Nub

Nub San Andres maduro

The Studio Tobac sampler contains a 4½x64 Nub San Andreas maduro. Now you might think “what’s new, we already know a nub maduro”. Well, what’s new is the wrapper. The regular Nub maduro has a Connecticut broadleaf Brazilian wrapper and this cigar is wrapped in a Mexican San Andreas maduro wrapper.
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The wrapper is very dark, almost black even. The wrapper looks dry and leathery with a few veins. It looks a bit sloppy wrapped. The construction feels good. I smell a strong and bit acidic straw. The predraw is fine and I taste some raisin.
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I taste wood, soil and coffee, the flavors are well balanced, and I taste some dark chocolate on the background. The chocolate becomes stronger and a little pepper is added. Wood is still the main flavor though. The coffee and soil have disappeared. The soil returns quickly though, a bit muddy this time and only in the aftertaste.
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After a third I taste some honey with citrus and wood. Halfway I taste wood again with some herbs. The citrus and honey are gone. After two thirds I taste a sweet nut flavor with some herbs. The sweetness loses most of its flavor quickly though.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great. The smoke starts out really thin and only gets a little bit better, but the light colored ash is coarse but firm and the firmness of the ash prevents me from giving the ‘smoke & ash’ a grade lower than 7/10. Unfortunately I can’t do a nub stand, as the ash isn’t even and the cigar won’t stand up straight. The burn is fantastic. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I am not a nub fan, but I loved this one, just like the barberpole. One of the Nubs I love needs to become a regular production cigar.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Cain sungrown 460

I smoked the Cain Habano sun grown 464t recently and now it was time for the other Cain Habano sun grown nub. This 4×60 cigar has a 7 euro price tag in The Netherlands. It is made by Oliva, like all Cain and Nub cigars and Oliva will keep producing these even though the face of Cain and Nub, Sam Leccia, recently left the company.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with some few thin veins. The construction is, as can be expected from any Oliva product, flawless. The cigar has a smell that reminds me of a barnyard and wood. As any Cain and Nub, this cigar has a band on the foot. The predraw is fine, quite tasteless except for a little bit of pepper.
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I taste pepper and an earthy flavor, full flavored and strong. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some dark chocolate. The pepper fades away, I taste earth, dark chocolate and something sweet.
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Halfway the chocolate becomes a bit stronger. Near the end I also get some nut flavors with the dark chocolate and the earthy flavor.
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This full flavored and full bodied cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The salt & pepper colored ash is firm. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw and the burn are great and the ash is firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the 464t better because of the shape, I am no fan of fat smokes.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Cain Nub sungrown 464T

Now if you read my old reviews you know I am not a big Nub fan, and the only Cain I really liked is the Cain F550, but when I saw this Cain sun grown 654T, a nub sized Cain sun grown torpedo with a price tag of € 7,50 I decided to light it. The cigar is quite new I guess as the Cain website doesn’t even mention them.
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Once I release the cigar from the cellophane wrapper I see an oily and shiny wrapper, quite dark, with a few veins. Like all nubs and cains, the cigar has a band on the foot. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a mild and dry tobacco flavor.
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I taste a dry and spicy earthy flavor with some sweetness. The flavors are full, just like I expected from a Cain. After a third I taste wood with a mild sweetness.
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Halfway I taste another, a better, wood flavor with a floral support flavor and some pepper. I also taste a little bit of nut.
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Even though this is a short smoke, it lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. The draw is good, a little on the mild side of good though. The smoke is thick and plenty. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored and has a firm silvergray ash.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I just might, when I want something thick & phat.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Cain maduro nub maduro 464T

A few days ago I had the ‘pleasure’ to smoke the Cain Maduro nub 460 that recently became available on the Dutch market and now I smoked the torpedo version of this Cain Maduro nub, the 464T. This cigar has a price of € 7.50 in The Netherlands.
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The cigar looks cool, short and fat with a dark, shiny and oily wrapper that has a few thin veins running over it. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is good ald leaves a peppery tobacco flavor on my palate.
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I taste a bitter coffee flavor with earthy flavors. The flavors are full and I also taste a little bit of chocolate. The bitter coffee flavor disappears quickly. The earth flavor remains with a little bit of chocolate. After three quarters of an inch I also taste pepper, the cigar becomes a bit spicy.
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The pepper disappears, again I taste the earthy flavor but this time I taste a bit more chocolate. The aftertaste is a bit spicy. The flavors don’t develop at all, and I dislike what I taste. I think that there is at least another 10 to 15 minutes left of the cigar when I toss it, but I just couldn’t handle it anymore.
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I smoked this cigar for an hour and five minutes before I tossed it, and with what I know now, that was an hour too late. The draw is good, but the burn is crooked. I got a lot of smoke, which is a bit on the thin side. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Never again

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Cain nub maduro 460

Sam Leccia, creator of both the Cain and the Nub decided to create a marriage between both his successful cigar lines and created the Cain Nub. I smoked the Cain Nub Maduro 460, a 4×60 cigar with a San Andreas maduro wrapper and ‘straight ligero’ filler which is build up with 25% Esteli ligero, 27% Condega ligero and 30% Jalapa ligero. The price of this cigar is € 7.00 in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is beautiful, oily, greasy and dark with a few veins, but those veins look good on this cigar. The construction feels good. The predraw is great and tastes a bit like mud or dirt, but not in a bad way.
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I can taste a sweet earthy flavor, quite full and only after an inch those flavors change a bit. I get some pepper with the sweet earthy flavor and some spices in the back of my throat. The wrapper tears at the mouth piece which I had to glue with some pectin.

 

The earth becomes a bit muddy, not bad though with the pepper and sweetness on the background. At two thirds I taste more spices and some freshness.
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Even though this is only a 4 inch cigar, it lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw is good, but I had to correct the burn a few times. I find it hard to light a cigar this fat, and I found out by smoking a couple of these that the flavors are much better when you smoke it as slow as possible. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, not that this is a bad cigar, but I just don’t like cigars this fat and build with strength as their main goal instead of flavor.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Nub maduro 464T

While my previous run ins with the Nubs (reviews herehere and here weren’t positive, except for theNub Barberpole, I was keen to try this Nub Maduro, as I heard positive things about it, even from people that agreed with me on the other nubs. So when I saw this Nub 464T in a B&M last week, I decided to pick it up. I paid € 7.00 for it, the fixed price here in The Netherlands.
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This thick short cigar is just 4 inch long but an inch wide and torpedo shaped. The cigar has a nice hay aroma with a hint of a barnyard. The construction feels good and the predraw is just fine, but almost flavorless. The cigar has a deep and dark maduro wrapper with some minor veins. It is made by Oliva in Nicaragua and it is a Nicaraguan puro.
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I taste some coffee, mildly bitter and just a faint chocolate flavor. After half an inch the cigar gets a bit sweeter with a little more chocolate while the coffee fades away and with the fading coffee the bitterness disappears too.
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After an inch I taste some hay with the sweetness and the chocolate. After that there is no development in flavors anymore, this is what it is and I just have to deal with it.
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The smoke time of this nub is 65 minutes. During that time I got a reasonable amount of reasonable thick smoke, but the light colored ash is phenomenal. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The draw is fine and the burn is razor sharp.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though it is the best of the lot, it is not good enough for me to get a box.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Nub barberpole

On my road trip through the US we stopped at Empire Cigars in Raleigh, NC and it turned out that they had a Nub event the day before. The owners were delighted to see some cigar aficionados from across the pond in their shop and gave us one of the leftover Nub goodie bags. Those bags contained some Gentleman Jack, matchsticks, a cutter, a Nub guitar pick and a limited edition barberpole 4 x 58 nub.
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The barberpole looks cool with the smooth maduro wrapper and the less smooth other wrapper (what kind is unknown to me). The construction feels good and the predraw is fine.
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The first flavor is sweet leather, full flavored. After an inch there is some wood but the sweet leather is the stronger flavor. At 2/3rd some nut flavor and spices show up.
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The smoke is quite full. The draw is good and the burn is straight. The ash is dark and firm but not as firm as the ash from other nubs. For once I didn’t drop the ash on my shirt …… I dropped it on the couch instead.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I didn’t like any of the regular production nubs so far, but this one is very nice. Unfortunately it is an event only cigar so I don’t think I will ever smoke it again.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Nub Connecticut 358

Some time ago I got a sampler with several nubs as I was curious to see if they lived up to the hype. I have reviewed the Habano and the Cameroon before, now it’s time for the Connecticut and I smoked the 354.
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The wrapper is nice, light colored, smooth, and hardly any veins. The cigar feels well constructed even thought the predraw is a bit hard. I could taste raisin in the predraw. The aroma is hay & straw.
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I could taste woody flavors and after a few puffs I discovered a light leather. The flavors aren’t really nice. Further down the cigar I could taste some ashy herby flavor, sometimes accompanied by some chocolate. This is by far the least of the Nub series, I didn’t nub this cigar as there was completely no reason to do so, I didn’t like it at all.
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The draw was a bit tight, but it wasn’t plugged. The smoke was ok, could and should have been much more. The ash was, as expected from a nub, very firm even though the cigar had some burning issues.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I am not impressed by any of the nubs I smoked so far, and the Connecticut is the least of them all

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Nub 358 Cameroon

This is one of the hyped up Nubs, the 3 ¾ inch small ring 58 with the Cameroon wrapper. The cigar has a strong aroma of manure, a light colored wrapper with small veins but the predraw is too light, too easy even though the cigar feels well constructed.
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After lighting I could taste that this cigar is made my Oliva due to their recognizable sweet flavor that you find in any Oliva blend, but it’s combined with a spicy herb flavor. Soon after it’s wood instead of the sweetness but the spicy herbs continue to be noticeable. Halfway I get a slight burning sensation which fades away soon and the wood & herbs are flavorful again. Only the last part of the cigar is really enjoyable.
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The draw is way too easy, but the close to perfect burn, the firm white ash and the amount of smoke are good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, there are better cigars in the price range and the Nub habanos is better than the Cameroon.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part; 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Nub 466 habanos

A lot has been said about the nubs, some love them, others call them a hype, well, I smoked one now, the Habanos version and I think I am the second category, I dislike the nub, it isn’t what it’s supposed to be when you believe the (sales) stories.
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Yes, it looks funny, short, fat, a bit like me, the 466 is a reference to the size. 4 inch long with a 66 ring. The wrapper is nice and clean, a bit oily. The predraw is just fine and the cigar has an aroma of dry hay.
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I could taste some coffee with a bit leather, not really good though. After about half an inch I could taste the typical Oliva flavor and the coffee disappeared. After an inch the Oliva flavor goes away and I could taste a nutty flavor. The nutty flavor is consistent and only grows a bit in strength.
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I can only say great things about the smoke, the smoke is awesome. The ash is quite firm and right before I want to re-act the famous “look at this cigar standing on its ashes” it broke off all over my shirt (again).
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This short cigar is good for 75 minutes of smoking and is strong enough to feed me some vitamin N. The burn was just a little off, but I won’t hold it against this cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar doesn’t live up to the hype and is not worth a second try

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 /10

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