Saturday, July 25, 2009

cubao no.6

Ok, now that im back from my trip, its time to get back to reviewing cigars! Between what I bought and what I got from friends out east, I have a ton of new stuff to review. Todays review is of the Cubao no.6, which measures in at 5.5 inches by 52 ring gauge. This is yet again another cigar blended and rolled by Don Pepin Garcia, but this one is released by United Tobacco, who are known for their 601 line (another Pepin cigar). This cigar has an Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper (wow, thats a mouthful) and had a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The wrapper is very oily and thick, with a rustic and slightly veiny appearance. This is a chunky cigar and is very heavy in the hand, but not overfilled. The cap on this particular cigar looks a bit sloppy, especially for something coming out of Pepin's factory in Nicaragua. I really like the presentation for this cigar, with its simple brown band. The box these come in looks great as well, with a very rustic, worn look to it. I didnt get a box of these though, just a single at a shop in New Jersey.

The predraw is very nice, with flavors of earthy, clean Nicaraguan tobacco. Upon lighting, you are assaulted with tons of earth, leather, a bit of spice, and a slightly oakey finish. I started smoking this one outside,but it suddenly got really windy and the burn started going all over the place, so i ran inside quick to finish up this review. I can't take any points (not that i rate cigars by points) off for the ragged burn since they were caused by the wind, but it seems to be evening out now that im inside. After about an inch, this cigar settled down to a nice oakey, leathery medium to full bodied smoke. At the tail end of this cigar, a cocoa flavor make an appearance, but it was subtle.

Overall, i think anyone who is a fan of the cigars Pepin makes for United Tobacco, or just a fan of Pepin's cigars in general will like this cigar. I paid $9.25 for this cigar, but i think that the shop i picked it up at had them marked up quite a bit. Ive seen these go for around $7 a piece online, and at that price, you really can't go wrong. This is one of those cigars that you definitely want a beverage handy for, as the smoke really coats your mouth. This cigar is strong enough that you could really pair it up with just about anything as far as drinks go, i had a Pepsi and that seemed to work fine. Next time i smoke one of these im going to go with a Brown Ale, Porter, or even a glass of rum. For those of you who are scotch drinkers, I think you would find that a nice single malt would really bring out the oakey flavor in this cigar even more.

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