Espinosa y Ortega Cubao No 7

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
No. 7: 6 1/2 x 42
Price: ~$7.25

Following the split of EO Brands, Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega split the brands that were under the company. One of the brands that went with Ortega was the Cubao. Ortega re-launched the Sumatra blend of the Cubao under his company last year. However, this particular cigar was one from the original EO batch.

The amber color of the cellophane was enough to pique my interest. After this cigar started off with a classic Pepin black pepper blast, it treated me to notes of chocolate layered with a wonderful Sumatra sweet spice. Once the blast subsided this was a terrific smoke that seemed right at its peak. The flavors and strength were all still there – medium to full in both strength and body. The construction was excellent.

The Cubao in the Sumatra is a great brand. It’s a line that often gets forgotten about, but it delivers a great smoking experience. If you find one of these grab a box. If you have some of the new Ortega ones, I’d age them because if they turn out like this, it is something special.