Monday, January 12, 2009

Cubao No.2 vs. No.5

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Cubao is another fabulous cigar from United Tobacco (EO Brands), maker of the 601 cigars. It is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua and was created by the master blender Pepin Garcia. The cigar contains quality Nicaraguan tobaccos with a delicious Sumatra Oscuro wrapper from Ecuador. It is available in six sizes. I smoked the No. 2 and No. 5 sizes for comparison.

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The No. 2 is a beautiful pyramid shaped cigar which is 52 ring gauge by 6 and 1/8 inches long. It has an easy draw and wonderful spicy flavor right off the bat. The cigar starts off woody tasting with nice chocolate notes and roasted nuts. The peppery heat subsides as you smoke past the first third. It finishes well with a nice anise flavor and raisiny tobacco.

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The No. 5 is a robusto extra (longer that their robusto No. 4 which is 4 and 7/8 inches long) which measures 50 ring gauge by 6 and 1/8 inches long. (Sounds like a toro to me!) The No. 5 showed more complexity to the blend with nice strong mocha flavor and creamy sweetness. The draw was also perfect (I haven't had an EO cigar yet which gave me draw problems). Walnuts and cayenne pepper also add to the mix, with some noticeable saltiness. The cigar finishes with full cedar notes.

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The burn line on both cigars was un-even but did not take away from the enjoyment of the cigar. The ash was nice and light in color and slightly flowery but holds on well until you are ready to tap it off.

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If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the No. 5. I feel the torpedo had just a little too much peppery heat for me in the beginning and was not as complex for most of the second half of the cigar, even though the flavors were also good. The No. 5 was the perfect balance of flavors with enough transitions to keep the smoke interesting. I would not be surprised if this cigar makes my list of top ten cigars for this year.

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All Cubao sizes are available at Silo Cigars. The No. 2 retails for $7.10 a stick, while the No. 5 goes for $6.10. If you haven't tried Cubao yet, you definitely should put it on your cigars to smoke list.

Must Reads:

Keepers of the Flame on the No. 5

Cigar Jack on the No. 1

Stogie Review on the No. 5

A Cigar Smoker on the No. 6

1 comment:

doc8466 said...

Great review! I wish there were more reviews, across all of the cigar blogs, comparing different vitolas in the same blend. I've only had the lancero, loved it, and have every intention of trying each eventually.

Thanks for the reviews!