Dual Review: Cubao Maduro Belicoso

Cubao Maduro Belicoso

Origin : Nicaragua
CubaoFormat : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.5 each
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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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Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $146.99 for a box of 20
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Rocky Patel’s 1961 is the first cigar produced at the new Tabacalera Villa Cuba in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Toro was released at last year’s IPCPR show in New Orleans. It features an Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper; a Honduran binder; and a Nicaraguan filler. It comes in four vitolas: a 5.5 in x 44 Corona; 5 x 50 Robusto; 6.13 x 52 Torpedo; and today’s featured cigar, a 6.5 x 52 Toro.

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Gurkha Assassin

Gurkha Assassin

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Nicaraguan and Peruvian
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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The Gurkha Assassin is a Nicaraguan firecracker blended by Paul Flores and premiered on the U.S. market in 2009. I had the benefit of having Paul at my local tobacconist this past week and he told me that the Assassin was blended as a full-bodied cigar with sweetness and refinement… So basically he took the ass-kicking Evil and added some Peruvian tobacco to the filler to add additional flavor and complexity… I’ve been smoking em’ all week and I can’t wait to fire up another one right now. Many thanks to Paul Flores and Butthead's Tobacco Emporium for making this review possible!

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Perdomo Reserve Criollo 10th Anniversary

Perdomo Reserve Criollo 10th Anniversary

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Cuban-Seed Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Celebrating 10 years of the Perdomo Reserve line of cigars, Tabacalera Perdomo released the 10th Anniversary Edition sometime last year (if memory serves). Dressed in a smooth and oily cuban-seed Criollo wrapper the 10th Anniversary is a good looking cigar. They are available in five sizes:

  • Figurado 5.75″ x 56
  • Robusto 5.0″ x 54
  • Epicure 6.0″ x 54
  • Churchill 7.0″ x 54
  • Torpedo 7.0″ x 54

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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

Origin : NicaraguanMy Father Cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The My Father Le Bijou 1922 is an extension of the My Father line which was created by Jose Pepin Garcia’s Son Jamie to honor his father Pepin. Well Pepin created the Le Bijou himself to honor his father, Jamie’s grand father. Le Bijou means The Jewel and the 1922 is Pepin’s father’s birth year. It is a good looking cigar. The wrapper has a dry matte finish to it and it looks like a carved piece of dark wood. This is another cigar that sports 2 cigar bands. They are ornate, and beautiful, and large which is odd looking on this petite robusto as most of its length is covered up by the two bands. Though dual bands have become a bit of an annoyance for me lately as they have become more commonplace; on a positive note the bands on the Le Bijou always come off very easily and I have not had one yet that damaged the wrapper. Because this vitola is so short and the bands are so large, you really need to remove one if not both of the bands before you smoke it. Again, annoying but not too much so since they do come off easily.

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Elogio Habano Torpedo

Elogio Habano Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaElogio cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.13 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $149 for a box of 24

Elogio cigars are a boutique brand that comes from a small factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Carlos Garcia Pereda is the master blender for Elogio, and he is the grandson of legendary Cuban tobacco grower and cigar maker, Alejandro Robaina. Carlos learned his trait in the Pinar del Rio region which can be considered one of the best of Cuba. The Elogio Serie Habano has tobacco from the Condega, Jalapa, and Somoto regions of Nicaragua. The cigar comes in several sizes: a 7 x 48 Churchill; a 5 x 50 Robusto; a 6 x 42 Corona Extra; a 5 x 32 Petite Corona; and the featured 6.13 x 52 Torpedo.

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Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Made in Honduras with mostly Nicaraguan tobacco, the Habana Reserve is unique in the prolific number of lines in the Romeo y Julieta portfolio. I believe, but am admittedly not certain, that this is the only one that is not made in the Dominican Republic. It is a handsome cigar with a good looking oily wrapper that has the look of leather. Constrction of the cigar seems to be high quality. The wrapper is neatly applied as is the double cap. The draw is ideal and the cigar is firm and well filled.

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Cusano 59′ Rare Cameroon

Cusano 59' Rare Cameroon

Cusano cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro Gordo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : African Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Named in honor of co-founder Joe Chiusano's birth year, the 59' Rare Cameroon utilizes a special African Cameroon wrapper not only wrapped around the cigar but also stuffed into the the blend of filler tobaccos. Prominently displayed upon entrance to my local shop, I'd been eyeing this 54 ringed beauty for the longest time and for the price, I can't for the life of me figure out why up until today I hadn't tried one. Something about this stick just screamed mediocrity and a flashy band with no flavor to back it up, galvanized by the fact that one of my smoking buddies had one a few months back and spent the next 6 hours with his head in the toilet... Would I be pleasantly surprised or would my intuitions be unfortunately confirmed?

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