Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Cigar.com Cuban Label

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Size: 5×50, Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra (Cuban Hybrid)

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Price: Box of 20, $45.95

Grade: 8.5

We have reviewed quite a few of the Cigar.com House Blends here at Toasted Foot and all of them have been good smokes with scores consistently in the mid to high 8’s. I was excited about firing up the Cuban blend as it is Cigar.com’s best selling smoke with a medium to full bodied description in the profile.

Cigar.com offers a bit of helpful information:

For this blend we use a high quality Dominican filler and binder. However, the Cuban Label gets most of its character from the special Cuban/ Sumatra hybrid seed sun grown in Ecuador. With the perfect blend at hand, we depend on the expert cigar makers and rollers at the Tabadom factory to put the finishing touches on the Cuban Label.

So, let’s toast the foot and see how it scores.

Pre-light, 1.5:
This is not a great looking Robusto at all. The wrapper has prominent veins and a very sloppy cap. The cigar is very light and spongy in spots, especially toward the foot. The band on the Cigar.com Cuban is very simple and follows the trend of the other blends. The pre-light aroma is sweet, almost like a graham cracker, with barnyard at the foot. The cold draw produces notes of clean tobacco and spice with a peat flavored finish.

Burn, 1.6:
The cap cut clean on this smoke but the filler did spill out of this sandwich smoke. The draw is loose and the ash does not hold well, but this is not surprising considering the construction of the smoke. There were no re-lights or touch ups required and the smoke produced tons of smoke at a good temperature.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff produced earthy notes of tobacco with notes of pepper, leather, and a hint of sweetness. The first third continued with pepper and earthy tobacco, almost damp at times, and with a surprisingly clean finish. The second third of the Robusto had notes of sweetness on the inhale but it disappears on the exhale as the finish is dry. The last third continues the above flavor profile of earthy tobacco, pepper, and some sweetness here and there. Not exactly the most complex smoke but consistent and tasty.

Overall, 2.7:
This is an easy smoke to enjoy; I don’t know if this was my favorite of the cigar.com smokes, but it was good. At $2.50 a stick, it is a deal in my opinion and the driving factor on this is the flavor profile. The notes are consistent and pleasing to the palate. If you get a chance, order a sample of these smokes and see for yourself.

(Total: 8.5)