Cupido cigars first hit the market and gained popularity during the cigar boom of the 1990’s. However, in 2002 production was stopped. In December 2007 they were reintroduced to the market, with much anticipation from experienced cigar smokers. Still produced by Don Kiki, and now distributed by Cuban Crafters, the Cupido line of cigars is available to a whole new generation of cigar enthusiasts. Today’s cigar comes to you courtesy of Duque Cigars.
Company: Cuban Crafters
Made in: Esteli, Nicaragua
Made by: Tabacalera Esteli
Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
MSRP: $3.40 each/$84.99 box of 25
The Cupido Criollo was box-pressed and felt slightly spongy to the touch. The dark criollo wrapper was rugged in appearance, with tiny veins, but not unattractive. These cigars were constructed well, and despite the sponginess, they appeared to be very solidly constructed. Pre-light aroma was of tobacco and hay, and the pre-light draw was near perfect.
Right off the light I got a ton of oaky flavors mixed with hints of cinnamon spice. The cigar produced abundant amounts of thick yellowish smoke, that quickly filled the room with a pleasant aroma of hay. As I reached about the 1 inch mark I began to pick up on a wonderful mixture of flavors, that can best be described at dark chocolate covered peanuts. The ash was dark gray in color and held solidly as I puffed away on the cigars. This cigar was burning straight and drawing perfectly.
The second third of this cigar did bring some change. I could no longer tastes as much of the woody component as I could a smoothy leatheriness, that balanced nicely with the chocolate and peanuts. The cinnamon spice remained, and added interest, to an otherwise smooth tasting smoke. The ash on these cigars is amazing, staying attached for as much as the entire first two thirds of the cigar.
The final third of the Cupido brought just as much smoking pleasure as the last two. The flavors remained complex with hints of spice, chocolate, nuts and leather. The cigar continued to burn straight, and produced a nice tight ash.
If you have not yet tried the Cupido you should. The flavors are rich and complex without being overbearing. The Cupido is medium bodied, but full of flavor, and leaves me wanting more. This cigar is available in a variety of sizes, and a maduro version was recently released; only adding to the number of choices to fit your preference .