Several years ago, the Ortego Cubao was making waves in the cigar world with an almost cult like following and rave reviews including a 92 rating from Cigar Aficionado. Sadly, the Cubao was discontinued due to some of the rare tobaccos not being available. Now it’s back and we couldn’t be more excited. Originally created by the famous Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega, the blend remains the same, now that the rare tobaccos are available, but we aren’t sure for how long. This stunning stick, which is crafted in Nicaragua at Carlos Sanchez’s factory, starts with a bevy of long fillers from Estelí and Jalapa, Nicaragua that is secured by a Nicaraguan binder and cloaked with a gorgeous Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf. Medium in body, this smoke has rich and smooth notes of cream, pepper, and cedar in perfect balance. Accompany this smoke with a barrel-aged stout.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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