La Caridad Del Cobre is the Patron Saint of Cuba. First appearing in 1608, Cuba’s Patron Saint represents the strength and resolve of the Cuban people.
The La Charada line is the second offering from Frank Hererra of La Caridad Del Cobre and was first introduced at this year’s IPCPR show.
The La Charada blend is available with two wrappers; a maduro Brazilian Arapiraca or a natural leaf from Ecuador. They are available in the following vitolas:
Charada No. 48 – “La Cucaracha” Perfecto
Charada No. 5 – “La Monjita” Petit Torpedo 5×54
Charada No. 64 – “Muerto Grande” Torpedo Inmenso 7×54
Charada No. 72 – “El Buey” Toro 6×52
Charada No. 90 – “El Viejo” Churchill 7×50
Charada No. 2 – “La Mariposa” Robusto 5×56
Charada No. 16 – “Mujer Santa” Toro 6×52
For this review I sampled one of the more popular vitolas, the Charada No. 64 also known as the “Muerto Grande”. The particulars are as follows:
- Size / Shape: Torpedo Inmenso 7×54
- Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
The Brazilian Arapiraca leaf is a very good looking dark brown wrapper. The cigars had one or two prominent veins but they did not detract from the cigars appearance. Along with the new blend, La Caridad Del Cobre’s band has also been redesigned. It has a very modern look to it.
The construction of the cigars seemed very good. They were very firm with a slight amount of give in the foot. The wrapper leaf had a faint tobacco aroma while there was a sweet tobacco aroma on the foot.
Once the cap was clipped, I detected a slight resistance on the draw. There was more tobacco flavor on the draw and a savory flavor on my lips from the wrapper.
After carefully toasting and lighting the foot, the first few puffs created a nice satisfying amount of smoke. The cigars burned evenly and the firm, dark ash held on for about 1 ½ inches before dropping off.
At first the flavor profile was predominantly woody tobacco with some nutty notes. These flavors were maintained until the second half when I found chocolate and coffee flavors coming through. There was also a pepper sensation at the end of each exhale.
I would consider this new line as medium in strength and medium bodied.
The La Charada samples I have tried were all a pleasure to smoke. The flavors are very enjoyable and complex enough to keep the cigar interesting as you smoke it. I definitely recommend you try this new blend yourself if you have an opportunity.
La Caridad Del Cobre cigars can be found at the Serafin de Cuba locations in Spring Hill and Tarpon Springs, FL.
Disclaimer: The cigars used for this review were given to me by the manufacturer.