Cubao No. 3 Lancero

Cubao No. 3

CubaoOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 1/2 x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Ecuador Sumatra Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each

The Cubao brand is owned by United Tobacco and is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua by Don Pepin Garcia. This is a fairly recent release, as this brand is less than 1 year old. I have smoked the Cubao No. 4 (robusto) a few times previously, but this is my 1st tasting of the lancero. The No. 3 is unique from the other vitolas of this line, in that it comes in boxes of 30 instead of 20.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★½☆
This was a rustic looking cigar with strange red blotches on the wrapper, but no big veins. It also had an unusual two-tone wrapper, being darker on the ends and lighter in the middle. The cigar also had a nice pigtailed triple cap and had a leathery prelight aroma.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
Despite being a rough and weird looking cigar, it was exceptionally well made. It maintained a perfect draw and fairly even burn for the duration of the smoke. No construction problems to report.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
This full-bodied lancero was smooth upon lighting and very spicy. The 1st half had some earthy undertones, which were overshadowed by the cigar’s spiciness. During the 2nd half the cigar lost some spiciness and picked up a nice espresso flavor, while maintaining its pleasant smoothness. At the end of this cigar the earthiness intensified and hints of cedar developed. This cigar tasted more well-aged than I expected and was surprisingly complex, more so than its robusto brother.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
This stick has a retail price of about $7, and is a strong buy at that price point. It isn’t flashy by any means, but offers a nicely complex smoke that is to the level of more expensive cigars.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
The Cubao line has been receiving some nice press and high reviews since its release, and I feel they are well deserved. I haven’t smoked a bad one yet. I think this lancero showcases the blend well and its long length gives the cigar time to develop added complexity. I highly recommend trying a Cubao, especially if you are a fan of Nicaraguan tobacco.