I recently smoked the Ortega Cubao Toro. It was a mediocre cigar at best. This content uses referral links.
I received the Ortega Cubao Toro in a recent Cigar of the Month Club shipment, and it was a rare miss. While it appears to be well-ranked elsewhere, I found it to be a mediocre smoke at best, on the low end of what is acceptable for a premium cigar.
I still strongly recommend the Cigar of the Month Club, but I cannot endorse this specific cigar.
A Nicaraguan cigar with Nicaraguan fillers and binders and Ecuadorian wrapper, it was on the low end of just okay.
As you can see, the label was plain but eloquent.
Look and Condition of the Ortega Cubao Toro
The Ortega Cubao was a relatively nice-looking cigar with a Colorado wrapper that had an attractive oily sheen.
There were, however, some apparent flaws, the most obvious of which was the wrapper’s bumpy appearance, caused by what looked like unevenness in the binder pushing against the wrapper from underneath.
The cigar felt well-constructed and reliable. There was, however, some inconsistency in the firmness on the squeeze throughout the cigar.
This did not bode well for things to come.
The wrapper of the Ortega Cubao Toro smelled terrific. It had a smooth, earthy aroma with hints of pepper and cedar. On this note, the Ortega Cubao Toro was perfect.
The cut was just okay. The cigar, however, lacked the necessary firmness. It gave too easily against the blade, allowing itself to be crushed a bit and causing some fraying and slight damage to the integrity of the cigar’s wrapper further down the stick.
The cigar lit up smoothly and evenly with little effort.
The draw of the Ortega Cubao Toro was just okay. It produced too little smoke and required too much effort in the beginning. It did, however, get significantly better as the smoke progressed.
Flavor in the Nose
The flavor of the smoke in the nose was peppery with a bit of bite. The pepper was too strong, particularly in my sinuses. I noticed a hint of cedar, but the pepper overwhelmed it (and everything else).
Flavor on the Palette
The Ortega Cubao Toro was a decent tasting cigar with an enjoyable flavor. I detected some cream and cedar, but it was too peppery for my taste, particularly in the beginning. It did, however, mellow out a bit as the smoke progressed.
Aroma of the Smoke
Following the initial light, the Ortega Cubao Toro smelled of cream and pepper with a bit of a bite. It was okay, but not great.
The burn was perfect. The cigar burned smoothly and evenly throughout.
The strength of the ash was much less than I expect from a premium cigar. It dropped off without warning, and it even fell into my lap at one point. It required monitoring, which diminished the pleasure of the smoke.
Effect of the Smoke
As I have written before, different people react to different cigars differently. For me, I don’t care for the nicotine-high that many cigar lovers enjoy, and this cigar left me with just that high feeling.
No Loose Tobacco
Despite the initial fraying after the cut, I never got any loose bits of tobacco in my mouth.
Final Grade of the Ortega Cubao Toro
The Ortega Cubao Toro was a mediocre smoke. I would not consider buying a box. I understand that there has been some rave surrounding this cigar manufacturer and its past products. Still, I was not satisfied with the Ortega Cubao Toro.
At $5.75 at cigarinternational.com, it’s not an expensive cigar, but, in my opinion, it’s still not up to the standards of a premium smoke.
Final Grade: 73 / C
As usual, I recommend Monthly Club’s Cigar of the Month Club. You’ll get five premium cigars delivered to your door monthly, providing you the opportunity to sample excellent cigars without committing to a box.
The Ortega Cubao Toro was a rare miss for me, but I understand a lot of people love this cigar. So, perhaps you will too. The club allows you to try different well-ranked cigars and figure out what you like best.
At $27.95 per month, I find it very reasonable, even without free shipping. (There’s also a more expensive Rare Cigar Club available, for those who are interested.)
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member of the club for the past several years, and I’d recommend it to anyone with interest in cigars.
If you’re interested and would like to use my referral link, I would appreciate it. If you’d prefer not to use my link, however, I still recommend the club. Just go to the Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month website to explore Monthly Clubs’ offerings.