Announced over the weekend, boutique online cigar retailer Small Batch Cigar has teamed with the /r/cigars Reddit community to introduce Sombrero de Copa.
Sombrero de Copa translates to mean “top hat,” featuring a cross-hatched rendering of a cigar-smoking skeleton wearing a top hat on the cigar’s packaging. For this project, Andrew T., of Small Batch Cigar, met with several moderators of the /r/cigars community at the Espinosa Premium Cigars headquarters in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. The team worked with Héctor J. Alfonso Sr., Espinosa’s director of operations, voting on the cigar’s final name, design, and blend, in an attempt to meet the desired flavor profile of the /r/cigars community.
The cigars are billed as medium in body, showcasing Nicaraguan fillers from Estelí (ligero) and Jalapa (viso), a Jalapan binder, and a Habano wrapper. The blend is rolled at the La Zona factory in Estelí, featuring a 6″ x 46 corona gorda size that will retail for $6.99 (20-count boxes and 5-packs are available), sold exclusively through Small Batch Cigar.
The experience is medium in body and strength, leading with citrus and sweeter tasting notes while licorice and spice are noticeable through the nose. Sombrero de Copa is very approachable for novice smokers, yet offers a wide range of complex nuances for veteran cigar enthusiasts.
Sombrero de Copa is now available, though it is not mentioned how many were rolled for this project.
Update: Héctor J. Alfonso Sr. has confirmed that 5,000 cigars were made—this is split between 125 boxes and 125 bundles (which will presumably be used to sell the cigars in 5-packs).
Sombrero de Copa Breakdown
- Wrapper: Habano
- Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
- Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa | Estelí)
- Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua)
- Production: Limited (5,000 cigars)
- Packaging: 20-ct Boxes
- Vitola: 6″ × 46 (Corona Gorda)
- Price: $6.99 (MSRP)
- Release: Now Available
- Retailer: Small Batch Cigar
Small Batch Cigar does not advertise with Cigar Dojo, but the retailer does offer a discount coupon code for Dojo members.