Dual Review: Cubao Maduro Belicoso

Cubao Maduro Belicoso

Origin : Nicaragua
CubaoFormat : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7.5 each
More info about purchasing Cubao Maduro cigars...

Below is the fourth dual review in our series of 6.

Ed: The Cubao line was introduced in 2008 by EO Brands (Espinosa y Ortega). This company is also responsible for the EO 601 cigars. The cigar is produced in Esteli, Nicaragua, and it is a product of Don Pepin Garcia. Cubao comes in two types of wrappers: an Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra seed Oscuro, and an Ecuadorian-grown Broadleaf featured in the Cubao Maduro cigars. The Cubao Maduro comes in four vitolas: 7.13 x 49 Churchill; 4.88 x 50 Robusto; 6.13 x 50 Robusto Extra; and today’s cigar, the 5.5 in x 52 Belicoso.

Jason: The Cubao Maduro is one of the newest lines from United Tobacco, who also makes the 601 lines of cigars. I've been a fan of the original Cubao line for a while now and have been really looking forward to trying the new maduro version. Now onto the good stuff...

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Wrappers A-Z: Connecticut Shade

Connecticut map

Connecticut leaf (or Connecticut Shade) is the gold standard of non-Cuban cigar wrappers. Revered for its silky feel and barely visible veins, this thin wrapper also burns like a champ. It's the mild cigars lover's wrapper and the most expensive wrapper leaf grown in the world and subsequently is used in the world's most expensive cigars. It is mild in flavor with a subtle sweet woodiness and toast characteristics. Blenders love this leaf because it really allows them to experiment with the filler. This leaf is grown under shade, except in Ecuador, where everything is said to be grown in full sun.

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Cigar of the Week: Nub Connecticut

Nub cigars were launched back in 2008 with a massive marketing campaign organized by Sam Leccia from Oliva cigars. The idea behind the concept is that every cigar has a 'sweet spot' and the Nubs, being rather short, are the very essence of this sweet spot. Available with multiple wrappers like Habano, Maduro, Cameroon and Connecticut, the blend received good press and was warmly welcomed by aficionados. Today's featured cigar sports an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and is filled with tobacco from Cameroon.

Nub Connecticut

Photo credit: CigarNewbie.com

  • Linus from Cigar Newbie says the Connecticut is definitely an enjoyable cigar, thanks to its balanced and 'inter-twined' flavors.
  • Barry reviewed it one year after the release and found that it still deserves a place in the humidor.
  • Scott at Cigar Command managed to stand the cigar on its ash and claimed it was a good cigar for the morning rotation.

Where to get it?

Available in the $4-6 range, Nub Connecticut is a good option when you're looking for a (relatively) short, full-flavored smoke.
Check out the prices here.

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Price : ~$4-5 each
More info about purchasing Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion...

A couple of months ago I was gifted a box of Joya de Nicaragua Antano (the review it links to is not mine and I can't pick up all those flavors, but it describes it nicely). Needless to say, I immediately smoked one and regretted my decision 30 minutes later as it packed quite a punch and I had it on an empty stomach. My second experience was much better, but I still found the cigar too powerful despite the excellent flavors that I was enjoying. I continued smoking these cigars from time to time, mainly after dinner, and, visiting my local B&M, saw a box of Celebracion in the corner. The tobacconist told me that these were basically the 'lighter' versions of Antanos, so I grabbed 5 sticks to try.

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Dual Review: Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru

Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru

Origin : BahamasGraycliff
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 50
Wrapper : Costa Rica
Binder : Ecuador
Filler : Costa Rica/Nicaragua/Honduras
Price : $14-16 each
More info about purchasing Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru cigars...

Below is the third dual review in our series of 6.

Jason: Graycliff is a cigar company that produces ultra-premium cigars out of Nassau, Bahamas. I am not a frequent smoker of Graycliff cigars by any means, due to their price. I have had the red label and blue label previously, but it has been a couple of years, so I wasn't sure what to expect in smoking this Chateau Gran Cru.

Joe K: After an Irish Lamb Stew that my wife and I made when visiting my parents, I decided to break out a Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru PG that I received from Three Cigar Dogs Company. To this point my only experience with Graycliff was with their Double Espresso, which I had enjoyed at the time. Outside of that, I had not read or heard much about them either. Some brief research into the brand showed that the Graycliff runs a resort, restaurant, cigar company combination out of Nassau in the Bahamas. As my first attempt with this smoke did not prove positive and general reviews seemed to contradict this, I set out to give it another chance to determine if the issues were across both cigars or just isolated to the first.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #91 (May 8 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection.

Montecristo C 2003 Limited Edition

Reviewed by Brooks at   The Smoking Stogie

Unfortunately, this rare cigar didn't deliver. I guess I won't be hunting this down.
Read the full review here...

La Traviata Maduro

Reviewed by DMJ at  Tiki Bar Online

After the successful natural version, CAO is planning to release La Traviata Maduro. According to this short review, definitely something to watch out for.
Read the full review here...

Rocky Patel purchases 50% of United Tobacco

According to StogieGuys.com, Rocky Patel recently acquired 50% of United Tobacco, founded by Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega. The company is behind popular brands such as EO 601 or Cubao.

Adorini Sorrente

Adorini Sorrente

A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Andrea at Adorini Humidors, who asked me whether I wanted to review one of their products. Of course I said yes and just a few days later I received a package via UPS, sent by Adorini's distributor, HumidorDiscount.com.

Now, I was expecting a basic model, probably a 25-count, but they generously sent me the Sorrente humidor that can contain up to 75 cigars. As a side-note, I have already thought about ordering a humidor from them in the past (for a gift) but finally ended up getting one in a B&M store, so I was really curious to see how it would work out.

First of all, I must mention the fact that the device was very well packed, with a good number of protective elements inside the box - it could easily resist severe shocks that can occur during shipping. When I took the humi out, I was pleasantly surprised by its weight and massive appearance. Examining the humidor, I was impressed by the quality of materials - the black lacquer finish looks excellent. This is definitely something that would make a good gift.

Adorini Sorrente

The contents do not disappoint. There is a booklet in 3 languages which contains all the information one needs to know about using a humidor. Even a complete newbie would be able to set up his/her humidor with this guide. All the necessary accessories like distilled water, a humidifier and a hygrometer, are included.

To test the humidor, I simply followed the instructions (there were two steps - filling the humidifier and moistening the humidor, the hygrometer being already calibrated). I was able to obtain a constant level of humidity and the cigars that have been inside for over one week now look rather good.

As for the pricing, Adorini is probably not the cheapest option you have, but this really depends on several factors. First of all, I noticed that it's much harder to find an affordable humidor in Europe than in the United States. Secondly, depending on your experience, it might be better to order a newbie-friendly package that contains everything you need.

Overall, I can say that the price/quality ratio is good. Adorini Sorrente is a great medium-sized humidor.

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