Dapper Cigar Co. has announced the Cubo Sumatra, the first of its scheduled widespread releases for the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show and a line extension to its existing Cubo line.

While it shares a name with the existing Cubo Claro & Cubo Maduro, the Cubo Sumatra will come be packaged more like Dapper’s El Borracho and La Madrina lines, using dress boxes and classic cigar artwork instead of cabinet style boxes. In addition, it will incorporate a new color scheme to the edgings and bands of its packaging.

Ian Reith, founder of Dapper Cigar Co., calls the Cubo Sumatra a revisit to the original release of the Cubo brand, which came out approximately five years ago. Now, the line builds on the company’s use of Nicaraguan tobacco while adding an additional Nicaraguan varietal as well as Connecticut broadleaf to the filler to give the cigars a new level of complexity and aroma.

For the Cubo Sumatra, the wrapper is a rosado leaf grown in Ecuador by the Oliva Tobacco Co., which also grows the binder, though it comes from the Cofradia farm in Jalapa, Nicaragua. The filer also uses tobaccos from Cofradia, as well as Oliva Tobacco Co.’s Guadalupe farm in Estelí, and another Nicaraguan leaf of  undisclosed origin. Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. grows the Connecticut broadleaf that rounds out the filler. The company says it is medium to medium-plus in strength, while flavor lands around medium-plus as well.

The cigars are made at Nicaragua American Cigars, S.A. (NACSA) in Esteli, Nicaragua, under the supervision of production manager Raul Disla.

It is being offered in four sizes, all of which are regular production releases:

  • Dapper Cigar Co. Cubo Sumatra Corona (5 5/8 x 45) — $8.80 (Boxes of 15, $132)
  • Dapper Cigar Co. Cubo Sumatra Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) — $9 (Boxes of 25, $225)
  • Dapper Cigar Co. Cubo Sumatra Toro (6 1/8  x 50) — $9.96 (Boxes of 25, $249)
  • Dapper Cigar Co. Cubo Sumatra Gordo (6 x 54) — $10.96 (Boxes of 25, $274)

Additionally, the company is including a 10g Boveda pack at 69% relative humidity to ensure proper humidification during transit and storage.

Reith is anticipating that the Cubo Sumatra will begin shipping Cubo to retailers in late September or early October.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

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