When Ian Reith founded Dapper Cigar Company, he really just wanted to make cigars for his friends and himself. The first blend was the Cubo Claro, and it managed to not only impress him and his friends, it also gained some local popularity. Flash forward to 2019 and Dapper Cigar Company has eight blends on the roster sofar, and a following that stretches across the country and beyond. Earlier in 2019, the Sumatra-wrapped iteration of the Cubo was added to the rotation, and the Robusto size is the one we focus on in this review.
In addition to the Robusto, the Cubo Sumatra is also available in a 5.625 x 45 Corona ($8.80 MSRP), 6.125 x 50 Toro ($9.96 MSRP), and a 6 x 54 Gordo ($10.96 MSRP).
Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto
Size: 4.5 x 50
Origin: Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. (NACSA)
Wrapper: Sumatra (Ecuador)
Filler: Nicaragua and U.S.A. (CT Broadleaf)
The look of the cigar wrapper is almost papery, but does have some nice oil sheen on the surface. It is smooth and even, with a beautifully applied cap. The color is like a medium-light brown, with some minor striations. It also feels heavy for its size. The wrapper has mild cedar aromas while the foot smells of toasted sugar and some leathery aromas. The cold draw has some spice and more of that leather and cedar.
The Cubo Sumatra has a somewhat subtle beginning. The flavor profile is roasted nuts, brown sugar, and some aromas of leather on the nose. Spiciness is very subdued and in the background. I do get some hints of a richness that reminds me of creamy coffee. The retrohale is smooth and buttery, with a little hint of spice and a sweet finish.
The middle of the cigar is very different, but still very nice. The spices come to the foreground, along with some toasted wood and dark fruit sweetness. It has become very frontal and direct to the palate, instead of the notes being more subtle and coming in through the nose. Speaking of nose, the retrohale now has a good bit of pepper, and some leathery aromas on the finish.
As the cigar closes out, it almost returns to where it started. The creamy richness and coffee are back. That goes along with charred oak and dark cocoa. The spices are mild and really only on the finish. The only aspect at the end that is really bold is the retrohale. It has bright notes of black pepper, citrus peel, and leather.
While I can say this was not an overly complex cigar for me, it was consistent. I smoked two for this review, and each was nearly identical. It is a nice profile that gives a sweet and bright contrast with a smooth nose and an underlying richness. It is a cigar that I would happily keep in my humidor on a regular basis.
Dapper Cubo Sumatra Robusto – How Bout That Cigar?
Rating: How Bout A 5er?
Overall Score: 90
PAD: +0.0 (What is PAD?)
Flavor Summary: Roasted nuts, sweetness, cream, coffee, leather
Strength Assessment: Medium
Source: Cigars for this review were purchased by HBT Media LLC