Sunday, February 20, 2011

EO Brands Cubao No.5

Cubao No. 5 Toro by EO Brands

Cubao No.5 Toro (6.1x50)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $4.00

This is a Pepin Garcia produced cigar for Espinoza y Ortega brand (EO Brands). EO also owns the 601 Series and Mi Barrio line of cigars, both very good lines of cigars. They seem to be hitting homeruns lately with their cigars while partnered with the legend Don Pepin.

The cigar has a fragrant prelight smell to the cigar that is earth, rich leather, dark wood , and honeyed. Tight draw on the initial pre light draw. This stick was pulled out of the humidor a little above 70% humidity.

At first light, I am hit with loads of pepper and wood flavors. It’s a little harsh at first, but mellowed about ½ inch in. A tight dark grey ash developed. Toasted coconut and woodsy flavors were the norm though the 1st third. The 2nd third, the draw opened up a bit and creamy smoke continued to have toasty oak flavors with a touch of sweetness. Halfway through the cigar went out due to a soft spot. Last third had some pepper in the background and a touch of charred wood.
The power throughout the cigar lets me know that this cigar needs to age a little bit. I’ve heard they become much better after about a year in the humidor. I got several more of these and will let them rest for awhile and return to them at another time.

Score: 91

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