Now I present to you the Chubbys Ultimate. Made by Cuban Stock Cigar Company (formerly Crown David International Cigar Company), this cigar, along with a few others, were given to me by Cuban Stock. (HERE is the page for the cigar that I am reviewing).
Here is a little taste of what they have to say about this cigar:
After years of trying to find the best tobacco for the Ultimate, we finally decided to grow our own tobacco. Using cuban seeds in a very unique area in the Dominican Republic, we managed to get a full flavored tobacco. We ferment the tobacco for two years in wine barrels, resulting in a very smooth, but strong tobacco.
Obviously, the first thing that you notice about these cigars is that they are very thick. A 60 ring gauge will do that to a cigar. The construction looks great, no raised veins and it is oily. It is packed full to the brim with tobacco but the pre-light draw is effortless.
Ring Gauge: 60
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $125/Box of 20
There is a bit of strength to this cigar; basically full bodied. Flavors are good. Sweet wood, mild cherry, warm spice and some other goodness make up the flavors early on.
Draw is good throughout; the burn requires a couple of touchups. The flavor takes an interesting turn toward charcoal. Cherry is still the dominant flavor nearing the halfway mark but its supremacy is being challenged by this charcoal flavor.
What I really love about this cigar is the fact that once you light it you have about two hours of cigar smoking joy. I won’t claim that this is a “can’t miss” kind of cigar but it is worth the time, in my opinion.
That charcoal flavor progressively takes over on the flavor front. It is not an altogether bad flavor but it does leave much to be desired. To put it succinctly, I find the charcoal a bit too abrasive for my tastes.
There are times during the final third of this cigar when the charcoal, for all intents and purposes, disappears. In fact, the charcoal becomes scarcer nearer the end. Awesome!
This cigar reminds me of the Punch Rare Corojo quite a bit. On the whole, I liked this one about the same as the Punch.