Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto - Blind Cigar Review

Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Cigar Info

Dapper added the third interation of its Cubo line at the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show, Cubo Sumatra.This followed the Cuba Claro and Cuba Maduro lines released the year before. The Cubo line is rolled at Nicaragua American Cigars, S.A.(NACSA) in Esteli, Nicaragua, the same factory that makes Steve Saka’s Mi Querida line.

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.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra rosado wrapper grown by the Oliva Tobacco Co. The binder comes from Japlapa, also supplied by the Oliva’s, specifically coming from their Cofradia farm. The filler includes the tobacco from the same Cofradia farm, as well as their Guadapupe farm in Estelí, another Nicaraguan leaf that’s undisclosed, and a Connecticut broadleaf grown by Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. in the USA. Cubo Sumatra comes in four vitolas: Corona (5 5/8 x 45) $8.80, Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) $9, Toro (6 1/8 x 50) $9.96, Robusto Gordo (6 x 54) $10.96. The corona comes in boxes of 15 and the other sizes 25.

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra Rosado
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua, USA
Factory: Nicaragua America Cigars, S.A. (NACSA)
Blender: Ian Reith
Number of reviewers: 4 Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Mickey T. (irratebass) John A. (Bostoneo) Alan (Eulogy)
Price: $9.00
Age: 6 months
Release Date: December 2018
Contributed by: Dapper CIgar Co.

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 88

“A Robusto!!!!!! Which has an oily sheen to it on the almost green wrapper. Looks to be firmly packed as well. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Aroma: 92

“Aroma is very nice manure and earth. Some smells of tea can be Identified as well as some rich tobacco from the foot.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

First Third

Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto - Blind Cigar Review
Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Flavor: 90
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Right away I get some whiskey notes, but they quickly dissipate and leave me with sweet coffee, cedar, cream, and hints of roasted peanuts on the retro. Off to a good start. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“This tastes nothing like the predraw. The flavors are very bold but it is a sort of mineral, earth, and slightly charred kind of way. There is a bit of pepper on the finish but it is not lingering. The retrohale is very mild compared to the draw. I find it nice since it is so different from the dark earthy notes. A very gentle heavy cream, pine, and extremely mild pepper make up a very short but interesting taste. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Second Third

Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto - Blind Cigar Review
Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Moving into the second third, medium-bodied notes continue from the last third. Flavors of creamy leather, black pepper, and cashew with a slightly sweet dried strawberry finish to top it off. As I near closer to the end of this portion, white pepper introduces itself into the mix, building more and more noticeable.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“Hey, the whiskey has returned (on the retro). Picking up cherry notes here and there as well. Another interesting flavor that has been popping up lately for me anyway is spearmint or just mint. I just caught some with this cigar as well. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Final Third

Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto - Blind Cigar Review
Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Profile is completely wood now. Burn performed well, the draw was a little tight. The cigar was enjoyable with some nice transitions. Worth a 5 pack” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“The strength has picked up at the end and the flavors are very bold. The problem is that it has a very charred taste. Occasionally, there is a slight sweetness from the cedar but this is a very dark earthy profile. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“An excellent draw, this cigar smoked wonderfully. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Burn: 94

“Razor-sharp from beginning to end. I never needed to do any touch-ups or relights and the ash held on for a very impressive time. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Construction: 92

“All attributes of this cigar worked together in harmony as a result of the construction.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 88

“I enjoyed the cigar not mind-blowing yet very enjoyable. Draw really provided a negative blow. Nice everyday cigar. Hopefully, the price point is comparable.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit. First I was glad to receive a Robusto instead of a Toro. This cigar surprised me with the whiskey flavors…this was a new one on me, and I welcomed it. The whiskey notes did not stay sadly, but I guess that was a good thing and kept me on my toes. There was also a moment of spearmint that was quite interesting. The cigar was mild to medium in strength and was exactly what I was looking for after a hard day of work and needing to relax and marinate. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“I loved loved loved this cigar. It was a wonderful delight of nuts, cream, pepper, leather, and fruity notes at times. Paired with a wonderful draw, construction, and burn, this is hands down a box worthy smoke for all your medium-bodied smokers. Not once did it stray into any off-flavors as it burned all the way to the end. I recommend this stick for anyone that enjoys fine cigars!” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“The profile is just out of my wheelhouse so I wasn’t a huge fan and probably wouldn’t smoke another one. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good cigar and that others might not enjoy it immensely. It does a lot of things very well in terms of draw, smoke output, and texture, and there were a number of profile transitions. I just found that the heavy level of char made it difficult to find the other notes. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 75

ReviewerAppear.Aroma1/32/33/3DrawBurnConstr.Overall
Experience
Ryan H. 879088908885939088
Mickey T. 878588888888888888
John A. 879292959295959592
Alan 929292909097959590

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Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – Blind Cigar Review
Summary
"I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit. First I was glad to receive a Robusto instead of a Toro. This cigar surprised me with the whiskey flavors...this was a new one on me, and I welcomed it. The whiskey notes did not stay sadly, but I guess that was a good thing and kept me on my toes. There was also a moment of spearmint that was quite interesting. The cigar was mild to medium in strength and was exactly what I was looking for after a hard day of work and needing to relax and marinate. " -Mickey T. (irratebass)
Appearance
89
Aroma
88
First Third
90
Second Third
89
Final Third
88
Draw
91
Burn
94
Construction
92
Overall Experience
88
90
Very Good