Sunday, September 11, 2011

Espinosa y Ortega Cubao Maduro Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $6.00 - $7.00
A couple weeks ago, a couple of these were sent to me from a friend for review. So after letting them rest, today was the day to light them up. Today was a beautiful morning. The weather was nice and cool with a nice breeze blowing. The perfect morning for a nice cigar and a cup of coffee. I have heard nothing but good things about this cigar, so it was time to dive in a see what it was all about.

The wrapper is dark brown, and looks perfect. There was one little vein in it, but it was nothing to worry about. The cap was multiple layers and was very flush. The stick itself was very stiff except for the softer foot, which made it very easy to light. The cigar gives off a very sweet smelling aroma. This cigar had a perfectly clean cut as well.

The flavor punches you right away when you light it up. There was a nice helping of spice with a nice grassy tone mixed in. Relatively quick, the grassy flavor turns to leather. The leathery flavor is very nice with the spice. Shortly after the leathery flavor, a slight sweet cedar undertone forms.

By halfway, the flavors opened up even more. The spice steps up, as does the sweetness. Around this time, I started tasting little coffee notes in the smoke. Shortly after the half way point, the earthiness comes back full force. The flavor is simply amazing throughout this cigar. The finish gives this cigar an all-star ending. The spice bumps up a little more, and the earthiness does as well. The sweet undertones actually step up, almost to the point where you cant even consider them undertones any more.

The ash was a charcoal color and had a nice layered pattern to it. It was also very strong, holding on until the half way point. The burn was perfectly even throughout the duration of the stick. And the draw was easier than any other robusto I have ever had. The smoke was thick and gray and packed with flavor. The aroma was so good. I could actually smell the coffee in the smoke, which helped me to taste it a little bit more.

This easily just became one of my go-to smokes, if I only knew where to get them. I have never seen them in a store before, so I am going to have to step up my search. This full-bodied beauty easily gets a 9 out of 10.

Until the next time,

Zack the Stogie Man

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