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Stogie Reviews: EO Cubao No. 6

17 Sep 2008

The latest release from EO Brands stands apart from the company’s highly praised 601 series, though they’re all blended by Pepin Garcia and rolled in his Nicaraguan factory.

Visually, there’s the rough Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra wrapper. More importantly, the Cubao’s flavor profile is different with not as much pepper and a complexity that is enhanced by a smoothness and a little dryness—reminiscent of some good Cubans.

According to EO partner Erik Espinosa, the response since the IPCPR introduction has been exceptional. The first shipments went to four shops on a Monday and reorders were in just eight days later, he said.

I met Espinosa recently at a Cubao event at MJM Fine Cigars. An old hand at these kinds of affairs, Espinosa entertained smokers with stories, jokes, and cigar conversations. I’d been lucky enough to smoke a couple of Cubao robustos earlier, and was primed to buy a box before I arrived.

The robusto is a 5.5 inch stick with a 52 ring gauge that I bought individually for $6.80. (It is important to note that the No. 6 is slightly larger than the No. 4, which Patrick A and Patrick S jointly reviewed a few weeks ago, even though both fit into a loose definition of a robusto.)

A box of 20 is under $120. So far, all that I’ve smoked have burned evenly, had good draws, and consistent flavors. The Nicaraguan filler and binder burned slowly and produced thick, white smoke.

EO creates an interesting juxtaposition with the old-world look of distressed wooden boxes and simple paper bands combined with 21st century bar code labels on the cellophane of each stick.

When looking to create new blends, Espinosa said, it is getting more and more difficult to secure adequate supplies of top-quality tobacco. “I could make the greatest cigar in the world,” he said. “But if I can only make one box of them, what good is that?”

I truly enjoy the Cubao. I find it to be a flavorful medium-strength cigar that rewards attention each time with complexity and consistency. I give it four and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

George E

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5 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: EO Cubao No. 6”

  1. Lisa B. Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 11:24 am #

    This is a fantastic smoke. The no. 5 I smoked recently showed great flavor and power and should age well in my already overburdened humidor. EO is fast becoming one of my favorite brands.

  2. Cigar Jack Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 4:07 am #

    I smoked through a box of these so fast it isn't even funny. I offered the last one I had to my dad when we met up in the Quad Cities about a month ago. Well I just back from my brother's wedding and found the cigar has been sitting in a drawer the past month! I'm almost in tears thinking about it.

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