This was a release, along with El Güegüense by Nick Mellilo, was one of the few releases of 2015 I was really anticipating. These two cigars will probably always be unfairly grouped together. Given the fact that both Steve Saka and Mellilo worked for Drew Estates and had a large part to do with the creation of Liga Privada and the Unico Serie lines, their cigars innately are compared and rated against Liga. That’s bullshit. Understand that both Sobremesa and El Güegüense are completely different animals and should never be compared to Liga Privada.
One of the more interesting note about Sobremesa is how detailed the blend is for this cigar. Sobremesa features an Ecuadorian habano grade one dark rosado wrapper, a Mexican Matacapan negro de temporal binder, Nicaraguan GK Condega C-SG seco, Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo criollo seco, Nicaraguan La Joya Esteli C-98 Viso, Nicaraguan ASP Esteli hybrid ligero, and broadleaf ligero from Lancaster County, PA. Unless you’re a master blender or a farmer, a lot of the information may seem superfluous. However, anyone who knows of Steve Saka, or who has met him, knows he has an unbelievable amount of knowledge about tobacco. I think it is actually very cool that he has this much detail about his cigar, as most manufacturers tend to keep a lot of that information a secret.
The Sobremesa El Americano starts out earthy. I feel like a sweetness is on the verge of coming through and every time I think it’s about to come through, the earthy notes just get deeper. As for as strength goes, it’s at about medium strength, and it should stay that way if this sample follows the samples I’ve tried before. Throughout the smoke I do taste a little coffee and a bit of vanilla, but nothing that will overpower the earthiness that I taste. The construction seems to be close to perfect, needed no touch-ups. The draw is perfect for my liking, with just a bit of resistance. My only gripe with Sobremesa is that I keep reaching for more in this cigar, and that’s just in the few samples I’ve smoked. I find the more I smoke Sobremesa the more flavors I find, albeit subtly. One of the best things about Sobremesa is that it’s a very approachable cigar. It’s not full-strength and the flavors are never too overwhelming. I keep wanting another turn, or another transition and as I wait I find the same flavors present. That isn’t a bad thing however. There are many cigars that I try that start off great, but change. There’s something to be said for a cigar that does transition however, and in large part that is due to the blender. That is a skill in itself. However, I do appreciate cigars that do stay the same. This cigar, however, leaves me wanting a big transition that I don’t see. Although, of all the vitolas that I have tried, I’d have to say this size takes the crown. Personally, I can’t attest the same complexity to the other sizes. Definitely worth a try if you’ve never tried Sobremesa.