RG cigars we’ve had, but would be better in a smaller vitola.
Terry1: Yeah I’d probably try the Robusto if I smoked this one again
IamDarren: yeah, a smaller vitola might produce more flavor from the wrapper
StraightUpCigars: We are hard to please. That’s ok
IamDarren: We have smoked enough cigars at this point to know that there are others in this price range that deliver more flavor… thats not saying this isn’t good.