Short Cuts: EO Brands, Espinosa & Ortega Cigars Cubao Habano

EO Brands, Espinosa & Ortega Cigars Cubao Habano




“The Cubao was originally introduced in 2008 by Eddie and Erik while they were still partners in EO Brands. Ortega re-introduced the brand during the IPCPR show in Vegas 2013.

The Cubao is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua at the My Father Factory is an exquisite blend of long filler tobaccos from the Esteli and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua topped off with a beautiful rich and oily Ecuadorian Sumatra Wrapper”.

The Cubao was available in boxes of 10 cigars. Cubao was a best-selling blend that was unfortunately discontinued due to the supply of the premium tobacco it contained drying up.


CIRCA 2008


Old press release:

“I’ve been meaning to re-introduce Cubao for a while now, just had my hands full launching and promoting the Serie D which was the first brand under the Ortega name this past year, I think now is the right time to re-introduce the Cubao.”

While Erik is gone, Don Pepin is still part of the blending process and production…and made at the My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua.

The cigar was originally a small batch limited release, but now is in full production. Part of the press release stated that this blend is for the “refined palate.” Ortega Premium 



  • #1 Churchill: 6-1/2 x 49
  • #2 Torpedo: 6 x 52
  • #3 Lancero: 6-1/2 x 38
  • #4 Robusto: 5 x 50
  • #5 Toro: 6 x 50
  • #7 Corona: 6 x 42





The wrapper looks like weathered leather. Light brown with a white marbleized affect, toothy with heavy vein and seam. The cello it came in is discolored yellow ( See upper Pic) from the age on the vitola and may have played a part in the slight discoloration of the wrapper.

Rolled in the Churchill format the vitola has a rounded cap and an open foot. The band on the vitola is milk chocolate brown in color with circular white trim. The middle looks like a white colored cross, along the top reads “Espinosa y Ortega” in white cursive designated for EO cigars.

Along the bottom reads the name “CUBAO” in sold white font. Pre light aroma had notes of caramel, oak and milk chocolate. The cold draw had slight resistance producing flavors of sunflower seed, cedar and leather. 






  • Cocoa Bean
  • Orange Peel
  • Bitter Leather
  • Aged Natural Tobacco
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate/Bitter
  • Mild Black Pepper
  • Retro Mild White Pepper evolving to flavors of Coffee


  • Coffee Grounds
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Sunflower Seeds/Salt
  • Aged Natural Tobacco
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Leather/Raw Hide
  • Dark Chocolate/Bitter
  • Black coffee
  • Mild Black Table Pepper
  • Retro/White Pepper evolving to flavors of Cocoa


  • Malt/Hops
  • Aged Natural Tobacco
  • Rich Cedar/Aged
  • Bitter Leather/Raw Hide
  • Bitter Dark Chocolate
  • Black Coffee/Coffee Grounds
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Minimal Black Table Pepper/Dusting
  • Retro/Hints of White Pepper evolving into flavors of Charred Toffee


  • Zero Wrapper Issues
  • Loose Ash/Whitish/Grey
  • Tight Draw on the V Cut/Tar Build Up/Straight Cut In Cruise Control Opened Up The Draw Significantly
  • After Straight Cut A Generous Helping Of Thick Smoke
  • Medium Bodied/Flavors Mostly Bitter






I’ve smoked many examples of the Cubao over a several year time period, never one this old. If memory serves it was a tasty and complex upper medium bodied cigar, one I looked forward to smoking from time to time as it suited my palate and particular wheelhouse.

I love smoking aged cigars, I’m a collector and have many aging currently, with several in the time frame of 10 years plus.

Recently I purchased examples of Cubaos from 2008, the cello is heavily stained yellow from age. I was extremely underwhelmed, the core flavors were predominantly bitter, with leather and coffee notes similar to the bitter after taste of Starbucks coffee. 

I expected something completely different with tobacco aged 9 years.

There were some positives I took out of the experience, the dark chocolate flavor balanced decently with notable aged tobacco.

This cigar peaked some years back and it’s pretty apparent it’s heading down that gradual decline loosing any remnants of the flavorful profile it once had. I have several left in other sizes from the purchase and plan of re-visiting the cigar again soon….TBC!






SIZE: 6-1/2 x 49 #1 CHURCHILL





Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
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2 Responses to “Short Cuts: EO Brands, Espinosa & Ortega Cigars Cubao Habano”

  • Brandon:

    Hey Toar,

    Looks like I am in the same boat as you. I have I think about five of these left from 10 years ago. When you smoke your aged cigars what humidity do you keep them at? I find that aged cigars smoke a lot better at higher humidities. I will even get the 84 bovedas and put them in a ziploc for a couple of days before smoking. Seems to cut the bitterness down and bring out some of the flavors. I do agree there is a time to smoke’m if you got’em. Don’t meet a lot of people who age much so was wondering your take on things.

    • Toar:

      Hey Brandon thanks for stopping by, Yeah I purchased these from a sale online so I’m not sure how they were stored. Most of my cigars are in a locker in W.H I’m pretty sure at a lower but consistent humidity. I have to start diving into my collection as I’m sure they are just about peaked, hopefully there not already on the decline. I do think they go in cycles perhaps getting better with further age after a gradual decline. I need to change my thought process, cigars are for smoking not collection lol.

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