|Filler||Nicaragua, Connecticut Broadleaf|
|Tasting Notes||Cayenne pepper, cream, roasted almonds, floral sweetness, dark chocolate, cashews, earth, espresso|
If you get a chance to hear Dapper Cigar Co. founder Ian Reith on a podcast or YouTube video, give him a listen. It's fun to hear Reith talk about his journey into cigars. With absolutely zero background in cigars (other than enjoying them), he dove in and made every mistake along the way and somehow ended up on the other side. "It's brutal. It's soul-sucking," said Reith of trying to sell his cigars on the road. "It's the equivalent of a comedian bombing, with stuff being thrown at you on the stage." One of the things that helped him along the way was how transparent he was about his cigars. Unlike many companies, he discloses all the details of the tobacco, even to the farms and companies where the tobacco is grown. Also what helped: every line in his portfolio is really, really good. And while his lines with sexier labels like La Madrina and El Borracho have received most of the hype (and sales), in our opinion the Cubo Sumatra (released in 2018) is his most underrated cigar, and even one of the most overlooked in the entire cigar industry. This, ladies and gents, is why we smoke blind. From the very first puff to the last, rich flavors abound. Cayenne pepper, cream, roasted almonds, dark chocolate, espresso... Full flavored at its finest. What more can we ask for?
|Review #1 Content||
Dapper Cigar Co. is a relatively small brand that has had some success with its El Borracho blend, but the Cubo Sumatra is in a whole new league. While the first third was a bit generic, the profile really picks up right after the second third begins, with a dominant creamy Mexican hot chocolate note dominant on the retrohale combined with a fairly unique floral sweetness on the finish. The excellent construction was also a big plus —I only had to touch up one of the samples once in the final third—and the balance of strength, flavors and body is undeniable. This cigar will definitely be one I smoke again—I particularly enjoyed it in the morning— and anyone who is a fan of medium-strength, full-flavored blends should track this down post-haste to try for themselves.
|Review #2||Stogie Press|
|Review #2 Content||
Overall, the Dapper Cigars Cubo Sumatra toro was indeed a flavor bomb. With enticing aromas and palate pleasing flavor notes, the Cubo Sumatra is one that will keep your interest peaked through every puff. It did have some burn issues that required a couple of touch-ups along the way, to keep it burning straight. The price point is right in the wheel-house of many cigar enthusiasts and this is one I would recommend picking up a 5 pack of. I rate this a 91.