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Monday, March 4, 2013

Espinosa y Ortega Cubao Maduro No. 5

Size: 6 1/8 x 50


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Broadleaf


Binder: Nicaragua


Filler: Nicaragua

During the period of time following the beautiful Sunday with the family, I decided to relax at the common area of my apartment building  and enjoy an Espinosa y Ortega Cubao Maduro No. 5 and a glass of Talisker 12 year Distillers Edition. A single malt scotch with a smooth peaty flavor suggested by my friends at Old Oaks Cigar Company. This isn’t the first time I will be smoking this brand. I had a few others about a year ago. I consider this cigar to be a delicious, full bodied hidden treasure that isn’t a common cigar found in many cigar shops.
The music of the night will be from the Chet Baker albums, Mr. B and Chet in Chicago playing back to back.
Pouring a nice glass of Scotch neat, I then popped the dark chocolate Maduro cigar out of its cellophane and the prelight aroma is a pleasant fragrance of barnyard and hay. It is light in the hand and has a nice light sheen to it. The construction is excellent with very minimal nervure. This stick sports two brown and white bands that are very simple but elegant.
A quick cut of the cap with my Xikar cutter and the smooth open draw is pleasant and invokes hints of Cocoa. The stick lit very easy from a flaming piece of cedar and the first flavors emitting from its full creamy smoke was roasted coffee and a light spice of pepper.

The light grey ash fell for the first time at the first quarter mark and the pepper spice faded away.
The second third of this cigar had notes of coffee and leather and the stick continued to burning evenly. A spicy pepper flavor also popped in and out during this third. The smoke was still flowing heavy and full.

The ash fell again at the halfway point.

The last third and this sticks spice mellowed but the smoke was still kicking full. I tasted cocoa and hay in the flavors during this section.

This cigar burned evenly throughout and never needed to be relit. Full in flavor from first puff to last.
I didn’t want this smoking experience to end as soon as it did even though it was over an hour smoke. If you can find this inexpensive treat at a smoke shop and they are in good condition, grab a few for your humidor. You won’t be disappointed. -March 3, 2013
 Robert Anthony Meyers 

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