May 27, 2014
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Ometepe
Binder : Ometepe
Strength : Medium to Full
Price : $8.75
Painstakingly created in Esteli, Nicaragua by the owner of Quality Importers, the Cult brand is a labor of love. Since its launch in the beginning of 2013, the Cult brand has been earning mixed reviews from cigar lovers all over the world. The Cult Ometepe is swaddled in a dark, ruddy colored Ecuadorian Habano leaf. The wrapper leaf is veiny and rough, giving the Ometepe a desultory look. The five-and-a-half inch long stick is banded with a drab brown and white “Cult” band. All in all, the Cult Ometepe is not a stick that would catch my attention on the shelf of a brick and mortar.
What makes the Ometepe stand out from the crowd is on the inside; underneath the shoddy looking wrapper and bromidic band. The binder and long-leaf filler are grown on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. This tiny, hourglass shaped island was formed by two volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas. The volcanic activity on the island has left behind incredibly fertile soil, perfect for growing tobacco and the Cult Ometepe is stuffed with it. The length of the large Robusto is plump and nicely filled. The cap is thin but squarely mounted.
The pre-light aroma from the wrapper is a faint and sweet while the foot is rich and toasty with notes of black cherry and nuts. The cold draw is mild and nutty. Once lit, the first few puffs are full of red pepper and a slightly ashy flavor. The ashy flavor ebbs quickly while pungent flavors of peanuts and toasted wheat take center stage. A honeyed sweetness begins to peak through at the end of the second third and is in full swing by the second third. Earthy notes of cedar and leather push their way though midway through the second third. The final third is dominated by dark flavors of smoked hickory, leather, and rich tobacco.
Cult’s Ometepe Grande Robusto draws nicely, producing large plumes of thick, rich smoke with each puff. The dark gray ash is strong and compact, growing to almost two inches before the first drop. The burn is slow and even. The ash drops a total of three times during the eighty-four minute smoke.
The Cult Ometepe is a surprisingly rich, complex smoke. I am embarrassed to admit that, left to my own devices; I would have avoided smoking this stick simply because of the name (Cult… who names a brand “Cult?” It’s just silly and downright presumptuous!) and appearance. Despite all of that, the Ometepe is a delightful smoke and definitely worth a try.
May 29, 2014
Good review. Makes me really want to try the cigar. Plus, your review is like a George Will column: lots or erudite words!
May 27, 2014
Wow, this flavor profile sounds exactly like my cup of tea. Great review, I’ll be on the lookout for these.
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