Blind Cigar Review: Cubao | No. 6
Blind Cigar Review: Cubao | No. 6

Vital Stats:

Length: 5.5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: El Rey de los Habanos
Number of reviewers: 5 —–  (shuckins) (NavyPiper) (lilninjabuddy) (Dubv23) (rhetorik)
Price: $5.00
Contributed by: Nicholas (volpow61)

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“The cigar has a nice triple cap and a very good looking, slightly toothy, dark Colorado wrapper. There are a couple veins but nothing worrisome.” – (rhetorik)

Aroma: 90

Blind Man's Puff Cigar Review Cubao No. 6 Initial Impressions
“Aroma smelled of fresh hay, and pre-light draw tasted of barnyard. I was intrigued and excited about smoking this little beauty!” – (NavyPiper)

Construction: 92

“Well constructed cigar; no visible seams, a very nice triple cap, and a perfectly round shape. Firm throughout, no soft spots or obvious issues.” – (lilninjabuddy)

First Third

Blind Man's Puff Cigar Review Cubao No. 6 First ThirdFlavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Bittersweet chocolate with spicy nutmeg and dry cedar tobacco flavors to start. It is packing a bit of heat that burns when I retrohale.” – (shuckins)
“A very “toasty” profile that consisted of wood, pepper and leather.  The retrohale was a medium strength pepper that complimented nicely.  At times there were flavors that were reminiscent of ammonia which could be due to age, quality of tobacco, fermentation… or any number of factors.” – (Dubv23)

Second Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Man's Puff Cigar Review Cubao No. 6 Second Third
“The second third keeps getting better, I'm getting more of the great tobacco flavor with a lot of earth and tea mixed in there.” – (rhetorik)
“Still mostly Hickory smoke with mild pepper & spice, but then came on a sweet honey flavor that continued throughout this third, with the smokiness increasing in intensity which I enjoyed.” – (NavyPiper)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

Blind Man's Puff Cigar Review Cubao No. 6 Final Third
“Smooth, almost creamy at the end with cocoa, light leather and cedar, but a little pepper kicked in to put a stop to it, and give it a stronger finish” – (shuckins)
“This third continues to impress with its mild strength and plethora of flavors. There is a little pepper creeping in but nothing strong, more like red pepper. There are a few baking spices in the background, and still the very earth undertone.” – (rhetorik)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“The draw was open with a favorable amount of resistance.  I never felt I was fighting to smoke and each puff produced a favorable amount of thick smoke.” – (Dubv23)

Burn: 92

“Great burn the entire time, leaving a nice flaky grey ash, but getting hot at times” – (shuckins)

Overall Experience: 89
Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body: Medium-Full

Blind Man's Puff Cigar Review Cubao No. 6 Overall Impressions
“The changes and dimensions in flavors made it an enjoyable cigar to smoke. I liked the way the nuances of chocolate went from bitter to cocoa, while the nutmeg turned to pepper, causing the leather to fight with hints of coffee in an attempt to turn the cigar creamy.  It did get hot a couple of times, or else I would have scored it higher” – (shuckins)
“This stick was a stick to bring back pleasant memories of days gone by when I'd go camping with my parents & grandparents. It had terrific flavor, perfect draw and was a joy to smoke! I want more!” – (NavyPiper)
“It's hard to rate the overall experience, because there really wasn't one. The cigar was extraordinarily one-dimensional without every being delicious or awful. In fact the most remarkable thing about it was that it was completely forgettable. I'd say if this was a bundle stick, it might make a great yard-gar if you're a fan of the ligero-heavy flavor profile, just be warned this is a truly mild version.” – (lilninjabuddy)
“This cigar was okay… The flavor was nice and could be enjoyed anytime of the day.  The cigar performed well and output a favorable amount of thick smoke which helped it a bit.  This one did suffer from a pretty one dimensional profile that only changed for the worse when the bitterness came forth and took away from enjoyment.  Is it worth a shot?  I would say yes but I would not set the bar high as it could let a few down.” – (Dubv23)
“This was a great overall experience, with great flavors and not a whole lot of strength. I would recommend this to anyone beginner or expert.” – (rhetorik)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 90

Total Score: 90 (Very good)

Link to full scores and notes: Full Notes