Cuban Stock

Chubby ultimate torpedo grande

I got this cigar in a sampler from Cuban Stock, one of the sponsors of my blog. The Chubby ultimate is a Dominican puro with tobacco from Cuban seed. The torpe grande measures 7×60 and has a nice retro band that reminds me of the 1950’s.
This cigar is impressive, big, dark, shiny, oily and lots of veins. If this cigar was a man in ancient Rome, it would have been a gladiator with scars from previous battles. The cigar has a strong aroma of moist straw. The top of the torpedo is quite pointy. The predraw is good and I taste a bit of pepper.
I taste leather and earth, which sounds Cubanesque but it tastes a bit different. After half an inch I can also taste some chocolate. An inch later the wrapper tears and I taste herbs with the earth, leather and chocolate.
Halfway the leather and herbs are the strongest flavors with the earthy flavor and the very mild chocolate as support and aftertaste. The flavors change to a dry walnut flavor with herbs, mild chocolate and mild toast. Close to the end the herbal flavors are dominant with walnut as support and aftertaste. The earth and chocolate have disappeared.
The cigar produced a lot of smoke. The draw is fine and the burn is fine too, although I had some problems in the beginning, the burn was a bit crooked then. The smoke has a peppery smell to it, a flavor I won’t find in the cigar itself. The light colored ash is frayed but firm. I purged the cigar and got a huge flame. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. This cigar lasted me 2 full hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will have to find me some more

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Cuban Stock extra belicoso

One of the sponsors of my blog Cuban Stock send me a sampler of their cigars for review purposes and this is the first review, I have 3 more blends to smoke and review, so you can expect more to follow soon. I like the band.
The Cuban Stock extra is a Dominican puro and the tobacco leaves have been aged in wine barrels for several years. The vitola I am smoking is a belicoso, 6¼ x 52 in size with a nice sharp pointy top. The construction feels good, can’t discover any plugs or soft spots and the smooth mocha brown wrapper only has a few minor veins. The wrapper is quite oily. The predraw is just fine and leaves a mild peppery flavor on my profile.
I can taste a ‘warm’ earthy coffee flavor, medium strong, and after half an inch those flavors are supported with a mild chocolate aftertaste. After an inch the coffee and chocolate disappear and leave me with an earthy flavor supported by a very mild metallic taste. The flavors are mild to medium, very subtle, not complex but subtle.
After I reach the second half of the cigar I notice that the flavors gain some strength and change into a medium to full wood flavor, still with the metallic support flavor. The structure of the flavors are quite sticky. Near the end I also get a little salt flavor on the palate.
I get a lot of medium thick smoke from this stogie and the firm ash is silvery gray. The draw is great and so is the burn, although at the end I had some problems after the ash broke off. Flavorwise I would call this cigar medium and body wise medium to full. It took me close to 2 hours to finish this puppy.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I believe this cigar has a MRSP below 7 dollars and that makes it a medium priced smoke that I would buy and light every once in a while.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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