If starting small and having modest goals is the definition of a boutique brand, then Cupido Cigars - based in Florida, with offices in Southern California and production facilities in Nicaragua - certainly fits the bill. Cupido debuted in 1996, with but a single shape in its line, a Churchill, with an initial production run of 66,000 boxes. Cupido has expanded slowly, with two additional sizes made in limited runs: a box-pressed robusto (5.5 x 50) and the "Torpito," a mini-torpedo (4.5 x 54) which you’ll have the pleasure of smoking this month. It’s designed to be a quick, yet full flavored smoke that can be smoked in 30-40 minutes after lunch. Our panel really loved it!
The unique aspect of the Cupido line is that each size has its own blend and corresponding flavor profile. "We don't take a Churchill and cut it down to make a robusto. Our approach is more masterful, and gives us a specific niche in the marketplace," founder Yossi Kviatkovsky says. Cupido just recently added another member to its unique line, the Toro Negro (5.5 x 52). It’s the company’s first maduro and as it was also highly rated by our panel, you may very well have the opportunity to sample it in an up and coming shipment. Cupido cigars are produced using aged ligero long leaf binder & filler tobaccos and enclosed in the highest quality Sumatran wrappers. Each of the 4 cigars in the line has been rated highly in upper 80’s and low 90’s in Cigar Aficionado and "Highly Recommended" in Smoke Magazine. For more information about Cupido Cigars, call 1-888-CUPIDO1, email the company at [email protected]
or visit their web site (under construction) at: www.cupidocigars.com.