I discovered these cigars a little bit later then most of the cigar world. I fell in love with them at one of my favorite shops, Fume Cigars in Montclair, NJ. I found out recently my pronunciation of cu-bay-oh was a butchering of the proper way. The correct way direct from Espinosa & Ortega themselves is coo-bau.
Cigar: Cubao Maduro
Size: 6 1/8 x 50 (No. 5)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Broadleaf
Appearance and Construction (19/20): The Cubao Maduro features a clean looking Broadleaf wrapper that has not been enhanced in any way shape or form. The wrapper is virtually vein free, and features a nice roll with an excellent triple cap. The cigar however does feel light in weight and while the foot is slightly spongy there are no soft spots to be found in this stick. The cigar utilizes a two band system with the primary band denoting the brand Cubao with the secondary band denoting maduro. The colors of brown and white with a touch of gold help keep this band simple, but eloquent.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to lighting up this stick the prelight notes off of the cigar were that of mocha from the foot, and chocolate from the wrapper. The prelight draw reveals some of that typical Pepin spice and a faint mocha in the background. Upon lighting up the cigar one is treated with some pepper and spice notes that slowly give way to reveal notes of leather and earth but there is a cherry like sweetness hanging out in the background that is oh so delicious. As we approach the second third of this cigar the notes of leather remain, but they are joined by an emerging mocha while the sweetness remains in the background but it slowly fades. As we approach the final third of the cigar the notes of mocha really begin to shine with some leather on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): As you can tell from the photo the cigar burns even and the medium colored ash is dense with no flake. The ash became a little weak shortly after this photo so I chose to ash before I wore it. The draw was perfect despite some concerns prior to sparking up.
Overall (23/25): This cigar has become one of my go to cigars as of late. I know some of you might say wait, didn’t you say cigar X was a go to cigar? Well the answer is yes. I smoke on average of 20 cigars a week and other then grabbing something new to review I have a set rotation of cigars and the Cubao is in that rotation. Definitely a good smoke worthy of my money.
Price: $10.00 in NJ