Nub Maduro Short Cigar Review

November 23, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · 5 Comments 

Pre-Smoke

The 460 (4″ x 60 ring gauge) Nub Maduro is a good enough looking cigar. Not too tightly packed, somewhat veiny, no glaring imperfections.

Smoke

Due to its large ring gauge, it does take a little bit longer to light than most cigars. The predominant flavor is espresso with a good helping of a low-octane spice (i.e. not very spicy spice – if that makes sense).

After the one-inch mark the flavor profile makes a dramatic shift towards earthy/grassy flavors. However, it appears that was nothing more than a brief intermission since the spice and espresso return.

It’s an up-and-down cigar as far as flavor goes. The flavors alternate between being crisp and muddled.

On the bright side, the draw is good (maybe a smidgen too tight for my liking) and the burn is for all intents and purposes, even. It is a medium bodied cigar.

After-Smoke

The Nub Maduro was one of those cigars that I don’t have any real negative or positive feelings for. It’s a fine cigar but, as I was merrily puffing along, I found that I was waiting for the end of the cigar to come along. It’s just a boring cigar.

2.5 points

Nub Habano 464 (Torpedo) – Cigar Review

December 11, 2008 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Cigar Stats
Shape: Torpedo
Length: 4″
Ring Gauge: 64
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $5.50

This is one of those wildly successful and innovative cigars from the Oliva family. When I first smoked one I wsn’t expecting much but, I have got to tell you, it surprised me. It was a wonderful cigar!

Now I am expecting a lot and I hope this one does not disappoint.

Yo! The Light!

Since it is so thick it is somewhat difficult to light. However, now that it is lit it is drawing very well. The draw is a little tight but not bad at all.

I am about 1/3″ in now and it’s still burning a bit hot. There’s a good amount of spice and it is basically a full-bodied smoke, which I like.

Overall, the spice notes stick the whole way through but there isn’t much nuance to this cigar. I like the strength, the draw is pretty good, it burns evenly, and the spice is nice, but I cannot say that this is a great cigar. But it’s definitely good.

87 points